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Read Carefully - I

The content focuses on strategies for tackling sentence equivalence questions on the GRE, emphasizing the importance of careful reading, identifying clues, and selecting synonymous words.
  • Emphasize the mantra of reading carefully to understand the context and clues within sentence equivalence questions.
  • Highlight the process of looking for clues within the sentence, coming up with an anticipated answer, and then selecting two words that are synonyms.
  • Use a detailed example involving a space shuttle launch to illustrate how to break down a complex sentence and identify the correct synonymous words.
  • Warn against common traps by showing how easily one can misinterpret the context if not reading carefully.
  • Demonstrate the importance of synonymity in the final answer choices, using 'mollified' and 'placating' as examples of correct answers.
Introduction to Sentence Equivalence
Reading Carefully and Identifying Clues
Selecting Synonymous Words

Q. I've been watching the videos and they keep saying randoms words are important for the GRE. How do I increase my knowledge of GRE vocabulary?

A. To improve your vocabulary, it is very important to read as MUCH as possible. This will improve your knowledge of vocabulary in context as well as your comprehension. As you read, make flashcards of the vocabulary words that you don't know. Pause every so often, and recap the main message in your own words. Click on the following links for some suggested reading materials: newspapers and magazines, fiction and nonfiction books.

You should also take a look at our vocabulary eBook. It includes 300 of the most commonly tested words on the GRE.