SSAT – GRE is quite a difficult test, but we will show you how to improve GRE score for each section, so you will feel more confident upon taking the exam.
In fact, there is no way that you can directly easily raise your GRE score. It all stems from your diligence as well as the time you spend reviewing.
Even so, there are many ways to show you how to improve GRE score for each section effectively. In this article, we have compiled the best methods for preparing for the GRE test sections
Section 1: Verbal Reasoning
The GRE Verbal Reasoning section tests high-level language and reading skills. Students will be asked to choose appropriate words into sentences based on their respective contexts. There are also reading comprehension questions where you have to analyze the main idea of the passage and summarize it in detail.
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GRE Verbal consists of 2 main question types:
- GRE Verbal Vocab Questions
Sentence Equivalence: This question gives you a sentence with one blank, and you need to pick two words from a selection of six that could both complete the sentence and give the sentence the same general meaning.
In this type of lesson, you will be deceived by many words that, at first glance, make sense in the context but are in fact unrelated. Students should remember that your goal is to find two words that give the sentence a similar meaning, not to find the most suitable words
If you’re sure about one word, it can help you narrow down your choices of the other options; you can remove choices that make the sentence mean something completely different.
However, don’t assume just because you’ve found two synonyms that you’ve got the right answer. The GRE test often traps students for this particular error.
Text Completion: This question type will give students a sentence or short paragraph (up to six sentences) that is missing one to three words. You will need to choose the most suitable words to fill in the blanks.
An important tip when you do this type of practice is word valence. Word valence is whether a word has a positive or a negative tone overall. You can usually figure out whether a word should have a positive or a negative connotation from sentence context, even if you can’t exactly figure out what the word is.
If you don’t know any of the given words, immediately think of their cognates. For example, you don’t know the word “providential” but have you heard of “providence”? ….
GRE Verbal Reading Comprehension Questions
- Multiple choice: For traditional multiple choice questions, don’t get tricked by answer choices that aren’t directly contradicted by the passage but that don’t actually have any evidence present. With that said, don’t try to absorb every detail of the passage on a first pass-through.
- Multi-Answer Multiple Choice: In multiple-answer multiple choice GRE Verbal questions, you’ll be given three numbered choices and need to select all that apply.
Students will have a total of 7 answer choices ((A, B, C, A&B, A&C, B&C, A&B&C) During the test, read the answers carefully and compare them with each other to see which answers are suitable. You should remember that, for a statement to be correct, every part of that statement has to be correct.
- Select-in-passage: In this type of questions, you will be asked to choose the best answer for a given set of criteria.
The trick of this type of question is to choose the best answer, so if two answers seem similar, you need to consider which option answers the question most directly and completely.
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Section 2: Quantitative Reasoning
Most GRE math topics are things that you probably learned in high school. Therefore, the math topics in GRE are not advanced. However, the quantitative GRE section focuses mainly on critical thinking and problem-solving skills, so they will require thinking about foundational math concepts in innovative ways.
In terms of Mathematics, students will be reacquainted with high school Math practices so there will be nothing new for you to actually worry about. However, we have also compiled Quantitative tips and tricks for you to apply in the exam:
- Answer the easy questions first: All questions in the Quantitative section have the same score, so logically speaking, it is only natural to do the easy ones first.
- If you are “stuck”, then just move on: This is a problem that many students have, that is, they spend too much time trying to solve one question. Therefore, if you come across a question that you don’t know how to solve, skip it and move on to the following questions, and try them again during your second pass.
- Read the question carefully: It is very important to read the questions’ requirements carefully. No one wants to lose points for missing words like “except” or “not” in the question. Avoid making silly mistakes that you can easily avoid.
- Answer all questions: The GRE test does not deduct points if you choose the wrong answer, so to optimize your score, filling all the remaining questions sounds stupid but it does work. Who knows? Maybe you can raise your score with sheer luck.
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