25 Quick Preparation Tips for GRE Verbal Section
The GRE verbal section tests your English language on the basis of your vocabulary, ability to complete a sentence by understanding it, and paragraph & sentence analyzing ability. So, start preparing a few months before the test.
However, a few quick tips discussed below can help you boost your GRE verbal score.
- Determine and understand the meaning of unknown words using roots, prefixes, & suffixes.
- Vocabulary is the bottom line of the GRE Verbal section. While preparing, you should proactively find new words and build your vocab. You can use MNEMONICS to build your vocabulary. Vocab, as already said, is the key to a high GRE Verbal score.
- Make quick guesses on definition questions. Don’t spend much time using logics to find answers for questions that need you to know the definition. Select one and move on quickly, while you can return for a recheck in spare time.
- Master your reading passage strategy. Reading questions before the passage help some students find answers quickly. However, others feel more comfortable reading the passage first to understand the argument.
- First and Last sentence are important. Pay attention to every passage’s opening and closing as it mostly contains clues to the meaning.
- Questions with Roman Numerals are often Difficult & Confusing. These questions ask students to find exceptions, or choose 1 or more answers. Either mark your guesses and move on or leave these questions to attempt in the last.
- Your reading comprehension answers should actually answer the given question and not only contain true statements.
- Keep an eye on connector words like ‘but’ and ‘although’ on sentence completion questions, as these words may change the sentence’s meaning.
- Connotation in sentence completion questions. Observe and assess if the connotation of the required word should be positive or negative, eliminating choices with unfit connotations.
- A habit of regular reading magazines and newspapers with well-written articles helps boost vocabulary.
- Maintain Pace while attempting GRE. Since every question is worth equal score so avoid wasting time on any question.
- Differentiate the ideas the author reports from the ones the author is advancing from, for reading comprehension.
- The goal of sentence completion section is to make a meaningful sentence. Avoid digging only for words with the same meaning.
- Start with the easiest blank, and not the first one, on sentence completion questions.
- After completing all the blanks, recheck if the passage is coherent: grammatically, logically, and stylistically.
- The Reading Comprehension Answers will often be positive or neutral, so avoid choosing negative choices.
- Connect with other GRE Aspirants through GRE Forum, GRE Facebook Study Group and GRE WhatsApp Group and discuss questions and doubts and share tips.
- Answer the reading comprehension questions based only on the information given in the passage.
- Separate main ideas from supporting ideas and evidences to make the job easier.
- Rephrase questions and answers in your own language for better understanding.
- For Sentence Equivalence & Reading Comprehension Questions with more than one correct answer, consider choices carefully.
- Think about slight variations of each word’s meaning.
- Start with the most simple to answer blanks and move on to the difficult ones.
- Answer daily GRE QUESTION OF THE DAY to practice random questions every day.
- Practice FREE GRE SAMPLE TESTS and see whether you score well.
Keeping these tips in mind while preparing and practicing for your GRE verbal test can help you score well.