In this post, we have a short GRE Verbal practice test. You can use this free practice to assess your basic GRE Verbal ability, as an important early step in your GRE Prep. Knowing your GRE Verbal level will point you in the right direction for test day success.
If you want to learn a little more about what this GRE verbal diagnostic contains, scroll down to see the practice question types you’ll encounter. Otherwise, you can get started now!
Take the Magoosh diagnostic test for GRE Verbal
Welcome to the Magoosh GRE Verbal Diagnostic Test! This quiz has 10 questions; instructions for each prompt will appear above the question. After you take the quiz, we will email you your results along with custom GRE prep recommendations. Like the GRE itself, this Diagnostic is challenging. Take a deep breath and do your best.
The Practice Question Types in this GRE Practice Test
This test is a short quiz (10 questions), but we’ve covered the basics: Sentence Equivalence, Text Completion, and both kinds of GRE Reading Comprehension: regular Reading Comprehension passages and logic-based GRE RC paragraph arguments. For an even more complete coverage of the various question formats and types in GRE Verbal, check out Magoosh’s full-length free GRE practice test.
Both this diagnostic quiz and our full practice test were assembled with careful data analysis. We’ve done our best to analyze real GRE practice questions from ETS, the makers of the test. During your GRE prep, be sure to also check out other free GRE practice tests and resources.
On that note….take the verbal diagnostic!
The Different Types of GRE Multiple Choice Questions You’ll See on This Verbal Diagnostic Test
GRE Verbal consists entirely of multiple choice questions. You won’t find any free-form answers, although non-multiple-choice answers do appear elsewhere on the GRE. (Specifically, you have numeric entry questions in GRE Quantitative, and long-form essay responses in GRE AWA.) There are a number of different formats for multiple choice questions in GRE Verbal. Standard Reading Comprehension questions offer five answer choices, one of which is correct. Some questions based on Reading Comprehension passages also have just three “select all that apply” answer choices, in which one, two, or all three of the questions may be correct.
For the multiple choice questions where you fill in the blanks in sentences, there is even more variety. Sentence Equivalence questions have 6 answers, two of which will be correct. Single-blank text completions have five answer choices and one correct one, much like standard GRE Reading Comprehension. Double-blank and triple-blank multiple choice questions, on the other hand, have three answer choices (with one correct answer choice) for each blank in the prompt.
Other Free GRE Practice Tests and Free GRE Prep Resources
Magoosh publishes a list of recommended free GRE practice. These resources can help you do some targeted GRE prep, based on the results and recommendations you’ll get at the end of our Verbal diagnostic quiz. From that list, I especially recommend GRE PowerPrep. The PowerPrep GRE tests, which are made by ETS, come very close to the real GRE you’ll see on test day. These GRE practice tests have adaptive difficulty, just like the real exam (and just like Magoosh GRE!). And the software for these web-based tests is designed to mimic the GRE test day computer interface very closely.
Once you’ve got a good set of prep materials, this GRE Verbal diagnostic test can help you choose a study plan that’s right for you. Check out Magoosh’s list of GRE study plans for examples of how you can organize your GRE prep and map your road to test day.
(And don’t forget, this quiz comes with a similar GRE Quantitative diagnostic quiz, and a guide to using the two diagnostic tests together.)
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