Showing posts with label GRE Test. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GRE Test. Show all posts
It never hurts to make time for a little GRE Reading Comprehension practice. In this two-part blog series, we’ll provide you with a GRE passage and then walk you through it step-by-step, highlighting answers and explanations at each stage.

Reading Comprehension practice exercise

First, let’s break down a sample passage before moving on to a few practice questions:

Although Shirley Jackson is perhaps best known for her macabre short stories and novels, she was, in fact, a master of several genres and a prolific and varied writer, composing essays, autobiographies, and magazine articles as well as fiction. While Jackson had a vast literary repertoire, however, she tended to use the same types of fictional elements in her stories.

For example, like Flannery O’Connor, another writer renowned for her dissection of genteel society, Jackson often paired hyper-realistic settings with surreal plots to expose the dark underside of Middle America. Many of her stories took place within structured societal confines, such as neighborhoods or even entire towns, and featured large casts of archetypal characters–usually including gossips, shrews, and other unsavory types who insisted on conformity to the community’s self-imposed rules, with fearful consequences. Her most famous story, “The Lottery”–in which a “normal” American village gathers for its yearly ritual, the stoning of one of its residents–is perhaps a classic Jackson tale in this sense. The ceremony, which seems bizarre and cruel to most readers, is treated by Jackson as if it were the most natural thing in the world, which causes the reader to call into question his or her own participation in society’s rituals.Passage analysis questions.

Passage analysis questions

Passage analysis questions

Effective Reading Comprehension practice is about learning how to look for the right elements in the GRE passage. Try answering the following analysis questions:
  1.     What is the TOPIC (main idea) of this passage?
  2.     What is the SCOPE (specific focus) of this passage?
  3.     What is the PURPOSE of this passage? (What is the author trying to do with this passage?  Describe/explain, argue, advocate, etc…)
  4.     What notes would you jot down on your scratch paper to paraphrase each paragraph?

Answer here in the comments, and we’ll post another blog entry with the full explanation next week. Happy practicing!

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Scheduling GRE test is very crucial factor for the students those are intended to pursue studies in the abroad. It is always a wise step to follow some ideal factors here to decide on your GRE test schedule:

Guidelines for when to take your GRE exam

What are the techniques to learn GRE words ??
  1. Deadlines of Applications:

    Your chosen universities and college application deadlines will be dictating factor here to a certain extent to decide on the GRE test date or schedule. It is imperative for you to attach your test scores with the applications. So, plan your GRE test date in a way you can receive the test score to add up with the applications.

  2. Processing Time of Test:

    Writing test is currently part of your test taking procedure, which is making results serving procedure little delayed unlike earlier. Quantitative and verbal sections evaluation for scoring will take a certain time. Now, it is taking approximately 15 days from the date of test to declare the GRE score. These score reports will be sent out to your mentioned universities by that time. So, synchronize and plan your application deadlines and score receiving dates perfectly well and suitable for your admission success needs.

  3. Score Achieving Confidence:

    It is another important aspect that requires close attention of yours while scheduling your GRE test date. If you’re confident about taking test and securing better scores, then you can plan it within tight schedules. Otherwise, it is wise to take your test little early in a way you can appear for the test once again, when the scores are not up to the expectations. It is allowed to retake the test with a gap of 21 days and it is considered up to 5 times in row for a year.

  4. Why 1 out of 4 take GRE test more than once..
  5. College Course Work Conflicts:

    It is very commonly happens for many students to take GRE test while pursuing their college too. In fact, it is not wise here to bring conflict to your regular course works through considering GRE by that time. Also, sometimes such things can add up well to your GRE test studying too. You should plan this according to your convenience and based on the course work taken up. Make it sure that there will be no conflict to any of the study.

  6. Popular Time:

    It is very often suggested as best time to take GRE test is during the months of October, November and December. Very commonly, many students tend to take this test during fall or late fall to accommodate well with their applications deadline. During this period, you will find it hard and tedious to get a slot to take the test. So, plan during mentioned months while the slots are easily available and you can take test with no pressure.
While preparing GRE, vocabulary study is very often complained as tough by many students. Here, following some tricks and techniques can turn this vocabulary study easy for all. Some of those tricks and techniques are:

Techniques for learning GRE words/terms

  1. Music and songs are very good at connecting well with our mind. It is a better technique to replace your learning new words into your favorite songs and this will help as better memorizing and better understanding of that new word in a way you will never forget it.

  2. Hearing is another better technique in this context. You can try this through searching that word in YouTube videos. These videos with that word will enhance its contextual value for you and these videos hearing with that word will keep it in memory intact for you.

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  4. Flashcards at the gym will be another interesting trick to create wonders with your vocabulary study. The way you repeat each exercise for the perfection at the gym, add it with your learning words repetition too. While body is moving well through exercises keeps your brain more active. So, vocabulary reading added with exercise will enhance your command on that word at the same time keeping it well in your memory too.

  5. Using Google image search is another bet technique here to imprint a new word permanently within your memory lane. When you search a new word on Google through image search will result into many graphical representations. This graphical representation will always be successful to imprint a new word and its contextual meaning permanent over the brain.

  6. Writing is nowadays very much neglected or ignored by many of us. But, it is a best practice to remember a new word. Try to frame a sentence on each and every new word learned in the vocabulary study. This sentence framed by you on own will result into perfect memory for you on that new word.
There are definitely so many other similar ways you can invent and practice in your daily routine to learn GRE words perfectly well.
The graduate record examination or GRE may not be the easiest examination to sit for but as 2014 showed, its popularity in India is increasing by the year.

“During 2014, the number of repeat tests reached an all-time high. Our research showed that nearly one out of four people in India take the GRE test more than once,” Dawn Piacentino, director of communication and services for the GRE Program at ETS, said in a statement.

1 out of 4 students take Gre test

The standardized test is an admissions requirement for most graduate schools in the US. Created and administered by educational testing service (ETS) in 1949, GRE aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills.

With the importance of the examination and its high difficulty level, students very often take the test more than once in an attempt to improve their scores. Score select, an option available with GRE tests, offers students up to five years to send graduate schools their best scores. In 2014, the number of people in India taking the GRE for a second time grew by 14 per cent compared to 2013. A new analysis by ETS revealed that most people who took the test a second time did better. More than 60 per cent students who took the GRE revised general test a second time in India scored higher in verbal reasoning measure, while 66 per cent scored higher on the quantitative reasoning measure.