How reading everyday can help you crush the GRE Verbal

If you are reading this, chances are you already know the basic structure of the GRE Verbal components and the three types of problems you are required to solve – 

  1. Reading Comprehension

  2. Text Completion 

  3. Sentence Equivalence 

We would like to take you through each section and try to incorporate the relevance of reading in each of them. At the same time, this article will also provide you with quick tips and tricks to guide you through this seemingly daunting journey of the GRE Verbal. 

Reading Comprehension 

Alright, admittedly this one is kind of a given. It goes without saying that reading will strengthen your skills of well, more reading. However, if you have ever read a GRE passage, you know that these are not puff pieces or page 3 articles about your favourite celebrity. These are purposefully chosen extracts to test your attention span and meticulousness. However, majority of the news articles and editorials we are exposed to today are extremely sensationalised and animated. We need to get ourselves acclimatised to things that are more disagreeable to our brain and in a sense exert more pressure to drive better results. A few examples of sophisticated yet relevant articles that we suggest you go through, can be found here.

Text Completion

We have now established that not just reading but the right sort of reading is what you need to prepare for the GRE. This will entail of not only capable content but also capable vision. Now, text completion is unique because it tests both your comprehension and vocabulary. It may also be the least challenging section if you adopt a simple strategy of removing the ‘fluff’ from these seemingly long and sometimes draggy articles, and understand the drive of the writer. Chances are that you read a text completion passage several times, eventually slowing it down to help make more sense out of it. However, in most cases you just need to figure out the purpose and direction of the writing. If you try forcing this habit of removing unnecessary fluff words and phrases and get down to the skeleton of sentence, you can easily guide yourself through this section. We have compiled a selection of fairly straightforward material for you to practice this on. We suggest that you sit down with a notepad, read these articles and try to compress them while keeping the intention and the narrative intact. Please click here for these practice articles. 

Sentence Equivalence 

All the words we know were either taught to us by somebody or we had learnt on our own by either reading them or listening to them. However, most of us have reached a point in our language where we are fairly comfortable in conversation and hence, don’t really feel the need to expand the purview of our vocabulary. While preparing for the GRE Verbal however, this exercise becomes expedient. Actually, even I had to look up that last word but the point remains. To effectively improve your vocabulary, you must not only read and learn new words but also shamelessly show them off. You need to start using new and more elaborate words to truly expand your vocabulary. Please click here to not only learn a bunch of new words but also to practice them. 

To wrap up, following are the quick 5 last minute tips to help you crack the GRE Verbal- 

  • Read with a purposeful intent

  • Make notes

  • No need to read every line – cut the fluff

  • Show off your vocabulary skills

  • Overlook means both to ‘carefully watch’ and ‘fail to notice’, so pay attention!

This blog was written by PrepForGRE.