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What you Should Know about the GRE?

The GRE i.e. the Graduate Record Examination, is a test to measure the suitability and aptitude of any applicant aiming to study abroad, mainly in the US and other countries where English is the primary language. Some information about this test is given here under: The test is divided into three main parts and each of these parts is further divided into various subparts. Candidates should know about the sectional details because they are very different from each other.

Verbal reasoning

There are three sub-sections of the Verbal Reasoning section of the test and it contains three kinds of question formats. The three sub-sections are:

1. Reading Comprehension

This sub-section of Verbal Reasoning requires a candidate to read a given comprehension and answer the questions that follow. The questions may pertain directly to the comprehension or passages or might just be questions from an associated or linked topic. The key is to connect in some way or the other with the core idea behind the given passages, so that the answer attained is logical and correct. Candidates have to show their ability to understand not only the literal meanings but also the subtle meanings of the comprehensions.

2. Text Completion

As the name suggests, this sub-section requires a candidate to complete a given passage, text or paragraph to make it meaningful. The completion of the text need not necessarily be in the form of a conclusion; it can involve filling of missing words, making the correct choice between the given word choices etc.

3. Sentence Equivalence

This sub-section of the Verbal Reasoning section of the test requires candidates to make two sentences that have the same meaning yet make use of different words. This section requires a lot of concentration and logic on the part of the test-taker. This is because, he/she has to make two sentences out of one given sentence by choosing the two correct words from the given choices. This section demonstrates the most important aspect about the test, which is; candidates cannot pre-learn everything for the test.

The three question formats under the Verbal Reasoning section are:

  • Multiple choice questions with one choice: These questions provide the option to select one correct answer from the given options.
  • Multiple choice questions with more than one correct choice: These questions give the option to select more than one correct answer.
  • There is also a unique format of questions that requires candidates to choose a line from the given passages that best matches the descriptions given to them. These questions test the skills of an individual in understanding the correct meaning of sentences instead of merely going by the literal meaning of the words.

To know more about the Verbal Reasoning section, visit the link: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/verbal_reasoning.

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning section measures the ability of the candidate to use his/her skills of data interpretation and mathematics to solve the given questions. The quantitative reasoning section, instead of being divided into subcategories, is divided by its kinds of questions. These are:

  • Multiple-choice questions; in which candidates have to opt for one answer.
  • Multiple-choice questions with two or more correct answers; where candidates have to opt for one or more answer choices.
  • Numerical questions; where candidates need to make certain calculations that reflect numerical reasoning and logic, to derive an answer.
  • Comparative questions; where two arguments are compared to arrive at their similarities, dissimilarities and inferences.

To know more about the Quantitative Reasoning section, visit the link: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/quantitative_reasoning.

Analytical Writing

This section is divided into two sub-sections. These are:

1. Analyze an Issue:

Questions under analysis of an issue require candidates to convey the meaning of the given topic and draw logical inferences out of it. The questions also require candidates to write about their personal level of agreement or disagreement with the given issue. This section is in the essay-writing format where the essay has to be logical and illustrative. For example, if a candidate writes that he/she likes the current President of his/her nation then, he/she has to give a logical reason behind his/her choice.

2. Analyze an Argument:

These sets of questions require analysis of an argument that needs to be done based on a brief given on it. Candidates have to understand the short passages and then write, in simple language, their understanding of the argument and illustrate how they think the argument needs to conclude. Candidates have to stick by the given passages and follow the brief provided.

To know more about the Analytical Writing Section, visit the link: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/content/analytical_writing.

Some final details about the GRE test:

The GRE is a general aptitude test and therefore, it is not bound by specific subjects or topics of study. The test preparation is an ongoing process instead of being time and syllabus oriented like other common competitive tests. To know more about this test, the official website of GRE www.ets.org should be visited.

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