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Managing GRE Anxiety: Getting Familiar with the GRE

Active learning, passive learning, reading books, vocabulary building, practice, review, practicing again … If you are somewhere in the mid of preparing for the GRE, you are sure somewhere in the middle of all these; not to mention the advice and ideas you get from anyone who might have just learned about it! After all the hype and propaganda (why are moms here on earth for?), you are hovering over a fine line in your head thinking, “How am I going to explain my status to them?”

Well, join the club! These feelings are shared by hundreds of other test takers all around the globe! And that’s what makes today’s topic special: How to alleviate the anxiety around GRE … Except, instead of discussing the problem, we are going to give you the solution that will actually shield you from such negativities and will guide you in your GRE test prep on the way to your steps to study abroad!


Expectation vs Reality

According to ETS, the creator of the test, The GRE General Test is the most widely accepted graduate admissions test worldwide. One test for both graduate and business schools. The GRE General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you’ll be required to do in graduate or business school.

GRE Verbal Reasoning — measures the ability to analyze and draw conclusions from discourse and reason; GRE Quantitative Reasoning — measures the ability to understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information; GRE Analytical Writing — measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, including the ability to articulate, ability to defend complex ideas, and ability to analyze arguments and identify flaws.

To know about the structure of the test, please visit https://www.manyagroup.com/gre/what-to-expect-on-the-gre

Here are a few sample questions that will help you familiarize with the different question types on the GRE – Quantitative and Verbal Sections.

The different types of Quantitative Questions are going to look like this:
(Source: www.ets.org)


  1. Quantitative Comparison Questions

Directions: Compare Quantity A and Quantity B, using additional information centered above the two quantities, if such information is given, and select one of the following four answer choices.

Quantity A                            Quantity B

x²+1                                         2x-1

  1. Quantity A is greater.
  2. Quantity B is greater.
  3. The two quantities are equal.
  4. The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.

(Correct Answer: A)


2. Multiple-choice Questions (Select a single answer choice)





The figure above shows a circle with center C and radius 6. What is the sum of the areas of the two shaded regions?

A. 7.5π
B. 6π
C. 4.5π
D. 4π
E. 3π

(Correct Answer: D)

3. Multiple-choice Questions (Select one or more answer choices according to the specific question directions.)

Which of the following could be the units digit of where n is a positive integer?
Indicate all such digits.

A. 0
B. 1
C. 2
D. 3
E. 4
F. 5
G. 6
H. 7
I. 8
J. 9

(Correct Answers: BDHJ)

4. Numeric Entry Questions





(Correct Answer: 101)

5. Data Interpretation Sets

Questions 4 to 6 are based on the following data.

4. Approximately how many people are in the production and transportation sector of the workforce?

A. 9 million
B. 12 million
C. 15 million
D. 18 million
E. 21 million

(Correct Answer: E)

You will get to see two more questions.

The different Verbal Reasoning Questions will look like this:

Reading Comprehension Questions

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Sample questions 1 to 3 below are based on this passage:

Policymakers must confront the dilemma that fossil fuels continue to be an indispensable source of energy even though burning them produces atmospheric accumulations of carbon dioxide that increase the likelihood of potentially disastrous global climate change. Currently, technology that would capture carbon dioxide emitted by power plants and sequester it harmlessly underground or undersea instead of releasing it into the atmosphere might double the cost of generating electricity. But because sequestration does not affect the cost of electricity transmission and distribution, delivered prices will rise less, by no more than 50 percent. Research into better technologies for capturing carbon dioxide will undoubtedly lead to lowered costs.

Sample Multiple-choice Question — Select One Answer Choice

A. It is higher than it would be if better technologies for capturing carbon dioxide were available.
B. It is somewhat less than the cost of electricity transmission and distribution.
C. It constitutes at most half of the delivered price of electricity.
D. It is dwelt on by policymakers to the exclusion of other costs associated with electricity delivery.
E. It is not fully recovered by the prices charged directly to electricity consumers.

(Correct Answer: C)


Sample Multiple-choice Question — Select One or More Answer Choices

Consider each of the three choices separately and select all that apply.

2. The passage suggests that extensive use of sequestration would, over time, have which of the following consequences?

A. The burning of fossil fuels would eventually cease to produce atmospheric accumulations of carbon dioxide.

B. The proportion of the delivered price of electricity due to generation would rise and then decline.

C. Power plants would consume progressively lower quantities of fossil fuels.

(Correct Answer: B)


Sample Select-in-Passage Question

3. Select the sentence that explains why an outcome of sequestration that might have been expected would not occur.

(Correct Answer: “But because sequestration does not affect the cost of electricity transmission and distribution, delivered prices will rise less, by no more than 50 percent.”)


Sample Text Completion Question

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Directions: For each blank select one entry from the corresponding column of choices. Fill all blanks in the way that best completes the text.

Vain and prone to violence, Caravaggio could not handle success: the more his (1)__________ as an artist increased, the more (2)__________ his life became.

Answer choices for question 2.

Blank (1) Blank (2)
temperance Tumultuous
notoriety Providential
eminence Dispassionate


(Correct Answer: eminence and tumultuous)


Sample Sentence Equivalence Question

Directions: Select the two answer choices that, when used to complete the sentence, fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole and produce completed sentences that are alike in meaning.

Although it does contain some pioneering ideas, one would hardly characterize the work as __________.

A. orthodox
B. eccentric
C. original
D. trifling
E. conventional
F. innovative

(Correct Answers: C and F)

The paradigm is the knowledge of what to expect from this whole ordeal: Preparation, Scores, Application process, Admissions … Whew! And it’s just the beginning! Please be aware that result is directly proportional to efforts that you put in. As for the Scores, a good score may be anything above 320, and your admit depends on many other factors such as your CGPA, Profile, Work Ex/Thesis/ Project, etc., along with the GRE score.

The better you are aware of the structure of the test and the question types less will be the level of your anxiety about the test. As you pick up the techniques and strategies for different question types you are further better equipped to ace the test. Manya-The Princeton Review GRE Courses prepare you in a comprehensive way to handle the test by providing you the essential knowledge and skills required to master the GRE.

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