GRE Tips

Unless you're an English geek, the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Verbal section probably intimidates you more than any other. But you can master the GRE Verbal questions using the following tips and approaches for each section of the test. However, first, pay attention to these general tips:

  • Use roots, prefixes, and suffixes to determine the gist of an unfamiliar word.
  • Guess quickly if you are stumped. The computer wont let you go on until you have marked and confirmed an answer, and believe it or not, answering a few questions incorrectly hurts your score less than not finishing a section.
  • Avoid getting stuck on a Reading Comprehension question by following these tips:

  • Choose positive or neutral answers, not negative ones.
  • Guess quickly and move on when you encounter Roman numeral and negative/exception questions, because they are often tricky and time consuming.
  • Avoid picking an answer simply because its true. Always make certain that it answers the question correctly.
  • For Sentence Completion questions, be sure to

  • Read the entire sentence to get its gist before looking at the individual blanks.
  • Search for key connector words (such as because, although, and however) that may change the meaning of the sentence from what you would expect.
  • Predict whether the blanks need positive or negative words.
  • For Sentence Equivalence questions, be sure to

  • Just as for regular text completion questions, you should read the question carefully and try to think of a word of your own to fit the blank.
  • Once you are sure of the overall meaning of the sentence look carefully at the answer choices.
  • The words you select will be synonyms (or at least closely similar). There may be more than one set of synonyms among the answer choices so ensure that the words you select make logical sense once inserted in the blank.

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