GRE Information and Format

Graduate programs and business schools use GRE scores to evaluate your readiness for graduate-level work. The GRE General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE revised General Test is offered on computers throughout the year in most regions of the world. Paper-based administrations are offered in areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available.

The revised General Test is composed of Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning sections. In addition, an unidentified Verbal or Quantitative section that does not count toward a score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. Be sure to complete all Verbal or Quantitative sections since you will not know which ones will be counted as part of your score. An identified research section that is not scored may also be included.

The revised General Test is scored on a scale of 130-170 points in 1-point increments on both the Verbal and Quantitative sections. The revised Analytical Writing section is scored from 0-6 in half-point increments.

–Information taken from 2012-2013 GRE Bulletin

GRE Exam Format

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) Approx. 20 questions per section 30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections) Approx. 20 questions per section 35 minutes per section
Unscored Varies Varies
Research Varies Varies
Total Time (with breaks) 3 hours and 45 minutes (approx.)

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