GRE an acronym for Graduate Record Examination and is taken by most graduates for pursuing their Masters in a technical field or Masters in Business field in the US. GRE scores are also used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement the candidate’s undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study.
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GRE Test Content and Structure

GRE Test Content

GRE General Test Structure

The GRE General Test is a computer-delivered test. Its test-taker friendly design lets you skip questions within a section, go back and change answers and have the flexibility to choose which questions within a section you want to answer first.
Measure Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing
(One section)
One "Analyze an Issue" task 30 minutes
Verbal Reasoning
(Two sections)
Section 1: 12 questions
Section 2: 15 questions
Section 1: 18 minutes
Section 2: 23 minutes
Quantitative Reasoning
(Two sections)
Section 1: 12 questions
Section 2: 15 questions
Section 1: 21 minutes
Section 2: 26 minutes

Test sections and timing (beginning September 22, 2023)

The overall test time is about 1 hour and 58 minutes. There are five sections.

The Analytical Writing section will always be first. The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and unidentified/unscored

May appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section.

Section-level adaptation

The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections are section-level adaptive. The first section of each measure (i.e., Verbal and Quantitative) is of average difficulty. The difficulty level of the second section of each of the measures depends on your overall performance on the first section.

For example, if you do very well on the first Quantitative Reasoning section, the second section of Quantitative Reasoning will be at a higher level of difficulty. The scoring for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures takes into consideration the total number of questions answered correctly across the two sections, as well as the difficulty level of the sections.

Test design features

The advanced adaptive design of the GRE General Test allows you to move forward and backward throughout an entire section. Specific features include:
  • Preview and review capabilities within a section
  • "Mark" and "Review" features to tag questions, so you can skip them and return later if you have time remaining in the section
  • The ability to change/edit answers within a section
  • An on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section
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GRE Information

Type: Computer-based
Developer: Educational Testing Service
Skills tested: Analytical writing, Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning
Purpose: Admission to master’s and doctoral programs in various universities
Score range: Analytical writing-0 to 6
(in 0.5 point increments)
Verbal reasoning-130 to 170
(in 1 point increments)
Quantitative reasoning-130 to 170
(in 1 point increments)
Score validity: 5 years
Restrictions: GRE can be taken only once after 21 days from the exam day. Max 5 times a year
Language: English
Fee: US $ 205
Test Structure: Section1: Analytical Writing involving separately timed issue and argument tasks
Section 2 to 6
(may occur in any order):
Two Verbal Reasoning sections
Two Quantitative Reasoning sections
One Experimental section
(either Verbal or Quantitative)