GRE Verbal Vs. GMAT Verbal
After the dissection of the quantitative parts of GRE and GMAT, it is time to check out the verbal ones so you could make an informed decision about your exam (and respectively your future, but don’t freak out! This is also a study and exam day strategy number one).
While the quantitative part of GRE and GMAT had plenty of similarities, here in the verbal parts we could find more distinctive attributes. The similar part here is the reading comprehension – both exams present texts with questions that are designed to measure test-taker’s abilities to understand a text, draw conclusions and summarize written material. The GMAT verbal section also contains critical reasoning section which aims to see whether the participant can apply information from a text to other contexts. While according to ETS in the GRE there is not such section, in the last changes of the exams appeared similar questions. They represent short passages which test the application of logical conclusions into another context. We were informed that there could be one or maximum two of these in the GRE verbal section if any. But beware and try solving some of these no matter which test you decided to take.
The sentence correction is part specifically attributed to the GMAT. While the GRE focuses on vocabulary’s richness, the GMAT accents on the properly structured and used sentences. And there is some reason behind this. For a businessman, there is no need of vast explanations or knowing ten synonyms of a single word but to know and use properly build sentences. In my opinion, the learning by memory of thousands of words that you won’t use anytime later and of course you will forget is absurd and nonsense, but this is just my opinion. And, of course, there come some words that stay onto your everyday dictionary and enrich your thesaurus. So, the verbal and grammar thing is the huge difference here and this is what should lay on the base of your “Which exam to choose?” strategy. Whose side you take – the grammar police or the walking thesaurus? The text completion and sentence equivalence are the wordy parts of the GRE I am referring to. Here, another bonus points to the ETS guys for additional crappiness – in the text completion part, where there are more than one gap you should fill in, you get points only if all the gaps are filled right. I am feeling you all that scream internally while seeing their test results low due to this. Life is unfair and GRE is just another way to prepare us all for it J
Some words about the sections, the number of questions and timing. GMAT’s verbal consist of 41 questions in one section that one should solve for 75 minutes. GRE’s verbal, similar to the quantitative, is two-sectioned (20 questions each), with two parts for 30 minutes each. So, here the counting is 1 question and 15 minutes more for the GMAT.
The more you know about both exams, the more you understand that the differences are incredibly subtle. But as you have heard the Devil is in the details. So make a list of all pros and cons, and… there are more strategies and clues that will help you choose, but more on this one – next time.