GRE Overview and Structure

What is the GRE?

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test provides US graduate schools and US business schools with common measures to evaluate applicants.

What Does the GRE Test?

The exam tests quantitative, verbal and analytical writing skills that have been developed over a long period of time. Research shows that scores on the GRE General Test consistently predict graduate school students' performance and grades.

Why is GRE Important?

Often GRE scores will be used to ascertain eligibility for merit-based fellowships and grants, in addition to teaching and research assistantships. To limit the application pool, cut off points are established for GRE scores by numerous programmes, particularly those at large state schools, while others use GRE scores to directly establish the amount of financial support you receive. Investing effort and time in your GRE preparation today can help you achieve entry into the US grad school of your choice and enhance your chances of receiving financial aid.

The GRE at a Glance:

Section Time Format Question Types Skills Tested
Verbal Two 30 minute sections
(60 minutes total)
20 multiple-choice questions in each section Reading Comprehension (with increased focus on short passages), Text Completion, Sentence Equivalence Reading, Analytical Reasoning, Vocabulary
Quantitative Two 30 minute sections
(60 minutes total)
20 multiple-choice questions in each section Problem Solving, Quantitative Comparisons, Data interpretation Basic Math, Mathematical Concepts, Quantitative Reasoning
Analytical Writing Assessment 60 minutes Two 30 minute essays Analysis of an Argument, Analysis of an Issue Critical thinking and analytical writing skills

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