GRE Pattern 2019

By Admin | Aug 29, 2019 | GRE PREP

Institutes from countries like the US, Canada, UK, etc. accept Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for admissions to their graduate-level and advanced degree courses. The ETS GRE (revised) General Test assesses the student’s overall analytical, critical thinking, quantitative and verbal skills, for which, the test is divided into three segments - analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning

GRE is conducted in both Online and Paper-based versions. A person can attempt online GRE test for 5 times within a 365 days period and the offline GRE test any number of times (whenever the test is conducted). While the online GRE test is of 3 hours and 45 minutes, the paper-based test is of 3 hours and 30 minutes.

GRE (Online) Structure

Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing (One section with two tasks timed separately) There are two types of tasks–
  • Analyze an Issue
  • Analyze an Argument
30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning (Two sections 20 questions in each section 30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections) 20 questions in each section 35 minutes per section
Unidentified Unscored Section Varies Varies
Identified Research Section Varies Varies

Source: https://www.ets.org

GRE (Paper-Based) Structure

Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing (One section with two tasks timed separately There are two types of tasks–
  • Analyze an Issue
  • Analyze an Argument
30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning (Two sections 25 questions in each section 35 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections) 25 questions in each section 40 minutes per section

Source: https://www.ets.org

The Unscored and Research sections are not included in the paper-based exam.

  • The Analytical Writing tests how well the candidate can work with words.
  • The two sections of Verbal Reasoning assesses the candidate’s reading comprehension, critical reasoning and vocabulary usage.
  • The two sections of Quantitative Reasoning assesses basic level mathematical knowledge and reasoning skills.
  • GRE does not consider the Unidentified Unscored section in the final score. This section is included to check the difficulty level of questions constructed for future GRE General Tests. The candidate will not know which section this is and therefore cannot skip it.
  • The score of Identified Research Section is also not considered in the final GRE score. The questions in this section are included for ETS Research Purposes and would appear at the end of the test. The test taker will have the option to opt-out of this section.

It is very important for the candidate to understand the actual format properly and be aware of the time allotted in each section. As some unscored sections are also added, it is possible for the exam to go on a bit longer than than the usual time.

It is good not to get anxious while writing the exam as it will only make you more stressed. So be calm and confident while giving the exam.

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