The GRE® revised General Test
The GRE general test is meant to measure your overall academic ability and is the
standard exam for admission to non-business schools. However, an increasing number
of business schools are accepting scores from the GRE exam. Also, not all graduate
schools or programs require the GRE. Some schools and programs also require various
subject tests, so check with your choice of schools to make sure which exam(s) you
need to take. The GRE general exam does NOT test you on any specific facts or pieces
of knowledge that you may have learned in any one class.
For the quantitative and verbal reasoning assessments of the GRE revised General
test, the scores range from 130 to 170 points. For the analytic writing section,
scores range from 0.0 to 6.0, in half-point increments. There are two verbal and
two math sections on the GRE revised General test. The first of both sections is
not computer adaptive, but the difficulty of questions that you'll be given for
the second section is dependent on how well you did on the first section. The essay
section of the GRE is composed on the computer, but both writing tasks are graded
by trained readers.
Registration for the GRE exam is straight-forward. Exam centers are located throughout
the world, and most locations are open seven days a week. Registration for the GRE
revised General Test is first-come, first-serve, so you want to register as soon
as possible for your preferred date and venue.
GRE revised General Test Format
In all cases the Analytical Writing section is the first section of the exam, followed
by a 10 minute break. After the break, there are 6 sections: two verbal, two math,
an unscored section, and a research section. The research section is always the
last section, while the other sections can appear in any order. Therefore, you won’t
be able to tell which section is unscored, so you must be sure to do your best on
2 essays, 30 minutes each
The writing section of the GRE is meant to measure your analytical reasoning, organization,
and analysis skills. The two essays include an issue essay and an argument essay.
There are no right or wrong answers to the essay questions, and the essays will
be read and scored by 2 (and possibly 3) readers. For more information about the
essay section, and for writing tips, go to the essay tutorial section.
Two sections each with 20 questions, 30 minutes for each section
Each section includes a mix of reading comprehension question, text completion,
and sentence equivalence questions. Reading comprehension questions are either single
answer, multiple answers, or select in passage, while text completion questions
will have either one, two, or three blanks. For more information on each of these
question types, please see that tutorial section.
Two sections each with 20 questions, 35 minutes for each section
Each quantitative reasoning section (also common called the "Math GRE sections")
contains a mix of multiple choice, quantitative analysis, and user input questions.
For more information about the quantitative reasoning questions, proceed to the
An experimental section that will either be a math or a verbal section may also
be included on the exam. You will know if you were given a math or verbal experimental
section because you will have two of those sections during the test, but you won’t
know which of two identical sections will be experimental. The experimental section
does not count toward your score, and is used by ETS to try out new questions for
possible use in future exams.
*In the above example, the unscored section is the last section, but the order of
the sections can be any of several combinations. For example, your exam may be math-verbal-math-verbal-unscored,
or verbal-math-unscored-math-verbal, etc.