GRE Text Completion

Understanding GRE Text Completion

The Text Completion questions in the GRE Verbal Reasoning section consist of short passages, one to five sentences long, with several blanks where words have been omitted. GRE Test takers must choose the correct word for each blank based on the context of the passage. The choices for filling in the blanks are usually sophisticated vocabulary words. This is very much a test of vocabulary as well as a test of reading comprehension on the sentence or paragraph level.

In some cases, several word choices could complete a sentence in a grammatically correct way, however some of the choices would be illogical based on the context of the argument set forth in the short passage. There is no partial credit. To get credit for a question test takers must select the correct choice for each of the blanks in the sentence.

The blanks don't have to be filled in order. For example, if the correct answer to the second blank is obvious, solving that blank first might help in narrowing down what word would work for the first blank. For those who are stumped, another strategy is to imagine filling in the blanks with simple words and then assess which of the choices has the most similar meaning to the simple words selected.