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Verbal Section Breakdown


In this section, we're gonna do just what it says at the very top of the slide, which is break down, at the highest level, the verbal section. This is important to give you an idea of the different types of questions you'll see in the verbal sections and the number of those questions. As a reminder, here is the overall verbal reasoning breakdown. You have two verbal sections.

Verbal section 1, 12 questions in 18 minutes, and verbal section 2, 15 questions in 23 minutes. Now let's take a closer look at what makes up those sections. Verbal question types. One question type that you can expect to see is text completion. Typically, there will be 7 of these, and that accounts for about a quarter of the overall verbal questions.

Expect around 3 on the first section and around 4 on the second. The next question will be sentence equivalents. Like text completions, you typically see about 7 of these, which accounts for another quarter of the overall verbal questions. Expect around 3 on the first section and around 4 on the second. Another way in which sentence equivalents are similar to text completions is that they are a sentence with a blank.

But with this type, the sentence equivalents, there's always one blank, one sentence, but two possible answer choices for words that fit into that blank. Again, you'll likely have 3 or 4 of these in a row. They don't always actually come right after the text completions though. And that brings us to our next question type, good old reading comprehension. This is the most common type, and you'll see around 13, which makes up about half of all verbal reasoning questions.

Expect to see around 5 on the first section, and around 8 on the second section. Again, these are not necessarily going to occur in a row, they will be broken up. Maybe you'll get a passage with 3 questions, and then there will be a few sentence equivalence questions, or text completions. Of course, the best way to really get a feel for what a verbal section looks like is to take a mock test.

And of course, we'll talk about the importance and resources for taking a mock test in a later lesson. Finally, there's the paragraph argument, and there should be around 2 of these per test. So the GRE actually hasn't given a specific name for these question types, but what they are, they are paragraphs and they are presenting a logical argument, and you basically have to evaluate the argument.

So again, these two questions are actually considered a type or subtype, if you will, of reading comprehension. So why are we giving them a unique name? Well, they are different from your average reading comprehension questions, and oftentimes, they are very difficult. So it's good to separate them into their own category.

And indeed, on our lesson page, we have lessons that are specific to paragraph arguments. That wraps up this overview of verbal question types, see you in the next lesson.

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