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Last Updated: March 17, 2021

GRE Verbal Reasoning

The GRE test conducted by ETS has 3 sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Out of the three sections, the Verbal Reasoning section is the only section where the preparation is relatively easy and banks on the proficiency the student has on the language.

This section aims in analyzing the ability of the student to gather information and find links between them. Candidates are also expected to find the relationships between words and complete sentences using their knowledge of the language.

Note: The Verbal Reasoning Section of GRE is not a substitute for the TOEFL test.

About the GRE Verbal Reasoning Section

The goal of the GRE verbal reasoning test is to measure the candidate’s ability to understand and analyze written passages, to understanding the meaning and context of words being used. The Verbal Reasoning section is the toughest section for non-native English speakers. If the candidate’s first language is not English then they need to prepare for it. There are 40 questions in the verbal section (2 sections with 20 questions each). Each section is of 30 minutes.

GRE Question Types

GRE verbal section has three different types of questions:

Approaching the Question Types

Reading Comprehension
Text Completion
Sentence Equivalence

GRE Scoring

The score for Verbal Reasoning is similar to that of the Quantitative Reasoning section. The Verbal Reasoning section has two sub-sections. The first one will be of moderate difficulty whereas the second one will be dependent on the performance of the student in the first section. If the student has performed exceptionally in the first section, the next section will be comparatively tougher. If the student has not performed well enough, the second section will be easier.

The scores will then be equated through a method called scaling where the difficulty levels of the paper will not matter. The difficulty levels will be visible for the perusal of the colleges and universities the candidates apply to.

Tips to Crack the Verbal Reasoning Section

GRE Information