GRE exam or Graduate Record Examination is a standardized exam for graduate programs and graduate business programs that is eligible for globally. The GRE exam has two formats, in which the aspirant can attempt-computer based and paper-based. Though paper-based is available only at few sites and where the computer-based is unavailable. So, the aspirant should choose wisely what to opt for.

Before going to that stage, let us first try to understand the exam pattern and then prepare for it. This article will help you with many practice questions related to the GRE verbal section. It will provide you with all types of verbal questions, for example, critical reasoning, how many questions of critical reasoning might be asked and much more. Stay tuned till the end to understand it thoroughly.

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GRE Verbal Reasoning Question Types

There are three types of questions in verbal reasoning

#Reading Comprehension

#Text Completion

#Sentence Equivalence

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Question Type Frequency 

Question Type Across Both Sections  Within One Section 
Reading Comprehension 1 Long passage: 4 questions

5-6 Short passages: 1-2 questions each

2-3 Medium passages: 2-3 questions each

3-4 Critical Reasoning questions (short paragraphs)

5-7 passages of differing extents with 10-13 questions
Text Completions 2-4 single-blank TCs

4-6 double-blank TCs

2-4 triple-blank TCs

1-2 single-blank TCs

2-3 double-blank TCs

1-2 triple-blank TCs

Sentence Equivalence 9 questions 4-5 questions

How Many Critical Reasoning Questions in GRE Verbal?

Passage Type  Number of Passages  Question Per Passage 
Short 5-6 1-2
Medium 2-3 2-3
Long 1 4
Critical Reasoning 3-4 1

Critical Reasoning Question Types

These are the types of verbal critical questions.

#Assumption type questions, where one has to identify the reason behind the assumption made.

#There will an argument stated, one has to detect the flaw

#An argument will be presented, one has to explain the paradox

#What is the method of reasoning that the writer/author has adopted

#Analysing an argument and identifying an additional piece of information that will weaken or strengthen it.

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GRE Critical Reasoning – Assumption Type Question


The conclusion of the argument will depend on which of the following assumptions?

Alternatives/ Options:

#During the 1980s just half of the diabetic patients got treatment, though now a significantly higher rate does.

#Free clinical treatment is bound to be accessible now to individuals who have no health care coverage than it was during the 1980s.

#All things considered, altogether prior in the movement of the sickness than it did during the 1980s.

GRE Critical Reasoning – Strengthen/Weaken based Question


In a Software Programming Language class, 30 understudies were tried on their capacity to code. These understudies were then allowed a three-day instructional class in coding strategies. The understudies have tried again and showed a 20 percent decline in mistakes. This outcome demonstrates that the course was successful in expanding individuals’ coding capacities.

Question Stem

As read above, which of the following options if true supports the argument above?

#The understudies were all brilliant at PC essentials, and such individuals will in general be acceptable at coding.

#The main testing meeting worked as a training meeting for the second testing meeting.

#The exactness with which individuals can code is unequivocally identified with their consistent capacity.

#A comparable gathering of understudies who were likewise tried on the capacity to code however were not given the course and didn’t show a decline in mistakes.

#Coding with not many blunders is an achievement accomplished by generally not many individuals who take up the game.

GRE Critical Reasoning – Flaw based Question

Some of the questions that might be asked

#To present her position or stand, what does the author do, select the appropriate from the following?

#Which one of the following identifies the correct flaw from the above argument?

GRE Critical Reasoning – Paradox based Question

Some of the questions that might be asked

#If true, after reading the following, which is the most appropriate paradox that is presented above?

#If true, which of the following contributes most to an explanation of the right discrepancy which is given above?

#Expect which of the following will contribute to the paradox?

GRE Critical Reasoning – Method of Reasoning based Question

An enormous organization has as of late expanded its profit instalments to investors. Investors had recently been stressed over the organization’s stock cost, however are presently mitigated since expanding profits, for the most part, supports an organization’s stock cost. In any case, the investors’ confidence might be badly established since burning through cash on the instalment of profits frequently demonstrates that the organization has depleted more worthwhile ventures for its money holds and that the stock cost will probably fall in the more extended run.

As read above, which of the two bold-faced portions choose the right roles for them.

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Critical thinking is something that you need to develop. Every person has his/her way of thinking, some are critical thinkers, some are abstract, some are logical and some have reasoning thinking. Well, everyone has all of these types of thinking, because we are placed in different situations. While attempting the exam, instead of just reading the question, understand the situation that the question has. If the aspirant understands the situation, then it is a piece of cake.

If you have any doubts regarding the GRE exam or if you are stuck somewhere with the preparation, feel free to drop them in the comments section below, we will be happy to help. Before closing this tab, check out the articles and courses which will be helpful for preparation.

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