GRE : Reading Comprehension

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GRE : Reading Comprehension

The Reading Comprehension tests your ability to comprehend the meaning of a passage created in a compact manner.With questions on other sections (Analogy, Antonym, Sentence Completion) these questions will be interspersed.Your overall abilities in tackling the whole verbal section will be counted in these sections.Sound knowledge of English will take you through this section successfully. But, it is very easy to score the maximum marks in this section.

The Reading Comprehension portion of the computerized version of GRE contains 4 reading passages, with 3+4+4+3=14 questions to be answered on their contents. The subject matter of the reading comprehension passages in GRE will relate to any of the four different areas: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences.

GRE is taken by the students irrespective of whether they had studied Science, Humanities or Social Sciences for their under graduation. So, the content of at least two or three passages would be totally new to every GRE candidate.Do not despair of the nature of these passages if you are not familiar with them.

For answering questions under a comprehension passage, no prior knowledge of the subject dealt with in the passage is required or expected. The answer to each question is available in the given passage itself.

Though the passages featured under comprehension relate to different topics, the questions asked under them follow some definite patterns.

These are:

1. Questions asking you to spot an information specifically mentioned in the passage.

2. Questions asking you to identify an information or an idea which is implied or suggested in the passage.

3. Questions asking to infer the main idea that can be inferred from the passage.

4. Questions asking you to identify the tone of the passage or the attitude of the author towards a person or a topic referred to in the topic.

5. Questions asking you to state the technique adopted by the author in presenting the facts of the topic or his/her views.

6. Questions asking you to extrapolate the ideas of the author to other situations.

7. Questions asking you which among the five choices is not true.

8. Questions asking you to analyze three statements identified with Roman letters I, II, IIIā€¦ and identify which among them is/are correct.

Here are the examples of such questions and how to answer them.

Eleven questions are given here for your reference.

Read the questions carefully before you attempt to answer them.

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