Learn about questions on the verbal reasoning and analytical writing sections of the GRE, including reading comprehension, text completion, sentence equivalence questions, and both essay tasks. This course also provides pointers on time management, anxiety, scoring, and standardized test taking.
If you're planning to apply to graduate school, you will have to take the GRE. This course is here to help. Part 1 takes you through all the question types on the verbal reasoning and analytical writing sections, including reading comprehension, text completion, sentence equivalence questions, and both essay tasks. You will also gain pointers on time management, anxiety relief, scoring, and general standardized test-taking. Be prepared to excel on exam day to achieve your best potential score.
You may have heard that you can't study for the GRE. But that's not true. There are many things you can do to prepare for the GRE, and the more time you spend preparing the better your scores will be. This lesson tells you everything you need to know about the general makeup of the GRE, so you know what to expect come test day.
This lesson gives you an overview of what to expect from the GRE Verbal and Analytical sections. You will see sample reading comprehension, sentence equivalence, and text completion questions, and take a brief look at the analytical writing section.
The first section you will encounter on the GRE is the analytical writing section. You will write two essays in 60 minutes, so you need to be well prepared. This lesson gives you the essentials to be your best on exam day.
Grammar and punctuation count on the analytical writing section. This lesson covers tips for improving your writing style and reviews the important rules of Standard English so that you can perform your best.
If the thought of writing a complete analysis of an issue or argument within a half an hour has you running for the hills, don't despair. Here's a specific plan for making the most of your time so you can prove to the admissions committee of your favorite graduate program that you can create a cohesive, interesting essay.
Roughly half of the questions in the verbal reasoning sections require you to answer questions based on reading passages. The GRE reading passages come in all sizes and topics. This lesson will walk you through the process of examining passages efficiently so that you can quickly soar through the reading questions.
The reading questions on the GRE revised General Test come in a variety of formats with several objectives. You will learn unique approaches to various reading question formats that will maximize your performance on exam day.
The best way to improve your performance on the GRE reading questions is practice. In this lesson you will take a short reading practice exam and then carefully examine the strategy for answering each question correctly.
The fill-in-the-blank GRE text completion questions test your reading ability and knowledge of vocabulary. In this lesson, you will learn the tactics for dissecting each sentence to extract its exact meaning.
In this lesson you will take a mini practice exam and become familiar with text completion questions. Then you will explore how best to answer each question.
In this lesson you will discover what to expect from the third question type in the verbal reasoning section, the sentence equivalence question. You will discover some strategies for evaluating sentences and recognizing synonyms.
Test your prowess on sentence equivalence questions by taking a mini practice exam, followed by detailed explanations on how to answer each question.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Laura Davis received a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis. She has taught GRE preparation courses since 2006.
Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.
Truly, this course is a big help! I'm taking the exam next Friday, and I have a feeling I'll do much better than I originally would have done had I not taken this online course. The instructor is great and prompt and helpful, and also enthusiastic (always a plus).
I learned much from the course. It gave me just what I needed to prepare for the test. The advice it provided was great.
The instructor is very helpful and responds very quickly with questions. I have gained confidence about myself and the GRE after taking this course. I would strongly recommend this course to others.
I loved this class, it was awesome! I have already recommended this class to others because it has given me hope for my future.
I would encourage anyone preparing to take the GRE test to take this class first. The information provided by the instructor was very insightful and helpful. Thanks!
The course helped me gain 80 points in the verbal section of the GRE General Test over my old scores. This is significant and my 560 score on the Verbal portion is enough to let me apply to the school and the program that I want. Thanks!!
I really liked how the class did not overwhelm one with too much information in such a short period of time but it still managed to provide one with very useful information. I liked how the lessons were spaced apart and everything was at a good pace. I really liked how the instructor was also so helpful and quick at answering everyone's questions.
The Instructors were very helpful in answering questions promptly. The lessons covered in this course were all very helpful in GRE prep Techniques.
The instructor broke things down easily and in addition made me more interested to learn. I truly believe I learned something and it did not make me feel slow. Thanks alot. I will recommend this class to others.
Found the course very helpful, and gave me great pointers for taking the GRE!! Thank you!