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  II: The Challenge
  III: The Five Steps  
  IV: Question Types
  V: Tips
  VI: Sample Essays

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I: Reading Comprehension
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Here we will teach you what you should have learned in college, but didn't. This is a breakdown of how to read in a time-efficent and effective manner while being able to read between the lines to find out what the author is really saying.

This section is exhaustive and exceptionally informative. We start with about 30 pages of learning how to read using 800score techniques. Then we have 14 essays broken up by skill level to match your ability. In these essays we show the 800score techniques in action by breaking down and dissecting each essay so that you learn by doing.

The Verbal Reasoning part of the GRE has 2 sections with 40 questions that you must answer in a total of 60 minutes. About half of the verbal questions will be Reading Comprehension questions. The definition of “Reading Comprehension” is expanded on the GRE; it includes traditional passages that are several paragraphs long, but it also includes one-paragraph and even single-sentence passages. There are three distinct question types for the Reading Comprehension passages:

Traditional Multiple Choice
Choose one of five answer choices.

“Choose All that Apply”
You will be given three answer choices, and you must mark one, two, or all three answer choices. You will never be given a question where none of the answer choices is correct. Note, too, that there is no partial credit for this question type.

You will be directed to highlight a sentence within a passage that meets criteria provided in the question. You will actually move your computer mouse to the passage and click anywhere in the chosen sentence.

The directions for these questions look like this:

Directions: Each passage is followed by questions about its content. After reading a passage, select the best answer to each question among the five choices. Answer all questions following a passage on the basis of what the passage states or implies.

A passage and a corresponding question look like this:

The screen will split into two with the passage on the left and the questions on the right. Don't neglect to scroll down vertically to read the entire passage. You will only see one question at a time. The passage will remain on your computer screen until you have answered all of the questions related to it. You are unable to go back to prior questions.

The GRE is a CAT (computer-adaptive test) so the questions in the first section will begin at an intermediate skill level and adapt to your performance by changing in difficulty for the subsequent section. In general, average test takers will get about 50% of the questions right. Higher scorers get longer and more challenging passages and questions and are effectively taking a completely different test from lower scorers and their strategies will be adjusted accordingly.This chapter has sections specifically designed to help higher scorers with the harder passages.

How the CAT impacts verbal difficulty
If you are extremely good at sentence correction and weak at reading comp and critical reasoning (or vice versa).... guess what? Your skill in sentence correction will make the GRE deliver you very hard reading comp and critical reasoning questions. The moral of the story is to be balanced on verbal and skilled at all three question types.


The Challenge