Strategies Which are Common for GMAT and GRE

GMAT and GRE are both forms of tests sought by students across the world. This analysis is simply to uphold certain axioms of the test prep world, precisely for GMAT and GRE, that is – What are the common strategies for both of them? This analysis helps those students who had some unprecedented change of plans (Transition from GMAT to GRE or vice versa). Would it be possible to write GRE with some hands-on practice with GMAT or vice versa? Let’s look further:

What’s the Difference and What’s Common?

To begin with, both tests are designed to evaluate the reasoning abilities in quant and verbal. In short, it’s all subjective. These exams have a lot to do with the student’s abilities.

Consider a student who can ace in vocabulary, GRE seems easy, however, if the same student struggles to arrange grammar syntax, GMAT would be a nightmare. Similarly, the one who took GRE classes and knows how to solve Quantitative Comparison questions may not know how to approach Data Sufficiency questions on the GMAT. It is a completely different ball game.

To concise, the difference between GRE and GMAT is for the sections such as Sentence Equivalence, Text Completion on the GRE, and Sentence Correction on the GMAT. These two sections do not collide in any of their sections because GRE’s Sentence Equivalence and Text Completions are more with logic and Vocab while GMAT’s Sentence Correction section is more to do with Grammar foundations. So if there is any disparity, this would be it.

Then what’s so common? Problem-Solving questions on the GMAT Quant and Multiple choice questions (with a single answer) on the GRE Quant and Reading Comprehension (RC) and Critical Reasoning (CR) on the Verbal section are common in both tests. In case a student takes a diversion from GRE to GMAT or vice versa, these two modules wouldn’t alter much, however, with few exceptions in difficulty. Many students consider that they are strong at solving these types of questions. If not, let’s see some common strategies for both reading comprehension and critical reasoning. We can assure you that with some hands-on practice, these skills can be mastered.

GMAT Problem Solving & GRE Multiple Choice Questions Tips

Tools: Scratch paper, marker/pencil for rough work.

Step1: Read the question carefully

Step2: Transfer the info on the scratch paper

Step3: Work out the problem carefully

Step4: Eliminate the trap answers/distractors

Step5: Guess or estimate if the time is running out

GMAT & GRE Reading Comprehension Tips

Tools: Scribble paper and pencil for note-making.

Step1: Work the passage: Always look for what the author is trying to claim and what facts are provided to support the author’s position. You can do this in three ways

  1. Identify the transition words (But, however, although…)
  2. Identify if the author speaks as an outsider or insider
  3. Identify the conclusion indicators (therefore, thus, hence…. and Evidence indicators (…. since, because ….)

Step2: Follow only the author and avoid any other clusters (You may skim them) (Make notes only for key sentences)

You can also draw the structure /organization of the passage (this helps most of the time)

Step3: Read the question and predict what is being expected.

Step4: Infer the information from your notes and passage.

Step5: Eliminate answers which are either extreme, out of scope, Bad comparisons, or partially stated facts.

Step 6: Fix the answer to the question and validate.

GMAT & GRE Critical Reasoning Tips

Tools: Scribble paper and pencil for note-making.

Step1: Read the question stem

Step2: Predict what the question stem expects from you

  • Find the assumption?
  • Strengthen the argument?
  • Weaken the argument? …… etc

Step3: Read the argument

  • Identify the claims and premises. You must also try to find the unstated assumptions to evaluate your answers. If the assumption is beyond your thinking, you can simply try and find if there is any answer close to the premise.

Step4: Eliminate the odd ones according to what the question has stated.

Step5: If you are still down to 2, give a reason to eliminate one, and choose the other as your answer.  Else, guess, and submit an answer.

Note: Your overall improvement should be at least 1% for each question. Over a period, these 1% error improvements will be compounded to 100%. So stay focused.


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