GRE Words. Your knowledge of the words in English language is of great importance in ETS-GRE. This testing of your GRE words is comprehensive and also very important for scoring. Mere superficial knowledge of the meanings is not sufficient to score. The test is designed such that you will have to have complete knowledge about the meanings, the antonyms and the usage of the words. You shall be tested for antonyms, analogies, comprehension etc. Hence it is not enough to know the meanings but you must also know how to use the words.
In colleges across US, the graduate courses are taught and tested in English. You are likely to take up a number of subjects in your graduation. Each subject has a different content, is taught in a different style and has different requirements. The language used to interpret, explain, comprehend a subject is distinct and specific to the requirements. Say, if you are to study biology a different style is used, whereas if you study history a completely different method is employed. Also the words used to teach different subjects are different. A biology teacher will use very different words from those used by a history or say an English teacher. But when you have to study so many different subjects you have to know where which type of language is used, you have a vocabulary suited to the subject. Hence it becomes important for you to have a good vocabulary and to understand and use a wide variety of words. This is why your vocabulary is tested in GRE. The admission authorities have to know that you are capable of understanding the course you undertake. No college wants to admit a student who has a language problem. Language is just a medium for imparting knowledge and it should not become a subject in itself. Thus the colleges give a lot of importance to your score in the verbal section.
The verbal section has basically four types of questions to measure your ability to analyze information and interpret it. Your ability to analyze relationships between different words and different components of sentences in tested in this section.
The four types of questions in the verbal section are antonyms, analogies, sentence completion and reading comprehension.
Questions based on antonyms measure your vocabulary for words opposite in meaning of the given word. A word will be given to you followed by five answer options. Each of these five words will have similar meanings and you have to choose the word opposite in meaning to the one given in the question. These questions judge your reasoning skills as well, besides your knowledge.
Questions based on analogies will contain a pair of words. These words will be connected in some way or the other, in meaning. This question is followed by five answer options. Each option consists of a pair of words which are related with each other. You have to recognize the pair with a similar relation, between the two words, to the one in the question. These questions test how you can identify relations among words and concepts.
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