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Master the GREby Brian R. McElroy Harvard grad, 99% GRE scorer and professional GRE tutor since 2002.copyright 2019 McElroy Tutoring Inc. contact: [email protected]“So who are you,” you might ask, “and why are you qualified to write this book?” You can call me Brian if you’re one of my GRE or GMAT students, or Mr. McElroy if you’re one of my SAT or ACT students. I’m 39 years old--originally from Providence, RI--and I live with my wife and our three daughters in beautiful San Diego, California. Ever since graduating from Harvard with honors in the spring of 2002, I’ve worked as a private test-prep tutor, essay editor, author and admissions consultant. I’ve personally taken the GRE 4 times, and I’ve earned a 99% composite every time, with a verified personal best GRE score of 337/340 composite, 168/170 on Quant (95%), 169/170 on Verbal (99%), and 6/6 on AW (99%). More importantly, however, I’ve coached hundreds of students to significantly better GRE scores over the last two decades, with an average score improvement of over 15 points, including scores of as high as 336. Unlike so many other shady characters and money-grabbing content providers in the GRE prep business, I’m no con artist out for a quick $19.99: I simply know this test inside-out. And to prove it, I’ve abandoned the profit motive and published this GRE book for free as a publicly accessible Google document, for the benefit of any and all potential readers. What is the GRE? What Skills does the GRE test? The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is a standardized test for college graduates who are looking to attend graduate school in a variety of fields, from physics to real estate to philosophy. GRE Wikipedia Page Although there is a paper-based test, 98% of GRE test-takers choose the computer adaptive version, sometimes referred to as a CAT (computer adaptive test). On the Verbalportion of the GRE, you will be presented with Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence Questions. Many of the questions will require multiple responses (boxes), but most questions will be single-answer multiple choice (ovals).
Reading Comprehension: These questions require you to read a short, medium or long passage (often requires scrolling), and include such question types as main idea, author’s purpose, tone, inference, reason, detail, likely agreement by author, example, anddefinition. Critical Reasoning: These questions require you to analyze an argument and consider its possible assumptions, and they include such question types as strengthen, weaken, identify assumption, supports which conclusion, logical completion andsupports author’s reasoning. Text Completion: These questions, which usually involve 2 or 3 “blanks,” ask you to choose the correct word to complete a sentence or group of sentences.