The GRE Verbal Reasoning section is one of the three main sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), a standardized test commonly used for admission to graduate programs in various fields. The Verbal Reasoning section assesses your ability to analyze and evaluate written material, understand relationships between words and concepts, and understand and analyze the structure of sentences.

The GRE Verbal Reasoning section consists of several types of questions:

  1. Reading Comprehension: In these questions, you’ll be presented with passages of varying lengths and asked to answer questions that test your ability to understand the main idea of the passage, infer information, identify supporting details, and draw conclusions.

  2. Text Completion: These questions consist of sentences with one to three blanks, and you’ll need to select the best word or words to fill in each blank from a list of choices.

  3. Sentence Equivalence: These questions present a single sentence with one blank, and you’ll need to select the two words from a list of choices that, when inserted into the sentence, result in sentences that are both logically and grammatically equivalent.

The Verbal Reasoning section is computer-adaptive, meaning the difficulty of the questions you receive depends on your performance on previous questions. Each section contains 20 questions, and you’ll have 30 minutes to complete each section.

Scores on the Verbal Reasoning section range from 130 to 170 in one-point increments. Your score is based on the number of questions you answer correctly, as well as the difficulty level of those questions.

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