GRE Verbal Section Format

Those who have taken the SAT will be familiar with most of the Verbal section. Like the SAT, there are analogies, sentence completions, and critical reading. However, GRE vocabulary and passages tend to be more difficult than on the SAT, and as a bonus, the GRE also has antonyms.

When you get to the GRE Verbal section, you will get 30 minutes to answer 30 questions that will randomly be of the question types previously mentioned.

GRE Antonyms

For antonym questions, you are given a word, and you need to identify the best answer choice that is the word’s direct opposite.

GRE Analogies

You are given two words in the form word1:word2. There is a relationship between the two words e.g. word1 is the opposite of word2. After you determine the relationship between the two words, you need to find the answer choice that most closely reflects the relationship.

GRE Sentence Completions

These types of questions are exactly how they sound to be. There is a sentence with one or two blanks, and you have to identify the answer choice that best completes the sentence.

GRE Critical Reading Comprehension

Critical Reading questions test how well you comprehend reading passages, and usually take the most time. You have to read a passage (which might be 1-4 paragraphs long), and you are asked questions based on the reading. Usually Critical Reading questions will ask you the main idea of a passage or refer you to a line in the passage that you have to interpret.


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