What we cover in class

There are a total of 5 lessons in the PowerScore Live Online GRE Verbal Course — dedicated exclusively to the Verbal section of the GRE — for a total of 15 hours of live, interactive, real-time online instruction . The extensive schedule allows us to cover not only the fundamentals of the GRE Verbal section, but also the strategies and shortcuts for handling those challenging problems that mean the difference between a good score and a great score.

Course Intro
  1. Test Content/Format/Scoring

Lesson 1 — Argumentation Part I, First Family Part I, and Sentence Context
  1. 3 Reading Question Types
  2. Text Completion/Sentence Equivalence
    1. Intro to Both Types
      1. 1, 2, 3 blanks
      2. "Equivalence"
    2. Context vs Vocab
    3. Solution Strategies
    4. Context/Direction Clues
    5. Types of Sentences
      1. Direction/Continuity
      2. Directions/Contrast
    6. Sentences Problem Set

  3. Reading Comprehension
    1. Passage Types
    2. PowerScore Strategy and Approach
      1. Basic Argumentation
      2. Three Question Families
        1. First Family — Must be True
    3. First Family Passage Set

Lesson 2 — Argumentation Part II, First Family Part II, and Sentence Vocabulary
  1. Reading Comprehension
    1. Advanced Argumentation
      1. Causality
    2. First Family — Main Point, Primary Purpose/Function, Method-AP
    3. Mixed Stimuli Passage Set

  2. Text Completion/Sentence Equivalence — Vocabulary
    1. Importance of Vocabulary Revisited
    2. Answers: Meanings
      1. Double Definitions
      2. Homographs/Homophones
        1. Parts of Speech
    3. Answers: Traps
      1. Opposite Answers
      2. "Kind Of" Answers
    4. Vocabulary Strategies
      1. Late-blank Replacement
      2. All-but-one Questions
      3. Roots/Affixes
      4. Word Sense
    5. Sentences Problem Set

Lesson 3 — Second and Third Families (Weaken, Strengthen, Resolve), 160+-level Sentences
  1. Reading Comprehension
    1. Argumentation Review
    2. Second and Third Families
      1. Weaken
      2. Strengthen
      3. Resolve
    3. Second and Third Family Passage Set

  2. Advanced Sentences Part I
    1. Complex Sentence Deconstruction
    2. Advanced Sentences I Problem Set

Lesson 4 — Advanced Sentences Part II and Long Passages
  1. Final Sentences Review
  2. Advanced Sentences Part II
    1. Advanced Sentences II Problem Set

  3. Reading Comprehension — 90 minutes
    1. Multi-paragraph Passages
    2. Multi-paragraph Passage Set

Lesson 5 — Reasoning Review, Argumentative Flaws, Analyze an Issue and Analyze an Argument Essays
  1. Reasoning Review
    1. Premise/Conclusion Review
    2. Common Reasoning Elements
    3. Affecting Argumentation Review

  2. Analytical Writing — Introduction
    1. Purpose
    2. Scoring/Analysis
    3. Essay Graders
    4. Computer Controls

  3. Analyze an Argument Essay
    1. Argument Essay Directions
    2. Time Management
    3. Five Argument Task Essay Considerations
    4. Classic Errors of Reasoning 
      1. Assumptions
      2. Causality
    5. Structuring Your Essay
    6. Argument Discussion Prompts
    7. Argument Task Sample Responses and Criticisms

  4. Analyze an Issue Essay
    1. Issue Essay Directions
    2. Time Management
    3. Eight Issue Task Essay Considerations
    4. The Issue Essay Template
    5. Sample Discussion Prompts
    6. Issue Task Sample Responses and Criticisms