The reading comprehension is an important segment of the GRE. Many students particularly Indians are apprehensive regarding this section, this is mainly because almost none of the students have cultivated a reading habit. The little reading individuals do is constrained to social media, online articles etc due to the current fast-paced world and advancement in technology. However, the positive aspect is that there are many preparatory books which would assist in easily mastering this section and improve your GRE scores. One such important book is the GRE official guide which should help you the most in your preparation. This book by ETS comprises the contents of the entire syllabus and each candidate should ensure to be fully competent in the topics mentioned in it.
The best way to prepare for RC is to develop a reading habit. We would encourage you to read as many books as possible since this would help you get accustomed to various paragraph styles, forms and the passage structure used by the authors. However, it is also essential to keep in mind what we read since not all materials are of good calibre. Therefore make wise choices and try to read articles related to research, social passages from well-renowned publications. We suggest subscriptions to magazines & newspapers like : The Guardian, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Daily Telegraph etc. The articles in these papers give you a wide exposure to various topics and you would slowly get accustomed to a wide range of subjects which you previously were unaware of.
Some general books which the candidate can read on GRE Verbal are :
- How to Read Better and Faster by Norman Lewis
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- The Wizard of Oz Vocabulary Builder by Frank L Baum and Mark Phillips
- How to be Alone by Jonathan Franzen
Here are some of the best books to prepare for the GRE reading comprehension:
- ETS: GRE The Official Guide to the Revised General Test
- Barron’s GRE
- Kaplan’s GRE Premier
- Manhattan Prep GRE Strategy Guides
The above books will help you to read in a more systematic manner and to analyze the GRE Reading Comprehension passage in an efficient manner. It enables you to observe the parts of the passage that is relevant to the questions given. One has to keep in mind the time constraint while attempting and answering the Reading Comprehension passages and not spend too much time on the same. It is important to do an active reading and not skip important points or the message which the author is trying to convey in the passage. Therefore one can easily conquer the Reading Comprehension section in the GRE exam by following the above steps given.
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