GRE or Graduate Record Examination is a world renowned admission test required to be given by the candidates desirous of taking admission to graduate programs primarily in the areas of engineering and sciences at education institutions in USA. The GRE is designed to help graduate schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in technical fields. GRE scores are used by more than 3,000 graduate programs throughout the world. These scores are valid for a period of five years.
About the GRE
The Analytical Writing assessment section of the test measures your ability to think critically and interface complex ideas through writing.
The Quantitative Section of the GRE exam measures your ability to reason mathematically, solve quantitative problems and interpret graphic data.
This section contains the following type of questions
- Problem Solving
- Quantitative Comparison
- Numeric Entry
The Verbal Reasoning Section of the test measures your ability to understand and evaluate what you read and to recognize basic conventions of standard written English.
This section contains the following type of questions
- Reading Comprehension
- Text Completion
- Sentence Equivalence
Tips for the GRE
- Within the 30 minute time limit for the issue, you will need to allow sufficient time to consider the issue/argument topic and the specific instructions, plan a response and compose your essay.
- Although an occasional spelling or grammatical error will not affect your score, severe and persistent errors will detract from the overall effectiveness of your writing and will lower your score.
Reading Comprehension questions are designed to test a wide range of abilities required to read and understand the kinds of prose commonly encountered in graduate school. Those abilities include
- Understanding the meaning of individual words
- Distinguishing between minor and major parts
- Drawing conclusions from the information provided
- Understanding the structure of the text, how the parts relate to one another
- Identifying the author’s perspective and assumptions
- Developing and considering alternative explanations
Select One Answer Choice
- Read all the answer choices before making your selection, even if you think you know what the answer is in advance
- Don’t be misled by answer choices that are only partially true. The correct answer is the one that most accurately and most completely answers the question posed. Be careful not to pick an answer choice simply because it is a true statement
- Pay attention to context. When the question asks about the meaning of a word in a passage, be sure that the answer choice you select correctly represents the way that word is being used in the passage. Many words have different meanings in different contexts
Select One or More Answer Choices
- Evaluate each answer choice separately on its own merits
- Do not be disturbed if you think all three answer choices are correct. Questions of this type can have three correct answer choices
- Be careful to evaluate each of the relevant sentences in the passage separately before selecting your answer. Do not evaluate any sentences that are outside the paragraphs under consideration
- Do not select a sentence if the description given in the question only partially applies. A correct answer choice must accurately match the description in the question. Note, however that the description need not be complete, there may be aspects of the sentence that are not fully described in the question
- Read through the passage to get an overall sense of it
- Identify words or phrases that seem significant
- Do not assume that the first blank is the one that should be filled first
- Double check your answers. After you have made your selection for each blank, check to make sure if the passage is logically and grammatically coherent
To get credit for answering a sentence equivalence question correctly, you must come up with two correct answer choices that work equally well. The answer choices to sentence equivalence questions are marked with square boxes, not with circles or ovals. Square boxes are your clue that you must select two answer choices to get the question right
- Read the sentences to get an overall sense of it
- Identify words or phrases that seem particularly significant. They should be central to understanding what the sentence is about
- Double check your answers. When you have selected your pair of answer choices, make sure that the two sentences mean the same thing
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