GRE Test Overview
The GRE Test is a standardized exam that is used by many U.S. graduate schools in their admissions process. The GRE Test serves a similar function to the SAT and ACT Tests in that both are used by colleges and universities as a factor in admissions. Different institutions place varying degrees of importance on standardized tests, such as the GRE, and use them along with other factors such as GPA, class rank, community service, recommendations and extracurricular activities.
GRE Test scores range from 200 to 800 for the verbal and quantitative sections. The GRE analytical writing section is scored on a 0 to 6 scale.
GRE Test Format
The GRE Test consists of two written essays and a total of 58 questions. You are given a total of 150 minutes to complete the test. The table below lists the sections of the test in more detail.
GRE Test Sections
||Number of Questions
|GRE Analytical Writing||
45 minutes (issue task)
|1 Issue Task
1 Argument Task
|Evaluates your ability to articulate and support complex ideas, examine claims and accompanying evidence, and appropriately utilize the elements of standard written English.|
|GRE Verbal||30 minutes||30 questions||Evaluates your verbal reasoning and comprehension. You will be asked to analyze and evaluate written material, including synthesizing information, analyzing relationships among sentence components, and recognizing relationships between words and concepts.|
|GRE Quantitative||45 minutes||28 questions||Covers basic mathematical concepts that are typical for a college graduate. You will be tested on:arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis. You will be assessed on quantitative reasoning.|
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