GRE Verbal and Analytical Writing

In Part I of the Study Guide, you familiarized yourself with the GRE, established your baseline score, and covered all of the GRE math content.

In Part II, you will: 

  • Learn the content and strategies required to answer GRE Verbal Reasoning questions (Sentence Equivalence, Text Completion and Reading Comprehension)
  • Learn how to write great essays in the Analytical Writing section

To follow this Study Guide, you will need the resources outlined on the Overview and Resources page. 

Okay, let’s begin . . .

Sentence Equivalence Module

In this module, you will learn strategies for solving Sentence Equivalence (SE) questions on the GRE.

Go to the Sentence Equivalence module and watch all of the videos. 

Answer the following questions in the Official Guide to the GRE (2nd edition)

  • 55(6), 55(7), 55(8), 62(6), 62(7), 62(8), 70(7), 70(8), 70(9)

Note The above practice questions are listed in the form page# (question#).  So, for example, 55(6) refers to question #6 on page 55. 

To achieve high scores in the Verbal sections of the GRE, you will need a large vocabulary. So, throughout the Study Guide, you will be encouraged to spend time learning the definitions of hundreds of words found on the GRE. 

Go to our list of 500 basic GRE words on Quizlet and spend some time familiarizing yourself with the variety of games and activities you can use to learn the definitions of common GRE words.

If you wish to achieve a very high Verbal score, spend some time learning the definitions of the words in our 500 advanced GRE words on the Quizlet site.

Reinforcement Questions

Answer the questions labeled "Additional Practice" at the bottom of the Sentence Correction module page

Text Completion Module

In this module, you will learn how to effectively answer Text Completion (TC) questions on the GRE.

Go to the Text Completion module, and watch all of the videos.

Answer the following questions in the Official Guide to the GRE (2nd edition):

  • 49(1), 50(2-3), 54(1-4), 60(1-3), 61(4-5), 68(1-3), 69(4-6)

Note: the above practice questions are listed in the form page#(question#). For example, 49(1) refers to question #1 on page 49.

Reinforcement Questions

Answer the questions labeled "Additional Practice" at the bottom of the Text Completion module page

Reading Comprehension Module

In this module, you will learn how to answer the various types of Reading Comprehension questions found on the GRE.

Go to the Reading Comprehension module, and watch all of the videos.

Answer the following questions in the Official Guide to the GRE (2nd edition):

  • 56(1), 57(2-5), 58(6-7), 59(8-9), 63(1-2), 64(3), 65(4-5), 66(6), 67(7-9), 71(1-2), 72(3-4), 73(5-7), 74(8)

Note: The above practice questions are listed in the form page#(question#). So, for example, 56(1) refers to question #1 on page 56. 

Reinforcement Questions 

Answer the questions labeled "Additional Practice" at the bottom of the Reading Comprehension module page

Vocabulary Building

Don't forget to spend some time building your vocabulary. 

Go to Quizlet and spend time learning 500 common GRE words.

Go to Quizlet to learn the definitions of the 500 advanced GRE words (optional)

Analytical Writing

In this module, you will learn how to write great essays on the GRE.

Go to the Analytical Writing module and watch all of the videos.

Read pages 11-42 in the Official Guide to the GRE (1st or 2nd edition)

Review the official Issue essay prompts on the GRE website.

Review the official Argument essay prompts on the GRE website.

Develop a template for each of the two essays in the Analytical Writing section.

Write at least one Issue essay and one Argument essay.

(Optional) Use the ETS's for-pay ScoreItNow service to have your essays scored by the official GRE essay-scoring engine.

Congratulations, you’re ready for Part III of the Study Guide!