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GRE Test Preparation: What is GRE Test

This guide help students to understand the structure of the GRE test, how to prepare and schedule a study plan, and some tips and tricks to help them pass the test

GRE structure

GRE stands for graduate record examinations, it's a common standardized test required for admission for graduate schools. According to the Educational Testing Service ETS, the GRE aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills.

What is the structure of the GRE test?

There are two types of GRE tests, the paper test and the computer test.

The paper test is about three hours and 30 minutes. It consist of six sections with a ten minute break after section two. 

Measure Number of questions Allotted time

Analytical writing

Two sections

Will always be the first

Section 1: Analyze issue task.

Section 2: Analyze an argument task

30 minutes per section

Verbal reasoning

Two sections

25 questions per section 35 minutes per section

Quantitative reasoning

Two sections

25 questions per section 40 minutes per section

If you want to get more detailed information go the GRE website from Here.

The computer test overall time is about three hours and 45 minutes. It consist of six sections with a 10 minute break after the third section.

Measure Number of questions Allotted time

Analytical writing

One section with two separately timed tasks

Will always be first

One analyze an issue task and one analyze 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 30 minutes per section
Unscored 1 Varies Varies
Research 2 Varies Varies

If you want to get more detailed information go the GRE website from Here.

 

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