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THE CRITICAL READING & WRITING SECTION


 

Time

Content

Item Types

Score

70 min. (two 25-min. sections and one 20-min. section)

Critical reading and sentence-level reading

Reading comprehension, sentence completions, and paragraph-length critical reading

200-800


Overview
The critical reading section, formerly known as the verbal section, will include short reading passages along with the existing long reading passages. Analogies have been eliminated, but sentence-completion questions and passage-based reading questions remain.

The Critical Reading Section measures:
* Sentence Completions
* Passage Based Reading


 

Time

Content

Item Types

Score

60 min.

Grammar, usage, and word choice

Multiple choice questions (35 min.) and student-written essay (25 min.)

200-800


Short Essay
The short essay measures your ability to:
* Organize and express ideas clearly
* Develop and support the main idea
* Use appropriate word choice and sentence structure
* You'll be asked to develop a point of a view on an issue, using reasoning and evidence — based on your own experiences, readings, or observations — to support your ideas.
* The essay will be scored by trained high school and college teachers. Each reader will give the essay a score from 1 to 6 (6 is the highest score) based on the overall quality of the essay and your demonstration of writing competence.
* Get more information about the essay:
* Sample Essay Question
* Essay Scoring Guide

Multiple-Choice
The multiple-choice writing questions measure your ability to:
Improve sentences and paragraphs
Identify errors (such as diction, grammar, sentence construction, subject-verb agreement, proper word usage, and wordiness)
multiple-choice questions:
* Identifying Sentence Errors
* Improving Sentences
* Improving Paragraphs