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READING COMPREHENSION
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Here are the key "specs" for GRE Reading Comprehension questions: HOW MANY: 8 questions altogether (3 passages of text, 2-4 questions per passage) WHERE: In the 30-minute Verbal section, mixed with Sentence Completions, Analogies, and Antonym questions FORMAT: Multiple-choice (you select one of 5 choices by clicking on an oval) SKILLS TESTED: Your ability to read carefully and accurately, to determine the relationships among the various parts of the passage, and to draw reasonable inferences the material in the passage
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TYPES OF PASSAGES TYPES OF PASSAGES Specific Science General Science Non Science
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Specific Science Specific Science Hard facts of science Objective and neutral in tone Terminology complex but not theme FOCUS ON MAIN IDEA
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General Science General Science Soft themes History of scientific discoveries Development of scientific procedures/ methods Why science fails in explaining certain phenomena Author has a more definite point of view/expressing his opinion Main theme: whatever the author argues
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Non Science Non Science Humanities or Social Sciences topics Humanities passages- specific point of view/ compare several views Language abstract and dense Social science passages: introduce an era or event: focus on specific problem, topic, person or group Tone: Partisan and opinionated Some may be neutral discussions
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SEVEN BASIC PRINCIPLES SEVEN BASIC PRINCIPLES 1.Pay special attention to the First Third of the passage Topic and Scope Author’s Purpose Structure and tone ( argue, discuss, explain) ( opinionated, argumentative, descriptive, factual, even handed)
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SEVEN BASIC PRINCIPLES SEVEN BASIC PRINCIPLES 2.Focus on the main idea 3.Get the gist of each paragraph 4.Don’t obsess with over details 5.Attack the passage; don’t just read it What’s author’s main point here? What’s the purpose of this paragraph? Of this sentence?
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SEVEN BASIC PRINCIPLES SEVEN BASIC PRINCIPLES 6. Beware of the classic Wrong Answer choices Contradict the facts or the main idea Distort or twist the facts or the main idea
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