The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a graduate admission test. It is a standardized test that is used to rank applicants for graduate schools. It measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical skills. In most regions of the world, the computer delivered (GRE) test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year. In areas of the world where computer based test is not possible, paper based is available upto three times a year. One can take the GRE test once in every 21 days. There are three parts of the test analytical writing, verbal reading and quant reasoning.
The test is 3 hours and 45 minutes long and it costs US $205. The verbal section is designed to test your verbal reasoning abilities. Greater emphasis has been put on analytical skills and on understanding vocabulary in context rather than in isolation. The Quant reasoning section is based on elementary Math learnt in schools. It will test the basic math topics like algebra, arithmetic, geometry and data analysis under timed constraints. Calculator is allowed for all the questions in Quant reasoning section. The analytical writing section of the GRE requires you to write two essays – one will be on analysis of an issue and the other will be on analysis of an argument.
|Section||Time||No. of Questions|
|Issue Essay||30 mins||1|
|Argument Essay||30 mins||1|
|Two Quant Reasoning Sections||35 mins each||20 per section|
|Two Verbal Reasoning Sections||30 mins each||20 per section|
|Experimental (Quant/Verbal)||35 / 30 min||20|
The experimental section which would be a Quant or Verbal is an unscored and unidentified section.
Both verbal and quant reasoning scores fall on a 130 – 170 point scale. So the minimum GRE Score is 260 and maximum GRE Score is 340. The essays are scored differently than the quant and verbal reasoning sections. It is scaled from 0 – 6, in half point increments. There is no negative marking for any question in GRE.
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