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GRE® (Graduate Record Exam)

GRE® is widely the Mandatory Entrance test for MS, MA and Doctorate programs in the US and a few schools in the UK and Germany. The GRE® score is valid for five years, however most of the universities insist on the scores from a recently taken GRE® and prefer scores which are not more than 2-3 years old. The Verbal Section of GRE® has recently been ammended, with more emphasis given on Verbal Reasoning & Contexual Usage Of Vocabulary, as against Anotonyms & Synonyms namely sentence Equivalence & Text Completion. Similarly, a wide range of Reading Comprehensions- taken on the screen makes the Test formidable. The Analytical Writing Section constitutes Two Critical essays. The Mathematical Section constitutes Number Systems, Arithmatic & Algebra, Geometry and Components Of Data Sufficiency. GRE® is scored out of 340 with sectional weightage of 170 for each component. The Analytical Section is graded on a scale of 0-6.

Test Format: Computer-based GRE General Test Content and Structure

The computer-based GRE® General Test is composed of Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections. The Analytical Writing section is always first. In addition, one unidentified unscored section may be included and can appear in any position in the test after the Analytical Writing section. Questions in the unscored section are being tested for possible use in future tests, and answers will not count toward your scores. An identified research section that is not scored may also be included, and if so, it is always at the end of the test. The Verbal and Quantitative sections, including the unidentified unscored section, may appear in any order. Treat each section presented during your test as if it counts. Total testing time is three hours, not including the research section. The directions at the beginning of each section specify the total number of questions in the section and the time allowed for the section.

Computer-based GRE® revised General Test Content and Structure

The overall testing time for the computer-based GRE® revised General Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.

Structure of the Computer-based Test

Measure Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing (One section with two separately timed tasks) One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task 30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning (Two sections) Approximately 20 questions per section 30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections) Approximately 20 questions per section 35 minutes per section
Unscored¹ Varies Varies
Research² Varies Varies

(Source: Official GRE website - www.ets.org/gre)