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I Am Terrible at GRE Verbal – Help!

This is a common refrain from those who attempt the GRE verbal section for the first time. After all, seeing difficult words, twisted syntax, and dense passages on abstruse topics can make even avid readers tense up. If you typically do not care much for reading and/or have been out of college for a while, […]

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GRE Verbal Sections: Question Type Breakdown

The questions on the GRE are broken down in a specific format. In order to do your best, it is important to know how to navigate through the different question types in order to max your score. So let’s start with the beginning of a verbal section and work our way towards the end (the […]

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How to “Read in Context” for the GRE

Words are elusive, chimerical creatures. They shift connotations depending on the situation, rearing their heads in surprising contexts. A dictionary, or denotative definition, can become all but useless. So it’s no surprise that any attempts to cage the semantic beast in the static, one dimensionality of a flashcard will be doomed. What does this all […]

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Pacing on the GRE Verbal Sections

Meet the Verbal section On the Revised GRE section each verbal section consists of 20 questions. You will have a total of 30 minutes per verbal section, translating to 1.5 minutes per question. So how do you allocate this time amongst the different questions? In order of LEAST time-consuming to MOST time-consuming we have: One-Blank […]

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Sentence Equivalence: Practice Question of the Week #36 Answer

Here’s the answer to yesterday’s practice question, thanks for sending in your answers! Special kudos to madhan_2005 for writing up a great explanation in the comments as well 🙂 Directions: select exactly two words that best complete the sentence and produce sentences that are alike in meaning. Exposure to sustained noise almost certainly impairs blood pressure regulation in human […]

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Sentence Equivalence Traps: Dangerous Shortcuts

A common shortcut on Sentence Equivalence questions is to dive directly into the answer choices, and pick a pair that matches. This can be an effective strategy, especially when the sentence itself is complicated, and you find yourself scratching your head. To follow this strategy indiscriminately – that is, to never read the sentence, but […]

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Sentence Equivalence Questions

Yes, the GRE has undergone a major overhaul and has become the Revised, or new, GRE. While complicated, most of the new question types have unambiguous instructions – in a three-blank text completion, for instance, you must choose one of three answer choices to fit in the blank. For numeric entry, you must simply enter […]

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Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence Tips: Catch Word Strategy

Directions: First, watch the introduction video. Then, in each of the following 10 sentences use the blank space to write in two or more possible answers. Pay close attention to the wording and logic of the sentence. Focus on the way in which the sentence provides clues about the relationships between words, phrases, or clauses […]

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