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GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATIONS®

Introduction to the Verbal Reasoning Measure

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Introduction to the Verbal Reasoning Measure

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This document describes the types of questions contained in the Verbal Reasoning section, gives you strategies for answering them, and presents some worked examples.

Purpose and Format of the Verbal Reasoning Section

The Verbal Reasoning section of the GRE® measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, to analyze relationships among component parts of sentences, and to recognize relationships among words and concepts.

Verbal Reasoning questions appear in several formats, each of which is discussed in detail below. About half of the section requires you to read passages and answer questions on those passages. The other half requires you to read, interpret, and complete existing sentences, groups of sentences, or paragraphs. All of the questions are multiple choice, with the number of choices varying, depending on the type of question.

Verbal Reasoning Question Types

The GRE Verbal Reasoning section contains three types of questions:...