Gre Verbal: A Synopsis

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GRE (Graduate Record Examination) tests the candidates on verbal reasoning, quantitative aptitude,

critical reasoning and analytical writing skills. The test starts with writing Analytical Writing Assessment

section. In this section, two essays have to be written. One on "Analyzing an Issue", while other on

"Analyzing an Argument". After AWA section, the remaining sections can appear in any order. The test

comprises of 2 Verbal Reasoning Sections, 2 Quantitative Aptitude Sections, and 1 Unscored Section.

In addition to all these sections 1 Research section can also appear on the test which appears towards

the end of the test. The Unscored section is unidentified and hence it can appear anywhere after AWA

section. The Verbal and Quant section consists of 20 questions.

The test contains Two Sections of Verbal Reasoning. Each section contains 20 questions. The Section

comprises of questions from Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Completion.

Vocabulary is not directly tested. Vocabulary is tested through Sentence Completion. Though no data

has been revealed by ETS as how many questions come from which type of question, We at WISDOM

MART have identified a pattern of questions through the enormous data received from our students.

Each section contains around 10-12 questions of reading comprehension, 6-7 questions of sentence

Completion and 2-3 questions of Critical Reasoning.

Three types of questions come from Reading Comprehension: five options, three options and select

in the passage. In Five options question only 1 answer option is correct. In Three options question are

considered are most difficult and in these questions one or more answer options can be correct. Select

in the passage question refers to mark a sentence in the passage.

Sentence Completion determines the ability of students to fill in the blanks. Broadly four types of

questions appears on the test, single blank, sentence equivalence, text completion 2blank question

and text completion 3 blank question. The difficulty of these questions lies in the fact that to get one

question correct, one needs to mark all the options correctly. For instance in 2 blank question if answer

to one blank is correct while other is incorrect, the question will be considered incorrect. There is no

partial marking in the test.

Critical Reasoning questions are based on logic. Boldface and Assumption questions are considered most


To maximize the score of GRE, it is advised to go through the directions carefully so that answers can

be marked accordingly since the exam is dependent on the directions. The direction will direct whether

only one option or two options or three options need to be marked. So, to get the maximum score, pay

attention to the directions and save time from Sentence Completion and utilize the time in Reading


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