How To Prepare For GRE Verbal Reasoning?

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GRE is one of the most important entrance exams for master’s aspirants. Almost all universities in USA accept the GRE scores. These scores play a major role in deciding whether your get accepted to a school or not.

The GRE is divided into three parts: Analytical, Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning.

Best Way To Prepare for GRE Verbal

1. Be a word detective:

While watching television, reading a newspaper or magazine, you’re sure to come across certain words that you don’t know. Just look up a dictionary for the meaning of those words. Maintain a list of such words to increase your vocabulary base! (Tip: Barron’s word list is designed specifically for GRE Verbal. Also, iOS and Android phones have several word-meaning apps, make use of it!)

2. Understand the nature of the words:

Mugging words won’t help much. Rather, knowing the nature of words is important. Understanding of the word in a particular context is important. Focus on the root, meaning, nature, suffixes and prefixes. The connotative and denotative definition of the words is important. Read plethora of word lists. Start with “Flashcards” that will help understand the use and meaning of the words learnt. Once you know the words, their meaning and appropriate usage, you can string a sentence and extract the meaning out of it.

3. Continuous revision:

Another significant key to crack the GRE Verbal is “revision”. Just keep on revising the words that you learn every day.

4. Elimination is the key:

Focus more on eliminating the options. Do not get trapped by answer options. Look for the words/choices that are definitely wrong and simply, rule them out! (Tip: In the sentence equivalence/relationship questions, place your word in the blank as you read the line, and then look for the answer among the options).

5. Understand the main idea:

Each paragraph will have a certain idea and theme. Just get the main idea and draw the structure of each paras accordingly. Understanding the structure of the paragraph, reasoning and distinction between the minor and major points is important.

6. Learn to manage time:

Stop burning minutes! Time is crucial! To score more, get a sense of pacing, and this can be achieved by practicing plenty of sample test papers from some standard, but well-known books like ETS Official guide, Barron’s, Princeton and Kaplan. As said, “The more you practice, the better you get”. You’ll be able to whip through the difficult passages and text completions easily.

7. Expose yourself to diverse topics:

The GRE Verbal passages are taken from diverse topics, themes and subjects. Passages can be about music history, biological science, American culture, humanities, arts, famous personalities, business, social science, physical science, academic, non-academic and everyday topics or events. So acquaint yourself with these topics and disciplines by reading the books, periodicals, scholarly articles, newspapers, etc.

8. Increase Reading Speed:

The GRE Verbal will be online so, improve your reading speed by reading online. Make yourself acquainted and comfortable with reading on screen. It is a valuable technique that will save plenty of time!

9. Read deeply and voraciously:

This is one of the most pivotal elements to be taken into consideration while preparing for GRE Verbal. Read widely and in depth as it will help to understand the use of language and also expand your vocab. Take a pause from time to time and recapitulate the main idea or message of what you are reading in your own words to test your understanding level. A high vocabulary will help you to express your ideas in a better and articulate way!

10. Time diagnostic tests:

Throw in a few time diagnostic tests for GRE Verbal. It will help you know your strengths and weaknesses, the length of time required for each question and the types of problems you’ll experience. By following the above ways to prepare for GRE Verbal, you’ll be able to conquer it!

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