GRE Test-Taking Strategies

Topics: Critical thinking, Graduate Record Examination, Logic Pages: 42 (13954 words) Published: August 21, 2013
Practice Book for the Paper-based

GRE revised General Test
®
Second Edition
19587

www.ets.org/gre

Note to Test Takers: Keep this practice book until you receive your score report. This book contains important information about scoring.

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Table of Contents
Overview of the Paper-based GRE® revised General Test ........................................................ 3 Test Structure ......................................................... 3 Preparing for the GRE revised General Test .......... 4 Test-taking Strategies ............................................. 4 Breaks...................................................................... 5 Scoring and Score Reporting ................................. 5

Overview of the Paper-based GRE ® revised General Test
The GRE® revised General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills—skills that have been developed over a long period of time and are not related to a specific field of study, but are important for all. The GRE revised General Test features question types that reflect the kind of thinking you will do and the skills you need to succeed in graduate and business school. This publication provides a comprehensive overview of each measure of the test to help you get ready for test day. It is designed to help you: • • • • understand what is being tested gain familiarity with the various question types review test-taking strategies become familiar with the calculator that will be distributed on test day • review scored Analytical Writing essay responses and reader commentary • understand scoring • practice taking the test If you are planning to take the computer-based GRE revised General Test, please visit www.ets.org/gre/prepare for test preparation materials for the computer-based test. For test takers with disabilities or health-related needs, visit www.ets.org/gre/disabilities for test preparation materials.

Introduction to the Analytical Writing Measure ............................................................... 6 Analyze an Issue Task ............................................. 7 Analyze an Argument Task .................................. 10

Introduction to the Verbal Reasoning Measure ............................................................. 15 Verbal Reasoning Question Types ........................ 15 Reading Comprehension Questions ..................... 15 Text Completion Questions ................................. 18 Sentence Equivalence Questions ......................... 20

Introduction to the Quantitative Reasoning Measure ............................................................. 21 Quantitative Reasoning Question Types ............. 21 Quantitative Comparison Questions ................... 22 Multiple-choice Questions—Select One Answer Choice .................................................................. 25 Multiple-choice Questions—Select One or More Answer Choices .................................................... 27 Numeric Entry Questions ..................................... 28 Data Interpretation Questions ............................. 30 Using the Calculator ............................................ 32

Taking the Practice Test ................................... 33 Evaluating Your Performance ........................... 33 Additional Test Preparation ............................. 34 Practice GRE revised General Test .................. 35 Appendices A – Analytical Writing Scoring Guides and Score Level Descriptions.......................................... 94 B – Sample Analytical Writing Topics, Scored Sample Essay Responses and Reader...
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