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The GRE Verbal Section is an incredibly challenging test of English grammar, reading comprehension, critical reading, and – most difficult of all – vocabulary! So how do you study for such an intense exam?

If you’re looking for a place to start, you can get an overview of GRE Verbal Reasoning with the Ultimate GRE Guide: Verbal Reasoning.

This Ultimate Guide will help you get a feel for the structure and nuance of the Verbal Section. You’ll learn how many sections you’ll be facing, what types of questions you’ll be asked, and how long you have to answer each one. You’ll also get an overview of GRE-specific strategies to help you decode the each part of the exam.

For more details about the test, strategies for improving your score, and resources, check out the following links (they’re organized by category to make searching a breeze)!

Reading Comprehension Strategies

Sentence Equivalence
Text Completion





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18 Responses to Verbal

  1. surya August 25, 2012 at 8:52 am #


    I’m surya. Now I am pursuing b-tech final yr. so, at the end of september i’m gng to plan to attempt the gre exam.

    so, i’ve a question i have approxmately 30 days. Is 1 month is enough to get the good score in gre?

    If it’s possible give the guide lines how to prepare these 30 days.

    I don’t have any kind of books.

    Just i’m preparing in online sites such as
    Is these sites are enough are we have to refer more to get the good score?

    please give the answer. And please sugesst me to get the good score.

    I’m expecting i want to get more than 320 is it possible for me?

    please suggest me sir..

    Thank U.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris August 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

      Hi Surya,

      So it’s difficult to say if you will be able to get a 320+. See, it all depends on where you are starting. With 30 days left, if you are at about a 310, a 10+ point improvement, while not easy, is possible.

      On the other hand if you are below a 300, a 20+ improvement, while not impossible, is very very difficult.

      What I recommend is going through our ebooks (which contains the 30-day study guide, amongst others study guides).

      Also, if you’ve only been using the blog (which is definitely good :)), I also recommend the Magoosh product: With only on-line material, you can definitely get the score you need.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

  2. Amey August 21, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    Hi Team,
    I have just registered for Magoosh free 7 days trail and finding it quite interesting.
    I have a query about a verbal question ..Can I post it here?


    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

      Hi, Amey

      You can send us the question through the black Help tab in Magoosh! 🙂


  3. raghu July 15, 2012 at 3:02 am #

    Hi Chris..

    I want to subscribe to your premium plan… But i am not good at English.. i got just 310 in the verbal section last time.. i have a doubt that whether i could follow your english lessons or i would fall back.. just enlighten me on this issue, so that i could go further…

    • Chris Lele
      Chris July 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

      Hi Raghu,

      I think the only real obstacle to the verbal lessons would be a listening comprehension. If you are not used to my accent or the speed at which I talk then you may have some difficulty, at least initially.

      In terms of content, our product will be able to help you improve on Verbal. Many of our students are not native English speakers. And many begin with a low verbal score and are able to raise it significantly.

      Hope that helps!

      • raghu July 19, 2012 at 6:47 am #

        hii criss

        i subscribed to your premium plan.. and i would like to put my gre date arround october 5th to 11th. so what do u suggest for a plan…

  4. Rohit June 22, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    I gave GRE practice test 1 on Powerprep II and got my scores:

    Verbal: 430 – 530
    Quant: 750 – 800

    I am not able to make a correct estimate about my verbal score, which obviously needs improvement. Could you please guide how to make a precise estimate according to the new pattern?

    Also, I had a major fight with time, I had to guess one whole RC passage in both the sections due to lack of time! I guess practice would correct that, but how to tackle that?

  5. Shashi June 2, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    Over all which book you will recommend for the verbal and among many whose practise tests are most condign ??

    • Chris Lele
      Chris June 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

      Hi Shashi,

      The book reviews page should give you a fair idea. However, I do not think there is one book for verbal, beyond the ETS Official Guide, that gives you all you need for verbal. Manhattan GRE is the best, but that is taking into the account its on-line tests.

      Hope that helps :).

  6. Shashi May 31, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Hey magoosh can you tell me grubers practice papers at the end of book appears very tough which is not matched with any other be it princeton or kaplan, are they relevant and all answers correct??

  7. Prem May 19, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Hey Chris,

    I have subscribed to the premium course and I’ve been taking a few of the practise test and I’m a little confused with the explanation given for some of the answers. So I was wondering how to contact you with doubts while referring to specific question in the practise section.
    Please do let me know more on this.

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette May 19, 2012 at 11:07 am #

      Hi, Prem

      You can us the Help tab (the small black rectangle on the left of your screen) to send us any questions you have, and we’d be happy to help!


  8. aadya March 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Hi Magoosh Team,

    I find your website amazing 🙂 Thanks a lot for all the effort.

    Could you please suggest a comprehensive book to practice SE and TC section.

    Thank you in advance.


    • Chris Lele
      Chris March 26, 2012 at 11:55 am #

      Honestly, at this point – with most publishers in the fledgling stages of New GRE test prep – there isn’t much out there. A lot of the stuff is rushed and as a result deficient. Even the estimable Manhattan GRE released a TC and SE book that missed the mark.

      So I will go out on a bit of a limb here, but I think for the best/most comprehensive test prep on SE and TC, combining the Magoosh TC/SE blog posts with the Magoosh question and lesson videos completely blows everything else out of the water.

      If you haven’t already, check out the product, have a look (there is a trial version you can check out):

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