As of August, 2011, the Revised GRE replaced the old GRE, and with this replacement, the Revised GRE Verbal section came into play. Here, you'll find the breakdown of the new and improved GRE Verbal section (from ETS), so you'll know how to prepare when test day rolls around.
Interested in the past? Here's what the the old GRE Verbal section looked like.
Revised GRE Verbal Basics
- 2 sections
- 25 questions per section
- 35 minutes per section
- Types of questions: text completion, sentence equivalence, and reading comprehension
- No more antonyms or analogies, which means no more vocabulary out of context. Whew!
Text Completion Questions
- A short passage of text with 1-5 sentences.
- The passage will have 1-3 blanks.
- There will be 3 answer choices per blank, or 5 answer choices if there's only one blank.
- There is just one correct answer, consisting of one choice for each blank. Confused? Check out the examples.
Sentence Equivalence Questions
- 1 sentence
- 1 blank
- 6 answers to choose from
- New!You must choose 2 answer choices that fit the meaning of the sentence and make sentences that are alike in meaning.
Reading Comprehension Questions
The reading comprehension sections is different in the 2011 GRE Verbal section, in that there are 3 types of questions you'll have to answer (see below). The text itself will come from books and periodicals about science, arts, humanities, and everyday life issues, too. The passages can be academic or nonacademic and will vary from 1 – 5 paragraphs in length.
- Multiple-choice Questions; Choose 1 answer: These are your average, run-of-the-mill mc questions with 5 answer choices.
- Multiple-choice Questions; Choose 1 or more answers: Here, you'll have 3 answer choices, and you'll have to choose every correct answer, which could be one, two or all three of them. No partial credit is awarded, either!
- Select-in-Passage: With these, the GRE gets a little more 21st century. You'll simply click on the sentence in the passage that answers the question. Hi-tech, huh?