What is the GRE | How the GRE is structured | How the GRE is scored

 The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is a graduate-level admissions test used by many programs graduate school and business school programs to evaluate the potential of the applicants. The test is favorable by section, which means that your score in the previous sections affects the difficulty of the subsequent sections. The GRE takes about three hours and forty five minutes to complete.

The GRE has 3 sections:

1. Analytical Writing,

2. Verbal Reasoning

3. Quantitative Reasoning.


How the GRE is structured:

Analytical Writing - Essay 1 (30 minutes)


Analytical Writing - Essay 2 (30 minutes)


Break (10 minutes)


Oral (30 minutes) or quantitative (35 minutes) or experimental


Oral (30 minutes) or quantitative (35 minutes) or experimental


Break (10 minutes)


Oral (30 minutes) or quantitative (35 minutes) or experimental


Oral (30 minutes) or quantitative (35 minutes) or experimental


Oral (30 minutes) or quantitative (35 minutes) or experimental



How GRE is scored

The Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal section of the GRE is scored in increments one by one on a scale of 130–170. Your raw score (each question counts for the same score) will be replaced on the final 130–170 scale.


The analytical writing section is created by both a human rater and an ETS program known as an e-rater. Your essays are classified in half-digit increments from 0-6. In case of disagreement exceeding one point, a second human rotor is brought in; The final score is then an average of two human grades.


Analytical writing overview

The Analytical Writing section will always be first: two essays, a 30-minute epise.

There will be an "issue" essay; The second "argument" will be the essay. They can appear in any order.

There will be two hints in the "marks" essay section, of which you will select one. every one will be a declarative report, such as "loyalty is the ultimate refuge of miscreants." Your task is to agree or disagree with the statement. You should protect your point by using logic and examples. Technically, spelling and grammar spelling are not counted, but they do in this case.

The "argument" essay section contains only one prompt. You will be given a small paragraph which takes a position. Your task will be to identify whether the argument is sound, and how it can be improved.


Verbal reasoning

There are 2 (two) Verbal Reasoning sections on the this test. Each consists of 20 questions and lasts for 30 minutes, which works up to 90 seconds per question. Verbal (and quantitative) sections are section-adaptive (as opposed to question-adaptive). In section-adaptive tests, your performance over the whole section determines how easy or difficult your subsequent sections will be, as opposed to the habit of questioning the test.


There are three categories of oral questions:

Reading Comprehension - A typical Verbal section will consist of 10 RC questions, which are based on short passages consisting of 100-450 words. The paragraphs can be about the humanities, history, science or social sciences.


Text Ending - You will be presented with one, two, or three spaces with one sentence and paragraph. Your task will be to complete the sentence or paragraph based on not only the grammar, but also the style of the surrounding language. There are usually 6 TC questions in a Verbal section.


Sentence Similarity - You will be presented with a sentence with 1 blank and 6 answers; You will need to find 2 answers that fill in the blank. An oral section will typically have 4 SE questions.


Quantitative reasoning

There are two quantitative reasoning sections on the GRE; Each is 35 minutes long and consists of 20 questions.

 There are two types of quantitative questions:

 Problem Solving - About 2/3rd of quantitative section will cover PS questions. You may be asked to find a correct answer from 5 possibilities, to find one or more correct answers from 6 - 9 possibilities, or to enter your own answer.

 Quantitative Comparison - The remaining 1/3rd of quantitative section cover QC problems. In these, you will not be asked to solve an equation, but rather to compare two quantities and decide which is larger (or if it is not possible to define).


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