Friday, July 18, 2008

Verbal Section

This section is a 30-minute section with 30 questions. Most students find it tough to score in this section, however with sufficient preparations, nothing is impossible.

You will find the following question types in this section:

1. Reading comprehension passages
2. Analogies
3. Antonyms
4. Sentence completion

-> Concentrate on the reading comprehension passages. They will mostly be dull and tedious to read, so it is advisable that you start practicing by reading at least 4 passages per day. You will have to improve your speed of reading in order to fare well in this type of question.

-> The easier questions to handle are the antonyms, sentence completions and the analogies. You will need to be well versed with the GRE word list. Just mugging up lot no. of words in Barron's alone won't help you. Even if you end up studying 3000 words give or take 500, I'm sure, half the words you face on the day of exam will be newer ones. So, the tips and tricks are the one's that will give you a desicive edge.

Some Basic Tips are,

-> Studying words in groups(those having similar meanings) is much more simpler, than to learn words in isolation(Barron's format).

-> Knowing how to eliminate the wrong choices.

-> Root meanings and lot more.

For instance, knowing the given word has negative or positive meaning alone can eliminate three choices out of five. So the probability of getting the right answer is more. Refer to books like Barron's and Kaplan(Much better book for Verbal) to learn strategies on tackling these questions.

-> Most students taking the GRE find the verbal section a bit lengthy. So take enough practice tests to develop speed.