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GRE Revised General Test, started in August 2011, has 3 Sections:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Analytical Writing

1. Verbal Reasoning:

GRE Section on Verbal Reasoning evaluates your ability to analyze and examine the written material available to you and extract useful inferences from it. The candidate needs to understand the meaning of words, sentences and structure of the entire text. He/she also needs to analyze the relationships among words, sentences and concepts. In new format, there is less emphasis on vocabulary and more on analyzing the written comprehensions – How you read and what you understand out of it!

The best way to crack this section is by knowing more words, increasing your vocabulary out of context will not help you in Business world. What you require is to understand what you read and what conclusions you draw out of it.  ?Reading and Reasoning out? is the key point.

There are 3 types of questions under Verbal Reasoning:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Text Completion
  • Sentence Equivalence

a. Reading Comprehension:

GRE Reading Comprehension consists of around 10 passages.These passages could be as small as a single paragraph or may run into a couple of paragraphs. Test takers are required to read through, understand and answer the questions asked based on the passage. There could be 1 to 6 questions for each passage. Most of these questions ate Multiple-Choice Questions. These passages are based on topics like physical sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, business, arts and humanities, academic, non-academic.

In Reading Comprehension type of questions, you need to understand the meaning of individual words, the sentences and the passage as a whole. The candidates should be able to find out various underlying assumptions, implications and draw conclusions out of the passage given, summarize the passage, indicate the missing information, formulate and evaluate the hypothesis. About half of the GRE Verbal Section comprises of Reading Comprehension Questions.

b. Text Completion:

In Text Completion type of Questions, there are short passages composed of 1 to 5 sentences. Some important words are omitted from these sentences and the test takers are required to fill in these words based on the options presented to them. Around one-fourth of the GRE verbal section comprises of Text Completion questions. Each of these questions consists of 1 to 3 blanks. You need to choose the best answer to complete the sentences and make a meaningful paragraph as a whole.

c. Sentence Equivalence:

Sentence Equivalence Questions comprise of a single sentence consisting of just one blank to be filled. The test takers are required to select two Best answer options to fill in the blank in order to develop a complete logical sentence. There are around 6 answer choices for each of such questions. There is no credit for partially correct answers.

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2. Quantitative Reasoning:

Quantitative Reasoning evaluates a candidate?s problem solving abilities on basic concepts like arithmetic, algebra, geometry and also data analysis.A Candidate is required to comprehend quantitative information, interpret, analyze, and find solutions by applying basic mathematical concepts.The candidates will be provided with an on-screen calculator for quantitative section. In case of Paper-based test, calculators will be provided to the candidates at the test center.

The GRE Quantitative Reasoning Section consists of four types of questions:

  • Quantitative Comparison Questions
  • Multiple-choice Questions – Select One Answer Choice
  • Multiple-choice Questions – Select One or More Answer Choices
  • Numeric Entry Questions

The key areas are Data Interpretation and Real-life scenarios instead of mathematical calculations. Candidates need to know the application of mathematical concepts while solving the GRE Quantitative Section.


3. Analytical Writing:

Analytical Writing evaluates a candidate?s critical thinking and analytical writing skills.You will be given a task and you need to provide focused responses. Analytical Writing comprises of two separate Questions:

  • Analyze an Issue ? 30 minutes
  • Analyze an Argument ? 30 minutes


Analyze an Issue:

This task examines your caliber to think critically about an issue, analyze and articulate your thoughts in written form.

Analyze an Argument:

This task examines your caliber to understand, analyze and examine the arguments and articulate your evaluations in written form.

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