All About GRE



The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE®) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for many graduate school in the United States for Master and P.H.D. GRE® test is administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). This is an online test and you can choose your own date to appear for it.

Type of Test:

Computer Based

Time (Duration) of test:

4 Hrs and 5 minutes


1. Analytical Writing  

Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively

2.Verbal Reasoning 

Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.

3. Quantitative Reasoning 

Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.

GRE Test Structure:

1. Analytical Writing(AWA)

1. Analyze an Issue 

2. Analyze an Argument"

1 Hrs (each task 30 mins)

2. Verbal Reasoning

20 Questions

30 minutes

3. Quantitative Reasoning

20 Questions

35 minutes

Optional Break

10 minutes

4. Quantitative Reasoning

20 Questions

35 minutes

5. Verbal Reasoning

20 Questions

30 minutes

6. Unscored Section( Verbal or Quantitative )

20 Questions

30 minutes if Verbal35 minutes if Quant

Reasons for two sections of Math and Verbal:

In GRE® test Verbal Reasoning & Quantitative Reasoning measures are section level adaptive. For example , if you do well in first section of Quantitative Reasoning (Math) section . Second Section will be difficult one. But its important to do well in both sections.same is true for the verbal reasoning section.

Reason for Unscored Section: 

Revised GRE has Unscored Section so that ETS can get feedback on each and every question given in this section. They want to understand level of difficulties for each of the questions. Whether certain question is easy, moderate or difficult, based on how students performed on these questions. It is used to try out new questions for future editions of the GRE Test and to ensure that scores on new editions of the GRE are comparable to scores on earlier editions of the test.

Score Reporting:

Analytical Writing(AWA)

On scale of 0 – 6 

Half point increment

Verbal Reasoning(English)

On scale of 130 – 170

Each question carries One mark and no negative marks

Quantitative Reasoning(Math)

On scale of 130 – 170

Two Sections of Quantitative Reasoning (20 questions each) and two sections of Verbal Reasoning (20 questions each) will have forty questions each. That is a total of 80 questions. Each question will carry one mark. If you give right answer you get one marks and for each wrong answer zero marks. There are no negative marks for wrong answer.

Types of Questions:



  • Reading Comprehension

  • Text Completion

  • Sentence Equivalence

  • Multiple-choice Questions — Select One Answer Choice

  • Multiple-choice Questions — Select One or More Answer Choices

  • Numeric Entry Questions ---- No Answers choices

  • Quantitative Comparison Questions -- compare two columns 

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