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Test Structure

The GRE revised General Test consists of the following three sections:
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Analytical Writing

Section Number of Questions Allotted time Grades
Analytical Writing (1 section with 2 separately timed tasks) One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task 30 minutes per task 0-6, in 1/2 point increments
Verbal Reasoning (2 sections) Approx 20 questions per section 30 minutes per section 130-170, in 1 point increments
Quantitative Reasoning (2 sections) Approx 20 questions per section 35 minutes per section 130-170, in 1 point increments
Unscored I Varies Varies  
Research II Varies Varies  

The Analytical Writing section will always be first, while the other two sections may appear in any order.

Verbal Reasoning
  • There are two sections each containing approximately 20 questions.
  • The time given to complete each section will be 30 minutes.
  • The difficulty of the second section depends on how well you answered in first verbal section.
  • It contain three parts reading comprehension, text completion and sentence equivalence
  • Reading comprehension contains lots of reading and answer the question accordingly, drawing main element of the passage, to evaluate and analyse the crux of the passage.
  • Text completion lays emphasis on the selection of words from the paragraphs to complete it and turn into a meaningful one.
  • Sentence Equivalence lays emphasis on how the sentence will be completed on the information from the passage which makes it a complete one.

Quantitative Reasoning
  • There are two sections in quantitative reasoning each containing 20 questions on mathematics and data analysis.
  • The time to complete per section will be 35 minutes.
  • The section will cover basic mathematical skills and simple concepts such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics.
  • This section will help to analyze quantitative information and will also help solving problems using mathematical modals
  • There will be more emphasis on data analysis and real life scenario questions rather than mental maths.
Analytical Writing
  • There are two separate analytical writing parts, each part of 30 minutes.
  • The section will cover one issue task and one argument task; you have choice of two in issue task.
  • This section helps to evaluate one's writing skills critically. One has to evaluate the complexities of the issue and then put his viewpoint.


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