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Sentence Equivalence


Sentence Equivalence questions are the newest and most unfamiliar test questions in the revised GRE verbal section. There are usually only 3 or 4 of this question type in each verbal section (remember, there are two sections).


Sentence equivalence questions consist of a single sentence containing one blank. You must choose from six answer choices the two that best fit blank. As with all GRE questions, there is no partial credit for getting only one of the answer choices correct.


The directions for sentence equivalence questions look like this:


Directions: Select the two answer choices that, when used to complete the sentence, fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole and produce completed sentences that are alike in meaning.


In many ways, your strategy for these questions will be similar to the strategy used for the text completion section. For these questions, you will still:

  • Think of a word that fits the sentence before you look at answer choices; and
  • Be alert to transitional words

If you haven't gotten those strategies down from the previous section, go back and review those now before proceeding to this new question type.

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