Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

GRE stands for Graduate Record Examination. The GRE General Test is administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Eligibility for GRE

There is no age or qualification to take the GRE. The GRE test scores are valid for five years.

Test Structure / Pattern of GRE

The total testing time for the revised GRE test is around 3 hours and 45 minutes excluding short breaks. There are six sections.

  • One Analytical Writing section with two separately timed writing tasks.
  • Two Verbal Reasoning sections.
  • Two Quantitative Reasoning sections.
  • One unscarred section, typically a Verbal Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning section that may appear at any point in the test.

Section

No. of Qstns

Time

Analytical Writing
(1 section with 2 separately timed tasks)
1 “Analyze an Issue” task &
1 “Analyze an Argument” task
30 Mins per task
Verbal Reasoning (2 sections) Approx. 20 questions per section 30 Mins per section
Quantitative Reasoning (2 sections) Approx. 20 questions per section 35 Mins per section
Unscarred* Varies Varies
Research** Varies Varies

 

The revised test features a new score scale that reports the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments.

* An unidentified unscarred section that does not count toward a score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section.

** An identified research section may be included in place of the unscarred section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test. Questions in this section are included for the purpose of ETS research and will not count toward the test taker’s score.

There is a 10-minute break following the third section, and a 1-minute break between the other test sections.

You can take the GRE once every 60 days, up to five times per year. This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously.

Scoring in GRE

Three scores will be reported on the GRE General Test

  1. The Verbal Reasoning scores on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments.
  2. The Quantitative Reasoning scores on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments.
  3. An Analytical Writing score on a 0 to 6 scale, in half-point increments.