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Overview of the Verbal Reasoning Measure

The Verbal Reasoning measure of the GRE® General Test assesses your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.

Verbal Reasoning questions appear in several formats, each of which is discussed in detail in the corresponding sections linked to below. About half of the measure requires you to read passages and answer questions on those passages. The other half requires you to read, interpret and complete existing sentences, groups of sentences or paragraphs.

The passages that appear in the Verbal Reasoning measure have been selected by assessment specialists as representing the kinds of reading typically encountered by graduate students. Some or all of the passages have been adapted from published material to provide the test taker with significant problems for analysis and evaluation. The inclusion of the passages in the test is not intended as an endorsement by ETS of the content, ideas or values expressed in the passages.

Verbal Reasoning Question Types

The Verbal Reasoning measure contains three types of questions. Click on the links below to get a closer look at each, including sample questions with explanations.

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