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GRE READING COMPREHENSION
READING COMPREHENSION PASSAGE STRUCTURES • Three Classic GRE Passage Structures • Arguing a Position • Discussing something specific within a field of study • Explaining significant new findings or research
READING COMPREHENSION METHOD • Read Passage Strategically • Identify the Topic , Scope, and Purpose of the passage • Analyze the Question Stem • Do not read the question stems before reading the passage • Correct answers require Active Awareness & Understanding • Research the Relevant Text in the Passage • Do not consider more text from the passage than necessary • Make a Prediction • GRE tests Comprehension & not ability to mine for details • Form a Prediction about answers to questions targeting main idea, purpose, etc. • Develop Ability to Infer an answer based on clues • Evaluate Answer Choices
READING COMPREHENSION TIPS • Express the Main Idea in your own words • Focus on Retaining Ideas, not Facts • Focus on ideas, arguments, and conclusions • Use only what Passage Gives You • Do not be influenced by outside knowledge • Do not approach Highlighted Sentence Questions differently • Remember that surrounding material provides key context information • Do not be Misled by Variations on standard Question Stems • Some questions are concerned with what is true • Some questions require you to determine what is not supported by passage.