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GRE Text Completions – It’s Not Always About the Vocab

When prepping for the GRE, it is easy to get carried away in learning big-sounding words, such as apotheosis and portentous, forgetting that success on Text Completions is dependent on your ability to understand the context of a sentence. Oftentimes, the answer-choices themselves are not these big—portentous—sounding words, but relatively straightforward words that, when you […]

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Text Completion Challenge Answers

These are the explanations from last week’s Text Completion Challenge. Explanations: Easy 1. I must admit that this is quite a toughie for an easy question (it’s probably more of a medium-level question). The clue word here is deleterious, which means harmful. The contrast in the sentence is from the seemingly __________….actually… Therefore, the blank […]

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Text Completion Challenge

Text Completions are notoriously difficult—that’s even if you know all the words in the answer choices. Beyond vocabulary, you will need a lot of practice with this question type. Below are eight questions to help you gauge where you stand, as far as Text Completions. To really get the most out of this challenge, you […]

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I Am Terrible at GRE Verbal – Help!

This is a common refrain from those who attempt the GRE verbal section for the first time. After all, seeing difficult words, twisted syntax, and dense passages on abstruse topics can make even avid readers tense up. If you typically do not care much for reading and/or have been out of college for a while, […]

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GRE Verbal Sections: Question Type Breakdown

The questions on the GRE are broken down in a specific format. In order to do your best, it is important to know how to navigate through the different question types in order to max your score. So let’s start with the beginning of a verbal section and work our way towards the end (the […]

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How to “Read in Context” for the GRE

Words are elusive, chimerical creatures. They shift connotations depending on the situation, rearing their heads in surprising contexts. A dictionary, or denotative definition, can become all but useless. So it’s no surprise that any attempts to cage the semantic beast in the static, one dimensionality of a flashcard will be doomed. What does this all […]

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Pacing on the GRE Verbal Sections

Meet the Verbal section On the Revised GRE section each verbal section consists of 20 questions. You will have a total of 30 minutes per verbal section, translating to 1.5 minutes per question. So how do you allocate this time amongst the different questions? In order of LEAST time-consuming to MOST time-consuming we have: One-Blank […]

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Advanced Strategies for GRE Text Completions – Creating Complete Meaning

A difficult Text Completion can be difficult for a number of reasons: arcane vocabulary, twisted sentence structure, seemingly imperceptible nuances in answer choices. Indeed, some of the most difficult Text Completions are a diabolical blend of all three. Nevertheless, there is another type of Text Completions that in some ways may be even more difficult, […]

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Backup Strategy for GRE Text Completions

The solution to many Text Completions lies in the following approach: identify the keywords, come up with your own word for the blank(s), and match with the answer choice. Yet this strategy won’t always be successful. Sometimes we need to work backwards from the answer choices to see if we can create a sentence with […]

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