There are 4 types of passages that are asked in revised GRE. These questions comprise half of the questions in each section. You have to answer 2 sections for Verbal Reasoning which makes as many as 8 passages with approximately 20 questions based on the Reading comprehensions. Need I state any more reason why you should concentrate on the RC questions?
Types of passages asked in revised GRE
- Long passage (4-5 questions)
- Medium passage(2-3 questions)
- Short passage(1 question)
Some tricks and hints for Reading Comprehension questions:
- Navigating through the questions is possible in the revised format of the GRE. So, attempt the passages in the very end. Complete the sentence equivalence and text completion questions which take very little time.
- Read the entire passage carefully. Do not jump to the question and then find the answer in the passage. This strategy won’t work here. GRE revised reading comprehensions will test questions based on your understanding of the passage, not the passage content.
- Getting 15 correct answers in each section will give you a score of above 160 (720 old pattern). Even if you skip an entire passage, if all other answers are correct, you are safe. But do not leave any answers blank. Attempt every question asked in the revised GRE.
- The long passage is very lengthy to read. Attempt it at the very end. You will save a lot of time by doing this.
- Practice as many passages as you can. Gather all different types of passages from various exams and practice them daily. This will also help build your vocabulary.
- You will start understanding a pattern in the types of questions asked in the passages after practicing many passages. You will automatically start guessing the questions while reading the passage itself.