GREGraduate Record Examination (GRE® revised General Test) is a standardized test taken by prospective graduate and business school applicants. Those who want to pursue a doctoral degree too take GRE revised General Test.

Who accepts GRE?

Most graduate and business schools in the US and other English-Speaking countries consider the test a mandatory admission requirement. Even graduate and business schools in the non-English speaking countries set it as prerequisite for admission, if the medium of instruction is English

Structure of the test

Module No of questions Time Score
Analytical Writing Assessment 2 (Analyze an Issue & Analyze an Argument 30 minutes per task 0-6
Verbal Reasoning
(2 sections)
40 (20 questions per section) 30 min per section 130-170
Quantitative Reasoning
(Two sections)
40 (20 questions per section) 35 min per section 130-170
Unscored Varies Varies NA
Research Varies varies NA

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)

The Analytical Writing Assessment section consists of two essay tasks: ‘Analysis of an Issue’ and ‘Analysis of an Argument’. The essays are written on a computer using word a Processing Software specifically designed by ETS. Unlike other word processing the programs, the ‘ETS program’ does not have advanced capabilities such as spell checker or grammar checker. The essays are rated by two readers and ideally four different scores are provided: two for the issue task and two for the argument task. However the final AWA score, which will normally be available after 10-15 days, will be the average of these four scores. The scoring is done on a scale of 0-6

Analysis of an issue:

The test taker should write an essay on a given topic. There is no word limit though there is time limit. The test taker should complete the task within 30 minutes. The topics are taken from a pool of topics published by ETS.

Analysis of an Argument:

The test taker will have to develop a critique of argument (a statement of questionable authenticity with supporting information).  The essay is not presentation against the point of view expressed in the argument rather the way in which the argument is presented. The test taker is not expected to present his/her point of view. The test taker should come up with ways to improve the argument while presenting the logical inadequacies in the argument.

Verbal Reasoning section

The verbal reasoning section of the GRE® revised General Test consists of three different types of questions, namely Sentence equivalence, Text completion and Reading comprehension. The section assesses a test takers Reading comprehension and critical reasoning skills. The test takers command over vocabulary will also be tested.  Ideally there will be two verbal reasoning sections with approximately 20 questions each. The test taker will have 30 minutes for completing each section. The score for the verbal reasoning section ranges between 130 and 170. Scoring is done in 1point increments.

Quantitative Reasoning Section

The quantitative reasoning section of the GRE® revised General Test consists of 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. The sections measures test takers basic math skills, understanding of the basic mathematical concepts and ability to reason quantitatively and to model and solve problems with quantitative methods. The questions span across four content areas: Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Data analysis. The test taker will have 35 minutes for completing each section. The score for the quantitative reasoning section ranges between 130 and 170. Scoring is done in 1point increments.

The experimental section

Apart from the regular sections the test may also have an unidentifiable unscored experimental section. The experimental section will look like the same as the   other regular sections but does not count towards the test takers score.  The experimental section can be either a verbal, quantitative, or analytical writing task. As it not possible to identify the experimental section from the mix, test takers are advised to try their best on every section.

 The Research section

An identifiable research section may also be part of the test. The section does not count toward the score. The research section typically appears at end of the test.