When the Revised General GRE test was launched (way back on 1 August 2011), a whole host of changes was introduced. One consequence was a revamped Verbal Reasoning part in which there are now:
- two Verbal sections in the test with a total of 40 questions, instead of one section with a total of 30 questions
- no Antonyms and Analogy questions – these have been replaced by more Reading Comprehension passages.
- Text Completion questions (which require you to fill up to 3 blanks in a passage which can contain up to five sentences) and
- Sentence Equivalence questions (which require you to select two correct synonyms to fill in the blank in the sentence out of the 6 options given)
- Sentence Completion questions with single- and double-blanks
To sum up, Reading Comprehension is now more important, the Sentence Completion type questions got a little harder to get right and Vocabulary is more or less just as important as it was earlier – so, you still have to learn that GRE word list!). As a result of those two changes, students also find the Verbal section harder to complete on time. So, how do you handle that difficulty?