How to Improve Your Verbal Score on the GRE

Smart ways to scads of words

new-image2-vocab1Vocabulary is an ocean. Be reasonable with your vocabulary goals and with yourself. Learn in small portions, and review the words that you’ve learned at least twice a week. Do not memorize words just for the sake of learning. Your aim is to learn words and use them effectively on the GRE. Create mnemonics for words that your brain struggles to hold on to. Identify root words and associate them with the words that you have learned.


new-image-criticalCritical Reasoning – Do not open Pandora’s Box

Do not expect the critical reasoning arguments to be logical from your perspective. Think from test-makers’ point of view. ETS does not care about what our logic says. Avoid the temptation to think about the answer choices in the real world. This will not help you get to the correct answer. Stick to the approach and techniques; identify and eliminate wrong answer choices quickly and effectively.

Reading Comprehension-what to focus on

The topics of the passages on the GRE vary from physical and biological sciences to arts and humanities. Your aim is to merely answer the questions correctly and not to read and understand the content of the passages. Hence, do not get bogged down by bombastic words used in the passages. Instead, focus on the main idea of passages and the relation between parts of the text.

Image-new5Step into the author’s shoes

While reading passages in GRE, read them actively. Engage yourself with the text to find what is conveyed. Every author has a purpose for writing the passage. Your aim is to understand the author’s purpose and opinion. Even small words and structure of the English language may help you determine whether the author is evaluating something or merely presenting facts.

Pace Prudently – Save some for the dog’s breakfast

To pace well in GRE, you need to answer the easier questions first. The harder questions could be handled differently:
1. Use the “MARK” button, if you are stuck halfway through a question. You can always come back to these later.
2. Make an educated guess if you cannot comprehend the question at all.

Keep these in mind and you are on your way to a rocking verbal score on the GRE!

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