GRE Verbal Strategy – I 3


It is not easy to ace GRE verbal vocabulary questions, unless and until you have good knowledge of English grammar and the GRE vocabulary words, their meanings and usages.  You cannot expect to get high GRE scores unless and until you ace the vocabulary section. In this post, we will discuss a few strategies that will make overall verbal preparation and practice easy, fun and more efficient.

The Four Realms, the Four Nemesis

Verbal section comprises mainly of four kinds of questions:

  • Analogy Test
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Antonym/Synonym
  • Sentence Completion/Correction

Analogy Tests- Why do they test?

Basically, through analogy tests, the GRE test developers judge a candidate’s ability to judge and establish relationship between the given pair of words. Once the relationship is ascertained, the candidate is to choose the pair of words from the options that are related in exactly the same way as the words in the question.

Example:

Tiara : Head ∷

a)      Knapsack : Back

b)      Palm : Hand

c)       Noose : Neck

d)      Eqaulet: Shoulder

Solving Strategy: First determine the meaning of the words in the question and then find the relation between them. Next, determine the meaning of the words in the option pairs and select the one that reflects the same relation as the words in the question pair.

In the above example, Tiara means a crown and Head here means the human head. The relation is obviously that of a wearing object & body part where it is worn. Just as Tiara is worn on the Head, a Knapsack (bag) is carried on the back. So, the correct answer is (d). Try more GRE analogy questions here.

Reading Comprehension

This is not merely reading and trying to understand what the author is trying to say ( though half the fort is conquered if you did that). GRE reading comprehension requires the candidate to read a passage thoroughly, reading between the lines and taking quick notes where necessary. After reading the passage, quickly scan the questions and the options and set about finding the answers. KEEP TAB OF TIME.

Example:

Don’t spend the night tossing and turning. Take Eezy – for a sound sleep…you will wake up refreshed; energized with no drugged up hang over. Remember Eezy when you need that sleep.

Which of the following is not a claim of Eezy?

a)      A good night’s sleep

b)      A restful slumber

c)       Added energy

d)      Quickly falling asleep

Solving strategy

Quickly underline the parts in the text where the claims pertaining to the options have been made. After you’ve done that, you will find that the answer is (d) because nowhere in the advertisement text, the quickly falling asleep has been highlighted.

In the next post, we’d take up GRE verbal strategies for solving sentence completion/correction and antonym-synonym questions.


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