Reading Comprehension on the GRE: Understanding the Question Types

Reading comprehension (RC) type questions constitute around 50% of questions in the GRE Verbal section. Unfortunately test-takers find Reading Comprehension to be daunting and time-consuming.

The primary purpose of reading comprehension passages and questions are to test a candidate’s ability to read a passage, understand the content and derive useful information out of it. Comprehending a passage successfully not only helps one to score higher in the GRE verbal, but also helps them to prepare for grad school success.

In the GRE, there are 3 different types of RC questions:

  1. “Multiple Choice Questions” with 5 answer choices and exactly 1 correct answer
  2. “Multiple Answer Question” with 3 answer choices, where 1 or more options could be right
  3. “Select a Sentence” questions for which one complete sentence from the passage must be selected as the correct answer

So it becomes all the more essential to carefully read the entire passage and understand each line. All in few minutes!

Given that RC passages can be from any topic, varying from Astrophysics to History, test-takers may try to develop knowledge on specific topics from various sources. However, trying to read up on these topics is not recommended for the GRE RCs. It is critical to develop the skills required to understand analytical passages. While reading any passage it is essential to practice and solve the question types typically encountered in the GRE, such as:

  1. Main idea
  2. Primary Purpose
  3. Inference
  4. Tone / Mood
  5. Hypothetical Inference
  6. Organization of the Passage

…and more!

We recently conducted a webinar to introduce the Reading Comprehension question types and provide tips on how to solve them for hundreds of GRE aspirants across the globe.

Watch the recording of the webinar to learn to answer different RC question types on the GRE:


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