GRE Practice Questions
2. Sentence Equivalence
3. Text Completion
Reading ComprehensionReading Comprehension questions comprise roughly 50-55 percent of the GRE Verbal Section, which means that it is a section that cannot be taken lightly at any cost. In Reading Comprehension, students are required to read a passage, which usually ranges between 150-500 words in length. GRE RC passages draw content from a myriad variety of topics, ranging from technology, general awareness, sports & entertainment to literature, mythology, and socio-cultural practices. As a test-taker, you will be analyzed on how well you can understand the passage and mark out important points. You have to be able to draw relatable references between the sentences in the text. You may have to analyze a substantial amount of data and draw inferences even from what is not stated in the passage, but might be implied by the author.
There are three types of questions, which you can expect in the Reading Comprehension section. These are :
- Multiple Choice Question – Select One Answer Choice
These question types will have only one correct answer out of the given alternatives. You have to select the option that accurately answers the question. Marking any choice other than correct one fetches you no score.
- Multiple Choice Question – Select One or More Answer Choices
These questions provide you multiple correct answer choices. You have to select all the answers that are correct. Answering only the correct option choices will fetch you full score for the question. There are no partial or negative marking system for these type of questions.
You will be provided with a description or a statement and you will be required to mark a sentence or portion from within the passage that best fits the description. There is only one right answer in these type of questions and your ability to understand and relate words and sentences will be tested. A correct selection will fetch you a full score while any incorrect selection will not yield any score.
You can expect atleast 1-5 passages from Reading Comprehension section. Let us now see and understand some typical Reading Comprehension question patterns.
Sentence EquivalenceSentence Equivalence questions assess your ability to reach a relevant conclusion of a sentence or a passage based on partial information. On a whole, it focuses on the complete meaning of the sentence by providing answer choices. Sentence Equivalence questions consist of a single sentence or a passage with single or multiple blanks. You will be provided with 6 answer choices out of which you will have to select any two choices, both of which form a complete and meaningful sentence within the paragraph. It may seem like looking out for words or synonyms, but once again, the key to scoring in this section is by working on a strong vocabulary.
You can expect at least 12 questions of Text Completion, 6 out of 20 questions from each Section 1 and Section 2, including both single and multiple correct answer questions.
Let us go through one typical Text Completion question.
Text CompletionThe Text Completion section not only assesses your ability to reason with the information provided, but it also evaluates your ability to interpret and form meaningful sentences or complete text by filling in the blanks from some given answer choices. The section also tests for the candidate’s vocabulary by selecting words or short phrases to fill the blanks to form a coherent and meaningful sentence or passage. While the structure of these questions may look like simple Fill in the blank type questions, you will be provided with an almost identical set of answer choices which might really complicate matters.
You can expect at least 8 questions from Text Completion with approximately a minute and a half to answer each. Let us now go through some typical questions of this type:
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