Before you start devizing your verbal reasoning strategies, there are a few things you need to understand about the way the test is given. As mentioned above, there are different sections of the verbal part of the exam. They will each have around 20 questions, each of which will be split into half vocab and half reading comprehension. The sections are also adaptive, meaning the questions in the next sections will change depending on the answers you give in the parts before them.
As far as tips go, most GRE prep guides are full of shortcuts to make your life easier. We will give you a few of the best ways to save time and stay ahead of the game.
For sentence equivalence, make sure that the two words you choose won’t change the meaning of the sentence. Keep in mind, also, that two synonyms aren’t always the right answer.
With text completion, thinking of words that are similar to the ones on the word list given can help you to fill in the blanks. Also, check to see if the word valence has a negative or positive overall tone. This means reading the rest of the words in the sentence can help you determine if you are looking for a good or bad word.
As you may remember from previous tests taken, when it comes to multiple choice, it’s about elimination. Finding the right answer also relies heavily on the context from the rest of the passage. It is also normal to have to reread sentences over again before fully understanding their meaning, so don’t rush yourself.
Much like with regular multiple choice questions, when you are faced with multiple answers, evidence from the passage is, once again, your best bet. Also, make sure you consider each statement on its own merits instead of comparing it to the other options.