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GRE Analogy test strategies
An analogy tests...
... your understanding of the relationship between the pairs of example words and your ability to recognize other pairs that have a similar relationship.
The basic techniques for solving analogies are:
(A) process of elimination. eliminate words or pairs that definitely do not fit.
(B) make a sentence that describes the relationship between the words.
(C) define one word in terms of the other word.
common analogy relationships: A is a
of B, A is
to B, A is a
of B, A is
by B, A
If more than one answer seems to fit...
... make the sentence more specific, until only one anwer is left.
If you don't know some of the answer words...
use process of elimination
- get rid of answers that you
can't be correct
- if you know one word of an answer pair but not the other, don't eliminate it unless you know the other word doesn't fit the analogy
Common analogy relationships are:
A is a type of B
A is used to B
A is a greater/lesser degree of B
A is characterized by B
A lacks B
If you don't know the stem words...
- eliminate answer words that do not have any relationship with eachother
- make sentences for the remaining answer pairs
- the example words should fit
in the sentence you've made for the answer pairs
- is there likely to be a word that fulfills the kind of relationship you describe in your answer sentence?
: drawl:speak - scintillate:flash (is there likely to be a word that means "to flash slowly"? No)
(A) If you know both words in the eample pair:
(B) If you don't know one of the words in the example pair:
(C) If you don't know either of the words in the example pair:
(A) make a defining sentence, apply that sentence to the answer choices, use process of elimination, make a more specific sentence if needed.
(B) make defining sentences using the answer pairs, eliminate those without relationships, fill in the example pair to the answer pair sentences
(C) same as B but in the end, make an educated guess based on which answer choice has the strongest relationship
don't forget to check the parts of speech & look for secondary meanings