Wondering how to pace yourself for GRE paper test? This article is perfect for you. Let’s jump straight into the topic.
The verbal section of GRE consists of 20 questions and you will be given 30 minutes to complete it. Roughly, you will have about 1.5 minutes per question. Make sure you keep this in mind while solving different questions. Let’s look at the questions in order of time consumption (least to most time consuming); one-blank text completions, Sentence equivalence, two-blank text completion, a short reading passage, three-blank text completion, and long reading passage.
Pacing GRE Verbal Section
The ranking list is a rough estimate. It is obvious that difficult questions will cost you more time than easier ones. In order to simplify the things, let’s assign each of the sections listed above a certain amount of time as compared to the question type.
- One blank test completion will take 20 to 45 seconds.
- Sentence equivalence questions will take you anywhere from 20 to 60 seconds.
- Two blank questions can take you 30 to 75 seconds to complete.
- Three blank sections will take anywhere from 45 seconds to 2 minutes.
- Short Reading Passage will take anywhere from 45 sec to 1:45 minutes.
- Long Reading Passage will take anywhere from 1 to 3 minutes.
Aim at spending less time on one blank test competitions and test equivalence questions and spend the extra time on one blank and sentence equivalence questions.
Twenty seconds to three minutes is a very wide range that might confuse you. Now, it is important to understand that certain questions might be easier than the other and can take only a few seconds to complete. Moreover, each question in GRE has equal weight and marks.
So, don’t stress over a single question. Just aim at not spending more than 3 minutes on a three-blank test completion and skip the difficult ones. You can always revisit them in the end. Easier questions take less time and will leave plenty of room in the end for the difficult ones.
GRE test makers have given you the option to skip a question for a reason. Use it to your advantage. Plus, there is no negative marking in the test so answer all the questions.
Stay Calm and Don’t Freak Out
If you don’t know the answer to every single question on GRE, don’t freak out. Try your best to take random guesses for the questions you have no clue about. There is no negative marking. Sometimes, your random guesses can be correct and will earn you extra points.
Moreover, it is crucial to stay super calm during the GRE test. Any kind of stress and anxiety will not impact the results of the GRE test in the right manner. Trying mindful breathing is a great idea to stay calm and ace the GRE verbal section and the entire test.
Hope this article helps you pace the GRE Verbal section effectively. Stay calm and do not waste too much time on a single question. Leave plenty of room for reading comprehension passages.
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