GRE® – Structure

GRE®  – Graduate Record Examinations

GRE® is a Computer Adaptive Test administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS®) of the United States.

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The GRE® is a Standardized Test that is an Admissions Requirement and a Parameter for Funding Chances for many graduate schools in the United States and in other English-speaking countries for English-taught graduate and business programs world-wide.

And remember scoring high in GRE® is your Key to success in both getting admissions into your choice of Universities and also getting financial aid. GRE® is one of the key-factors in getting funding options.

The exam has two parts, a General Test and a Subject Test.

Here we are talking about GRE® General Test which all universities in USA generally accept in the admission process.

GRE® General Test aims to measure Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing & Critical Thinking Skills that have been developed over a long period of time and are not related to a specific field of study, but are important for all. The test closely aligns with the type of skills that are required for success in today’s demanding graduate and business school programs.

The GRE® General Test is offered as a computer-based exam in ETS® selected qualified testing centers.


The computer-based GRE® General Test consists of 6 sections with 10 minute break following the third section.

Overall testing time will be about 3 Hours and 45 minutes.

Test always starts with Analytical Writing section and the remaining five sections may appear in any order. And in these five sections one Experimental Section and one Research Section are present.

Sections include

AW – Analytical Writing  60 minutes – One section with two separately timed tasks

  • Analyze an Issue    – 30 minutes
  • Analyze an Argument – 30 minutes

V  – Verbal Reasoning  60 minutes

  • Two 30-minute sections – 20 questions per section.

Q – Quantitative Reasoning – 70 minutes

  • Two 35-minute sections – 20 questions per section.

Experimental Section – 30 minutes – One Experimental section, which is unidentified and unscored and which can be either a verbal, quantitative, or analytical writing task, may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing, generally contains new questions ETS® is considering for future use.

Research Section – 30 minutes – Sometimes an unidentified and unscored research section may be included at the end of the test instead of the experimental section.

Note : Although the experimental section does not count towards the test-takers score, it is unidentified and appears identical to the scored sections. Because test takers have no definite way of knowing which section is experimental, it is typically advised that test takers try their best on every section.


Maximum Marks allotted : 340.
Sectional scores for Verbal 170  and  for Quantitative 170.

AWAAnalytic Writing Assessment score : On a Scale of 0 – 6 based on the overall impact of the essays written by a student.


The test scores are valid for Five Years.

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