GRE Sections Prep: Verbal Reasoning

The verbal section of GRE revised general tests contains two sections of 20 questions each divided into three types of questions:

Reading Comprehension; Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence

Reading Comprehension

Each Reading Comprehension question is based on a passage that may range in length from one paragraph to several paragraphs. The test contains approximately 10 passages, the majority of which are one paragraph in length and only one or two of which are several paragraphs long. Passages are culled from various subjects such as physical sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, business, arts, economy, politics and humanities.

What does this section test?

Passages test your comprehension and interpretation skills through various kinds of questions like inference-based, theme-based, assumption/argument-based etc.

How can you prepare for RC?

  • Read as much variety of English material as possible. Read newspapers, magazine, novels, non-fiction, journals, blogs and so on. Since RC passages can be on any topic, it is good to familiarize yourself with a variety of reading.
  • Learn to skim information faster and scan the passages.
  • Learn to cull out the central idea, point, reason, examples from passages.
  • Take 3-4 passages everyday and analyze your mistakes.
  • Remove any strong bias against certain topics. Remember you need to learn to comprehend any kind of English material.

Text Completion

This section has small paragraph-long passages composed of one to five sentences. There are one to three blanks with three answer choices per blank (five answer choices in case of a single blank). The answer choices for different blanks function independently; i.e., selecting one answer choice for one blank does not affect what answer choices you can select for another blank. But remember there is only one correct answer, consisting of one choice for each blank; no credit for partially correct answers.

What does this section test?

Text completion tests your ability to interpret, reason and analyze. A candidate is expected to evaluate, ignoring unnecessary information and focusing on the point.

How can you prepare for text completion?

  • Practise active reading by comparing and reasoning with each line.
  • Read all kinds of things and topics carefully.
  • Work on comprehension speed by practising reading longer pieces.
  • Practise culling out important words, phrases and facts that affect a given piece of information.  Work on vocabulary.
  • Get as many text completion questions as possible to get a good practise of dealing with different blanks.
  • Practise selecting which blank to fill first. Select your choice for that blank, and then see whether you can complete another blank. If none of the choices for the other blank seems to make sense, go back and reconsider your first selection.
  • Practise if you are able to selection an option that is grammatically and logically coherent.

Sentence equivalence

Sentence equivalence section has questions consisting of a single sentence followed by a blank and six answer choices. You are to select two of the answer choices. There is no credit for partially correct answers.

What does this section test?

Sentence Equivalence questions test your ability to reach a conclusion about how a passage should be completed on the basis of partial information. However, to a greater extent they focus on the meaning of the completed whole.

How can you prepare for sentence equivalence?

  • Practise active reading by comparing and reasoning with each line.
  • Read all kinds of things and topics carefully.
  • Work on comprehension speed by practising reading longer pieces.
  • Practise culling out important words, phrases and facts that affect a given piece of information.
  • Get as many sentence equivalence questions as possible to get a good practise of dealing with different blanks.
  • While practising, try to fill in the blank with a word that seems appropriate to you and then see if two similar words are offered among the answer choices.
  • With practise you must be able to master selecting a choice that is grammatically and logically coherent.
GRE Sections Prep: Verbal Reasoning
GRE Sections Prep: Verbal Reasoning - By : | Date Published : 28-01-2015 | Category : Foreign Education |
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The verbal section of GRE revised general tests contains two sections of 20 questions