Pay attention to the sentence logic

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We get a lot of questions about importance of Vocabulary in the verbal section of the GRE.  Now don’t get me wrong! Vocabulary is still important. However the rote memorization of words and their meaning is no longer as relevant as it was in the old GRE test. Consider the following:

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At the heart of Puritanism was the attempt to transform society by first using grace to make God’s will one’s own. By doing so the individual would lead a/an _______ life.

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Clearly the question is testing your logical skills and how your understand the meaning of the words in the context of the sentence.  If you miss the point of the sentence, you are likely to get the question wrong.

 

 Recognizing Similar Triangles

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Being able to recognize similar triangles on the test is important because many problems depend on your ability to generate information from one figure to another. But how can you tell if two triangles are similar?

In the following question ask yourself how we can definitively identify the two similar triangles.

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In the above figure AB=3 and AD=4. If CD=9, what is the area of triangle AEC?

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We can determine that the triangles in the above problem are similar by the fact that their angles are identical. Because there are two parallel lines (defined by AB and CD) that are cut by a transversal, we know that the alternate interior and exterior angles (ABE and ECD) are the same. Since we also know that each triangle contains a right triangle, we now have two identical angles. This is enough to determine that the two triangles are similar, because there are only three angles in a triangle, and they must add up to 180 degrees, which means the third angle is identical as well.

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 The Return of Basic Arithmetic

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Most students figure that, once middle school is over, long division no longer continues to play a significant role in their life. Little do they know!

The standardized tests test a good deal of your mathematical knowledge from middle, high, and even elementary school. Don’t take your knowledge of long division, remainders, or basic arithmetic – it is a vital part of doing well on the math section of the GRE!

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The difference between two numbers is 250. When the larger number is divided by the smaller one, the quotient is 4 and the remainder is 55. What is the smaller number?

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If you don’t remember how to perform long division, re-learn it! It is tested enough on the test to justify investing some time… especially if it’s been a while since 8th grade.

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 Words that mean almost the same thing

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Often, two words that mean almost the same thing may not be entirely appropriate in two different settings. What do you think about this question?

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The gang ______________ with the money after they robbed the bank.

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While migrate does indeed mean something close to “to move”, it really isn’t appropriate in this context. The word “abscond” has a more suitable connotation here; thus, it is the correct answer.