GRE Pattern and Information

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  • Apr 26, 2019

Information about GRE

The GRE or Graduate Record Examinations are tests conducted for admission into almost all graduate level programmes in the US and some programs outside the US also. The most commonly administered test is the GRE General test which is a section wise adaptive computer based test. In recent years the GRE General test is gaining acceptability at many Global Business Schools also including Yale Business School and Stanford Business School.

GRE Pattern

The GRE is a six section test administered over 3 hours 45 minutes with a 10 minute break after the third section.

Structure of the Computer-delivered Test


Number of Questions

Allotted Time

Analytical Writing
(One section with two separately timed tasks)

One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task

30 minutes per task

Verbal Reasoning
(Two sections)

20 questions per section

30 minutes per section

Quantitative Reasoning
(Two sections)

20 questions per section

35 minutes per section







1. An unidentified unscored section that does not count toward your score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. Questions in the unscored section are being tried out either for possible use in future tests or to ensure that scores on new editions of the test are comparable to scores from earlier editions.

2. An identified research section that does not count toward your score may be included in place of the unscored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test. Questions in this section are included for ETS research purposes.

Order of Sections

1. The Analytical Writing section will always be first.

2. The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and unidentified/unscored sections may appear in any order; therefore, you should treat each section as if it counts toward your score.

Test Design Features

The GRE General Test allows you to freely move forward and backward throughout an entire section. Specific features include:

1. Preview and review capabilities within a section

2. "Mark" and "Review" features to tag questions, so you can skip them and return later if you have time remaining in the section

3. The ability to change/edit answers within a section

4. An on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section

Scoring of Sections



Score Scale

Verbal Reasoning

130–170, in 1 point increments

Quantitative Reasoning

130–170, in 1 point increments

Analytical Writing

0–6, in half point increments

If no questions are answered for a specific measure (e.g., Verbal Reasoning), then you will receive a No Score (NS) for that measure.

Test Content

Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning section measures your ability to:

  • analyze and draw conclusions from discourse; reason from incomplete data; identify author's assumptions and/or perspective; understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author's intent
  • select important points; distinguish major from minor or relevant points; summarize text; understand the structure of a text
  • understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts; understand relationships among words and among concepts

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning section measures your ability to:

  • understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information
  • solve problems using mathematical models
  • apply basic skills and elementary concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis

The Quantitative Reasoning section includes an on-screen calculator. If you are taking the paper-delivered test, a calculator will be provided at the test center.

Analytical Writing

The Analytical Writing section measures your ability to:

  • articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
  • support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
  • examine claims and accompanying evidence
  • sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
  • control the elements of standard written English

The Analytical Writing section requires you to provide focused responses based on the tasks presented, so you can accurately demonstrate your skill in directly responding to a task.

Test Fees

The Test Fees in India is $205

Score Validity  and Attempts

One can write the GRE upto 5 times a year. However after writing the GRE one has to wait a minimum of 21 days to write the GRE again. The score is valid for 5 years

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