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Category: GRE Verbal Practice

  • 22 GRE Verbal Practice Questions with Explanations

    22 GRE Verbal Practice Questions with Explanations

    GRE verbal practice is an essential part of your GRE prep! Read on for 27 GRE verbal reasoning practice questions, covering the question formats, types, and difficulty levels you’ll see on test day. If you want to start right away, use the table below to jump to each practice question. If you’re returning to this…

  • GRE Reading Comprehension Practice: The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and More!

    GRE Reading Comprehension Practice: The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and More!

    Over the many years that I’ve been a tutor, I’ve declaimed on numerous occasions that the act of studying only from a deck of flashcards has limited efficacy. That’s why my answer to the common question, How do I improve my reading comprehension? is simply this—read voraciously from sources that challenge you to think critically…

  • Critical Reasoning on the GRE: Practice Questions and Explanations

    Of all GRE Verbal question types, GRE Critical Reasoning questions can be especially frustrating, particularly if you’re encountering them for the first time! If you’ve taken an exam like the SAT that doesn’t have this question type, the logical analysis these questions require can feel unfamiliar. Luckily, there’s an easy solution to that—working through plenty…

  • How to Improve GRE Verbal Score in a Week

    How to Improve GRE Verbal Score in a Week

    Got a week to boost your GRE Verbal score and need a strategy? We’ve got you covered. Let’s turn that week into a verbal section victory with a seven-day plan. Remember, it’s okay to take breaks and avoid cramming sessions – this plan is designed to help you build a solid strategic foundation, not rely…

  • GRE Reading Practice: Writers in The New York Times

    When it comes to improving your reading ability and vocabulary, there is no shortcut. To be a better reader, you have to read and you have to read often. So often we hear from students who have a month left before their test and are looking for quick ways to improve their Verbal score. Sadly,…

  • 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…

  • GRE Reading Comprehension Passage Outlines

    The following is a skeletal outline of a complex passage drawn from a real LSAT test (http://www.lsac.org/jd/pdfs/SamplePTJune.pdf). I recommend LSAT RC passages because they’re very similar to GRE RC, and will be completely fresh to you, since you’ve probably seen many GRE passages (especially from the OG) before. The idea here is that you pay…

  • GRE Short Reading Passages

    Unlike the old GRE, the Revised GRE has short reading passages that are relatively straightforward and less dense. This doesn’t  mean that the GRE has been dumbed down, rather the test is drawing from a wider range of reading. Below is an example of an informational passage. It is definitely not academic and even an…

  • GRE Reading Comprehension: Meaning in Context

    On the GRE a special type of question asks you to determine the meaning of the word based on how the word is used in the context of the passage. These questions are called vocabulary-in-context questions and usually comprise a few questions per test. The best way to solve a vocab-in-context is question is to…

  • The Really Fun, Hard, Dense Science Passage: Part II

    Below is a difficult science passage. As you read through the passage, you should keep in the mind the five points below the passage (or, you can read more about these five points in detail). In the mid-1970’s, Walter Alvarez, a geologist, was studying Earth’s polarity. It had recently been learned that the orientation of the…