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Overview of the GRE

The GRE is used by graduate schools during the application process. The exam was recently updated and made significantly shorter.

Fast Facts:

  • 5 Total Sections
  • 1 Hour 58 Minutes Long
  • 54 Questions
  • 1 Essay

The 5 sections on the exam are:

  1. Analytical Writing: 1 Essay, 30 Minutes
  2. Verbal Reasoning (Section 1): 12 Questions, 18 Minutes
  3. Verbal Reasoning (Section 2): 15 Questions, 23 Minutes
  4. Quantitative Reasoning (Section 1): 12 Questions, 21 Minutes
  5. Quantitative Reasoning (Section 2): 15 Questions, 26 Minutes

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For more information on the exam, like question types, read our GRE overview article.

Scoring of the GRE

You will receive the following three scores:

  • Analytical Writing: 0-6
  • Verbal Reasoning: 130-170
  • Quantitative Reasoning: 130-170

Your verbal score will come from the two verbal sections and your quantitative score will come from the two quantitative sections.

For more detailed information, read our guide to GRE scores.

Registering for the GRE and Test Day

The GRE is very easy to register for and can be done online. You will need to create an ETS account to register. Here is a link to create an ETS account.

You are given two options when it comes to taking the GRE:

  1. Online at Home: Take the exam online from your home.
  2. Online at Testing Center: Take the exam at a testing center. The exam is still given on a computer.

You will need to pay a fee to take the exam. The fee varies depending on your country, but you can expect to pay around $220.

Studying for the GRE

When studying for the GRE, we recommend following these steps:

  1. Take a Practice Exam: Take a full-length exam to get a baseline and see where you stand.
  2. Review Your Results: After completing your exam, review your answer explanations and see which section you struggled with the most.
  3. Focus Your Studies: Focus your studies on the specific areas that gave you the most trouble. This could include a specific section or a type of question. You can use study guides, flashcards, more GRE practice tests, or a prep course in this step.
  4. Take Another Practice Exam: After spending time focusing your studies, take another practice exam and see if your score improved.
  5. Re-evaluate Where You Stand: After taking another full-length exam, see where you stand. Did your score improve or not?
  6. Repeat Steps 3 Through 5: Repeat these steps until you are completely comfortable with all sections of the exam.

Benefits of Taking a Free GRE Practice Test

You will find that using GRE practice questions has many benefits. Some of the major benefits include:

  1. Familiarity of the Exam: You will be exposed to the format and types of questions that are asked on the actual GRE exam. This will help you eliminate any surprises when taking the real exam.
  2. Timing: One of the things that makes the GRE challenging is the timing aspect of the exam. You will be able to practice your timing when using a GRE mock test. Don’t worry if you run out of time when practicing. This will allow you to be realistic with yourself and help you figure it out before taking the real exam.
  3. Find Weak Areas: Practicing for the GRE will help you find which areas you struggle with. You can use this to narrow down your studies, which will help you study more efficiently.
  4. Better Problem Solving: Taking practice exams will help you learn new ways to solve problems. You may review one of our answer explanations and discover a more efficient way to solve a problem. This will help you save time when taking the exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are 5 different sections on the GRE:

  1. Analytical Writing
  2. Verbal Reasoning (Section 1)
  3. Verbal Reasoning (Section 2)
  4. Quantitative Reasoning (Section 1)
  5. Quantitative Reasoning (Section 2)

Yes, the exam is timed. The exam will take a total of 1 hour and 58 minutes.

The time limits for each section are:

  1. Analytical Writing: 30 Minutes
  2. Verbal Reasoning (Section 1): 18 Minutes
  3. Verbal Reasoning (Section 2): 23 Minutes
  4. Quantitative Reasoning (Section 1): 21 Minutes
  5. Quantitative Reasoning (Section 2): 26 Minutes

The price varies depending on where you are located and what GRE test you are taking.

For most of the world, the GRE general test currently costs $220.

GRE subject tests are standardized for the whole world and currently costs $150.

The GRE does not provide formulas for students. Students will be expected to memorize various formulas to do well on the exam.

Some common formulas students should have memorized for the GRE test include:

  • Area of a circle
  • Circumference of a circle
  • Area of a square
  • Perimeter of a square
  • Area of a rectangle
  • Perimeter of a rectangle
  • Area of a triangle
  • Slope
  • Distance, rate and time
  • Interest rate
  • Compound interest

GRE scores last for a total of 5 years. The five year timeline starts from the day you took your exam.

You can retake the GRE once every 21 days. You can take the exam a maximum of 5 times in a 12-month period.

Trevor Klee
Trevor is our GMAT and GRE expert. Trevor runs his own tutoring company and scored in the 99th percentile of the GRE and GMAT.