Tips to Improve GRE Reading Comprehension (RCs) Test Score

Raghuram Sukumar GRE 5 Comments

If you are preparing for Graduate Record Exam (GRE) offered by ETS and have taken some practice tests, by now you should have realized that scoring in GRE Reading Comprehension (RC) is not going to be easy.

In most instances, most students spend time studying for GRE verbal words but fail to put in time and effort to improve GRE Reading Comprehension skills.

If you talk to those who already took GRE tests and had RCs in the first 1 to 8 questions, they end up getting lower scores in the GRE. So how must one prepare for a GRE Reading Comprehension test?

GRE Reading Comprehension – Practice

Spend lots of time solving RCs. After you have spent considerable time, you will see a pattern emerges about RCs. During practice test, make a note of the time it takes to complete a set of 5 to 8 questions.

See where you spend most of your time:

  • Reading entire passage first?
  • Reading the question and choice of answers first and then reading the passage?
  • Read a few lines and then reading the question?

Once you have understood the problem solving process, then you can start implementing the strategies discussed in popular GRE verbal books [Top 9 GRE Test Prep Books].

If you have learned a new strategy, try that out in a few practice tests. See which strategy helps you score more in the least time, then find ways to improvise on that.

GRE Verbal Books

There are many books that provide good practice questions and strategies to improve your verbal score.

Remember, investing in these books alone will not help improve your score, you must be willing to spend time to take the practice tests and implement new strategies. Checkout the following books for GRE verbal test:

Improve Reading Skills

If you have more than 2 years to prepare for a GRE exam, consider devoting some time reading some informative English magazines like The Economist, Business Week, National Geographic, etc., and best-selling novels like:

So the bottom line is that the key in improving your GRE reading comprehension test score is by reading a lot and practicing.


  1. Hi, I score 450V and 630Q in GRE. WHen I took the test I was 9 month pregnant. can I improve it if I retake?

  2. I am currently using the Barron’s GRE Prep book, and was wondering how long ideally should it take to complete a set of questions for a passage?

  3. HI HSB
    I tried contacting to the universities that u mentioned where GRE is not necessary but the reply which i got from most university is that u need a GRE score and it is mandatory.
    What is the real case for this problem can u help me out

  4. Thank you Raghuram Sukumar providing valuable information and Its user friendly page I like most

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