Test taking isn’t as difficult when you are prepared. Read the article summary below to learn how to use GRE Test expert Cat Powell’s system, along with other ways to escape traps in Sentence Equivalence questions.
Helpful for: Masters, MBA applicants
Read Time: 6 minutes
- The Verbal Reasoning Measure section of the GRE test contains three types of questions: Reading Comprehension, Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence. With the latter two you have to fill in the blank.
- In Text Completion, you will have up to three blanks to fill in with a single word.
- In Sentence Equivalence, you will have one blank to fill in with two words.
- Don’t get stressed over finding the exact synonym for Sentence Equivalence questions. Instead, try to find a pair of words that give the same general idea the sentence is trying to convey.
- Manhattan Prep instructor, Cat Powell explains a convenient system she uses:
I sometimes use this method to test it: If I were told that someone or something were X, could I reasonably assume it was also Y?
- Powell further illustrates this by pairing the words “demanding” and “critical” to describe the character of a particular teacher. Although both adjectives may be appropriate to describe her in everyday life, for the purposes of the GRE they are not. If a teacher is “demanding”, she will push you to succeed. The word “critical”, on the other hand, means that she might be judgmental and negative.
- You can practice Powell’s system with a list of answer choices, always looking for the pairs best matched to each other. Can you spot the pair below from the list which best matches the sentence she’s provided?
The frequent and wide-ranging travels of a photo-journalist are often _______, racking up huge bills for freelancers working without a guarantee of payment.
- Being rigorous when pairing answer choices, and double-checking your thinking by plugging them into the sentence, will help you avoid falling into a trap.
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Source: Manhattan Prep