GRE- Graduate Record Examinations

Why GRE?

  • If you do well in GRE, you gain confidence that you will do well ahead in the course that you get chosen for.
  • GRE gives you the liberty to send only those scores to schools that you want to. If you do not perform well, you can re-take the exam and send those scores that you are satisfied with.
  • Interestingly, GRE is the only test that lets you skip questions within a section, go back and change answers. This helps the aspirant to optimally use the time and maximize scores.

What does GRE test you on?

The GRE revised General Test measures analytical writing, verbal and quantitative skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study.

  • Analytical Writing - Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, evaluates ability to effectively articulate and support complex ideas.
  • 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.
  • Quantitative Reasoning - Measures basic mathematical skills, understanding the fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and modern math and your ability to reason and solve problems. It also measures you skills on data analysis.

Test Pattern of GRE
The overall testing time for the computer-delivered GRE is about three hours and forty-five minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.


Number of Questions / Score range

Allotted Time

Analytical Writing
(One section with two separately timed tasks)

One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task
Score: 0 - 6, in half point increments

30 minutes per task

Verbal Reasoning
(Two sections)

20 questions per section
Score: 130 - 170 in total

30 minutes per section

Quantitative Reasoning
(Two sections)

20 questions per section
Score: 130 - 170 in total

35 minutes per section








*An unidentified un-scored section that does not count toward your score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. Questions in the un-scored section are being tried out either for possible use in future tests or to ensure that scores on new editions of the test are comparable to scores from earlier editions.

**An identified research section that does not count toward your score may be included in place of the un-scored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test. Questions in this section are included for ETS research purposes.

Note: The Analytical Writing section will always be first. The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and unidentified/un-scored sections may appear in any order; therefore, you should treat each section as if it counts toward your score.

The GRE revised General test is administered as a computer adaptive test, but not all sections are adaptive. Each of the verbal and quantitative assessment portions of the exam has two sections. For both of these assessments, the first part is not computer adaptive, while the second is.

Test Design Features

The advanced adaptive design of the GRE revised General Test allows you to freely move forward and backward throughout an entire section. Specific features include:

  • Preview and review capabilities within a section
  • "Mark" and "Review" features to tag questions, so you can skip them and return later if you have time remaining in the section
  • The ability to change/edit answers within a section
  • An on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section

You need to register and create a ‘My GRE Account’ on www.ets.org for the GRE test or to view your scores.