EXAM PREPARATIONS

GRE

The Graduate Record Examinations Test (GRE) provides an assessment of an individual’s academic readiness for graduate level studies. GRE scores are accepted in Universities around the world for graduate admissions. Two primary types of GRE exams are available: The GRE General Test and GRE Subject Tests. Subject Tests are available for 8 different subjects, and are generally helpful for those looking to show proficiency in a specific field. A bachelor’s degree is required to give the GRE.

Sections

The GRE General Test includes 6 sections in total and lasts for 3 hours and 45 minutes, with a 10-minute break following the third section.

1. Analytical Writing – Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, including the ability to articulate and support complex ideas with relevant reasons and examples, and examine claims and accompanying evidence. There is an emphasis on analytical writing skills.

  • Time Limit/Number of Task: 30 minutes per task/2 tasks
  • Question Types: Analysis of an Issue, Analysis of an Argument

2. Verbal Reasoning – This measures the ability to analyze and draw conclusions from discourse, reason from incomplete data, understand multiple levels of meaning (literal, figurative and author’s intent), summarize text, distinguish major from minor points, understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts, and understand relationships among words and among concepts. There is an emphasis on complex verbal reasoning skills.

  • Time Limit/Number of Questions: 30 minutes per section (2 sections)/20 questions per section

3. Quantitative Reasoning – Measures the ability to understand, interpret and analyse quantitative information, solve problems using mathematical models, and apply the basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis. There is an emphasis on quantitative reasoning skills.

Time Limit/Number of Questions: 35 minutes per section (2 sections)/20 questions per section

     

4. Experimental or Research – One of the five sections will be an experimental test section. The five sections can be presented in any order and the experimental section may be either verbal reasoning or quantitative reasoning. The experimental sections are used to make continuing updates to the test, in order to gauge the difficulty of test questions, and as a data-collection tool for ETS. If there is a research section, it will be presented after the completion of the rest of your test, and it will be optional.

Time Limit/Number of Questions: Varies/Varies

5. Computer Adaptation – One of the five sections will be an experimental test section. The five sections can be presented in any order and the experimental section may be either verbal reasoning or quantitative reasoning. The experimental sections are used to make continuing updates to the test, in order to gauge the difficulty of test questions, and as a data-collection tool for ETS. If there is a research section, it will be presented after the completion of the rest of your test, and it will be optional.

Scores

Scores for the GRE General Test are given on a 0-6 scale for the Analytical Writing section and a 130-170 scale for the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections.

  1. Analytical Writing – 0–6, in half-point increments
  2. Verbal Reasoning – 130–170, in 1-point increments
  3. Quantitative Reasoning – 130–170, in 1-point increments

In total, the maximum score for the GRE General Test is a 340 with a 6 Analytical Writing score. An average score (50th percentile) is a 300. 75th percentile at 318 is a good score and 90th percentile at 329 is superior.

GRE® tests all provide the ScoreSelect® option, which means you can take a GRE test once now or again in the future and only send the GRE test scores from whichever test date(s) you want schools to see. Best of all, you always have five years to decide.

Validity

Scores are reportable for five years following your test date. For example, scores for a test taken on July 3, 2020, are reportable through July 2, 2025.

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