The GRE exam is a standardized test conducted by Educational Testing Service(ETS), for the purpose of admissions into graduate, business and doctoral degrees. The test is conducted in 160 countries with over 1000 test centers to supplement them. The test can be delivered in two formats viz, Paper-based and Computer-adaptive. The GRE exam intends to test the candidate’s English vocabulary, critical thinking and mathematical skills. These skills are tested through three segments viz, Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing.
The Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections are marked between 130 – 170 marks each. Both these segments have 40 questions and the increment of each question is done with one mark. The 40 questions are divided into two equal sections consisting of 20 questions each. The Verbal section allows 30 minutes per section while the Quantitative section allows 35 minutes per section. The Analytical Writing section has two questions: Analysis of an Argument and Analysis of an Issue, each of them has a time limit of 30 minutes. It is scored between 0-6 marks.
Test duration: 3 hours 45 minutes
Breaks: 1 minutes break after each section
|Section||Number of questions||Time(minutes)|
|AWA- Issue task||1||30|
|Research / Experimental||Varies||Varies|
|Analytical writing assessment||0-6||0.5|
Analytical writing section: GRE Analytical writing sections tests on focused response to the tasks provided. Analytical writing section tests ability to articulate complex ideas, provide relevant reasons, fragment information from the given task and derive what author intends. Analytical writing assessment involves two different; Analysis of an Issue and Analysis of an Argument tasks which need to be completed within duration of 30 minutes each.
Issue task: Issue task presents an opinion or an issue of general interest which will be followed by some set of instructions. Typical issue task asks your opinion in favor or abstain. This tests the ability to evaluate the issue, analyze its complexity and develop arguments with clear reasons and examples to support your views.
Argument task: Argument Task presents a conclusion in the form of brief passage followed by a set of instructions Argument task section presents the ability to consider the logical soundness of the argument rather than agree or disagree with the position it presents. Analyze author’s tone and meaning. Provide relevant and concise ideas to weaken or strengthen the given conclusion.
Verbal Reasoning: GRE Verbal Reasoning section tests ability to understand the meaning of words, sentences and relationship between words and among concepts. Analyze and draw a conclusion from discourse. Ability to articulate reason from incomplete data. Ability to select important and relevant points from the given information. Ability to extract what author intends.
Quantitative Aptitude: GRE Quantitative aptitude section tests ability to apply elementary concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data interpretation. Ability to solve problems using mathematical models. Ability to understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information.
Research / Experimental
Research: An identified research section that does not count toward your score may be included in place of the unscored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test. Questions in this section are included for ETS research purposes.
Experimental (Unscored section): An unidentified unscored section that does not count toward your score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. Questions in the unscored section are being tried out either for possible use in future tests or to ensure that scores on new editions of the test are comparable to scores from earlier editions.
Test Design Feature
- 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
- GRE revised General Test allows you to freely move forward and backward throughout an entire section