Tactics to Crack GRE Verbal

By | May 25, 2016

GRE Verbal section Consists of 3 types of Questions.They are Sentence Equivalence, Text Completion and Reading Comprehension.
Really a Good Vocabulary is necessary for Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence.
Here are some Queries and Answers related to GRE Verbal.

How are GRE Words related to text completion & Sentence equivalence?

First let us see what sort of questions come under Sentence Equivalence and Text Completion. Sentence Equivalence usually consists of a sentence with one blank. Based on the contextual meaning of the sentence, you will be asked to select 2 words that are synonymous in meaning and that meaning should go along with the context. Similarly vocabulary knowledge is also useful for Text Completion since it also requires you to answer based on contextual meaning. The one difference between Sentence Equivalence and Text Completion is that TC question type consists of one, two and three blank questions. The whole question will be considered wrong even if there is a mistake with a single blank. So by knowing GRE words, you will be able to get the contextual meaning of the sentence and which word meaning suits that context the best.

What are some of the best apps for GRE word learning?

One of the most used word learning apps is Wordbot by GREedge. This app consists more than 3500 GRE Words list which not only ensure that you are well versed with both commonly asked vocabulary questions and also some abstract words which sometimes appear during GRE exam. This app gives words with pictures and Mnemonics to help you understand and remember large volume of words along with context. You can also test yourself based on the words learnt inside the app itself which comes in handy when you are preparing for SE and TC. Other apps that you can use are Quizlet, GRE Hit Parade and Painless GRE which are commonly used apps that help in retaining words in your memory. Best way to know how to find which is best for you is to try it yourself and see what helps you the best to remember the words.

Are flashcards really effective for word learning? Can you please list the pros & cons?

Pros: – Flashcards helps you keep track of how many words you have come across and how many words you have memorized.
Some flashcards like Wordbot by GREedge consists of pictures which helps you associate the words with it to help you remember.
All the words are well organized in lists. So you can plan how many lists you can complete within a week or month based on time left for GRE.
Each word will consist of different meanings which will help you get the contextual meaning in every SE or TC questions.

Cons:
– Continuous revision is required since retaining words is tough. So time and patience is required with flashcards
– Interface is one important factor that kindles your interest in learning words. Finding the perfect interface for you also usually takes time.

Would  GRE Test preparation suffice for TOEFL too?

With GRE verbal Practice you can definitely improve your Reading comprehension skills and your writing skills. If you find yourself consistently scoring more than 60th percentile in GRE verbal, then TOEFL material will seem very easy. Having said that, there are still two other sections in TOEFL for which you need to practice. Those sections are speaking and listening. For a person who is not used to the American accent, it becomes a bit difficult to comprehend the listening section at first. Along with listening practice, Speaking is also necessary in-order to get used to the timing and to know what to communicate in that time period. Practicing just for these two sections doesn’t usually take long and certainly GRE preparation is one component that has contributed to this.