GRE Reading Comprehension

In the GRE Reading Comprehension module, you will learn GRE-specific skills related to:

  • Answering common question types
  • Engaging in each passage
  • Summarizing paragraphs
  • Identifying the main idea
  • Identifying common structures
  • Eliminating incorrect answers
  • Passage-specific questions
  • Adjusting your strategy
  • Common myths
  • Recommended readings



  • 1. Lesson: Introduction to Reading Comprehension (5:10)
  • 2. Lesson: Reading Comprehension Question Types (7:12)
  • 3. Lesson: Reading Comprehension General Strategy (4:22)
  • 4. Lesson: Engaging in the Passage (11:43)
  • 5. Lesson: Summarizing each Paragraph (8:14)
  • 6. Lesson: Identifying the Main Idea (7:02)
  • 7. Lesson: Identifying the Correct Answer (7:02)
  • 8. Lesson: Answering Certain Question Types (9:47)
  • 9. Lesson: Miscellaneous Tips (3:50)
  • 10. Question: Gophers (8:35)
  • 11. Question: Rice Fiasco (7:52)
  • 12. Question: Stalin's Message (5:42)
  • 13. Lesson: Introduction to Argument Passages (10:22)
  • 14. Lesson: Dissecting an Argument (10:34)
  • 15. Question: FitnessTown (5:54)
  • 16. Question: Polafish (6:20)
Total viewing time for the GRE Reading Comprehension module: 120 minutes.

Additional Practice

Difficulty level: 130 to 149

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Difficulty level: 150 to 159

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Difficulty level: 160 to 170

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