THE GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

The GRE test is a requirement for most graduate schools in the United States; conducted and administered by (ETS) Education Testing Services. It measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking abilities of the test takers. It is a computed based test administered at Prometric testing centre. The cost to take the test is US $205 but in
certain circumstances ETS will reduce the fee to promote financial aid to those GRE applicants who prove economic hardship. The test evaluates a test taker’s knowledge in specific field such as Physics, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, cells and Molecular Biology, and English Literature. It is a computer adaptive test that determines the level of difficulty of the questions according to the predecessor of the questions. The test is of total 340 out of which 130-170 is of verbal Section ,and 130-170 is of Quantitative Section. The writing section of the test is evaluated on bands ranging from 0 to 6.

GRE General Test pattern

The total duration of the Computer-based General test is 3 hours 45 minutes.
There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.

Measure Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing (One section with two separately timed tasks) One “Analyse an Issue” task and one
“Analyse an Argument” task
30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning (Two sections) 20 questions per section 30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections) 20 questions per section 35 minutes per section
Unscored Varies Varies
Research Varies Varies

NOTE- The Unscored and the Research section do not count toward the actual GRE score. Research section may be included in place of the Unscored section.

Verbal Reasoning

This section tests the test taker’s comfort level with text and grammar.

The Verbal Reasoning section of the GRE Test Pattern contains three types of questions:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Text Completion
  • Sentence Equivalence

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning section measures the test taker’s ability to understand quantitative information and apply mathematical skills and elementary mathematical concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data interpretation.

The Quantitative Reasoning section of the GRE Test contains four types of questions:

  • Quantitative Comparison Questions
  • Multiple-choice Questions — Select One Answer Choice
  • Multiple-choice Questions — Select One or More Answer Choices
  • Numeric Entry Questions.

Analytical Writing

The Analytical Writing section measures the test taker’s ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively. The Analytical Writing section of the GRE Test consists of two separately timed analytical writing tasks:

  • Analyse an Issue task: This task assesses your ability to think critically about a topic and express your thoughts in writing.
  • Analyse an Argument task: This task assesses your ability to understand, analyse and evaluate arguments and convey your evaluation in writing.

The GRE test is a conducted at about 700 test centres in more than 160 countries. The test takers can register for the test once every 21 days as per the dates available all around the year.