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GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATIONS®

Introduction to the Verbal Reasoning Measure

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Introduction to the Verbal Reasoning Measure
This document describes the types of questions contained in the Verbal Reasoning sections, gives you strategies for answering them, and presents some worked examples.

Purpose and Format of the Verbal Reasoning Section
The Verbal Reasoning section of the GRE measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and ...view middle of the document...

Each Reading Comprehension question is based on a passage, which may range in length from one paragraph to several paragraphs. The test contains twelve to fifteen passages; the majority of the passages in the test are one paragraph in length, and only one or two are several paragraphs long. Passages are drawn from the physical sciences, the biological sciences, the social sciences, the arts and humanities, and everyday topics, and are based on material found in books and periodicals, both academic and nonacademic. Typically, about half of the questions on the test will be based on passages, and the number of questions based on a given passage can range from one to six. Questions can cover any of the topics listed above, from the meaning of a particular word to assessing evidence that might support or weaken points made in the passage. -4-

General Advice for Reading Comprehension Questions
• Reading passages are drawn from many different disciplines and sources, so you may encounter material with which you are not familiar. Do not be discouraged when this happens; all the questions can be answered on the basis of the information provided in the passage, and you are not expected to rely on any outside knowledge. If, however, you encounter a passage that seems particularly hard or unfamiliar, you may want to save it for last. • Read and analyze the passage carefully before trying to answer any of the questions, and pay attention to clues that help you understand less explicit aspects of the passage. o Try to distinguish main ideas from supporting ideas or evidence.

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o Try to distinguish ideas that the author is advancing from those he or she is merely reporting. o Similarly, try to distinguish ideas that the author is strongly committed to from those he or she advances as hypothetical or speculative. o Try to identify the main transitions from one idea to the next. o Try to identify the relationship between different ideas. For example: Are they contrasting? Are they consistent? Does one support the other? Does one spell another out in greater detail? Does one apply another to a particular circumstance? • Read each question carefully and be certain that you understand exactly what is being asked.

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• Answer each question on the basis of the information provided in the passage and do not rely on outside knowledge. Sometimes your own views or opinions may conflict with those presented in a passage; if this happens, take special care to work within the context provided by the passage. You should not expect to agree with everything you encounter in the reading passages.

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Multiple-Choice—Select One
Description: These are the traditional multiplechoice questions with five answer choices of which you must select one.

Tips for Answering Single Selection Multiple-Choice Questions
• Read all the answer choices before making your selection, even if you think you know what the answer is in advance. • The correct answer is...

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