What types of questions appear on the verbal portion of the GRE?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Tutor Bernadette Chimner discusses which questions appear on the verbal portion of the GRE.

    Bernadette Chimner: My name is Bernadette. I am with Griffon Preparation Services and now I am going to speak with you about the verbal portion of the GRE. Host: What types of questions appear on the verbal portion of the GRE?

    Bernadette Chimner: Questions on the verbal portion of the GRE fall into four categories. The first category is reading comprehension question, just like you have done on any of the other tests you have taken like the ACT or the SAT. The second category are sentence completion questions and these are very much like the same questions that you saw on the SAT. You read through the sentence and it is going to have one or two blanks in it and then you go through and you choose an answer choice that has words that best complete the blanks and make the sentence to make sense. The third type of category are the analogies and this is going to be a little different than probably anything you have encountered so far. They just give you two words, say dog and mammal and you are going to have to decide how dog and mammal relate to each other and then you can go down to the answers and find a set of answers that relate to each other in the same way. For example, alligator and reptile. The fourth category are antonyms. An antonym questions feature just a single word at the top and you have to go through those answer choices and choose the word that is the opposite of the word at the top. So if they give you tired, you have to go down to the answer choices and choose the word energetic.