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Exam Length
Scoring scale
Number of Test Sections
Analytical Writing
4 hours, including breaks
130-170 (1- point increments) for Verbal and Quantitative; 0-6 for Analytical Writing
Multi- stage test (MST), a computer- based format that allows students to navigate forward and backward within each section of the test
6 sections, including an experimental or research section
One 10-minute break after your third section; 1-minute breaks between all other sections
One section with two 30- minute tasks: analyze an issue and analyze an argument.


Let’s take a look at how the GRE is constructed. The GRE, or Graduate Record Examination, is a computer- based exam required by many graduate schools for admission to a wide variety of programs at the Masters level. You need to know firsthand the way this test is put together if you want to take it apart. In this section, you will learn about the purposes of the GRE and you can learn to be successful on it.

The GRE is designed to assess readiness for a wide variety of graduate programs. The ways in which graduate schools use GRE scores vary. Scores are often required as part of the application for entrance into a program, but they also can be used to grant fellowships or financial aid.

Syllabus and  Structure of GRE

The GRE measures your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills—skills that have been developed over a long period of time and are not related to a specific field of study.   The GRE features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you’ll require in graduate or business school. The three broad sections you’ll encounter are

1. Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal section on the GRE consists of 2 separate 30-minute sections with 20 questions each consisting of:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Text Completion
  • Sentence Equivalence
  •  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 relevant and major points from minor 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.
  • 2. Quantitative Reasoning

    This Quant section on the GRE consists of 2 separate 35-minute sections with 20 questions each consisting of:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Data Analysis
  • The Quantitative Reasoning section measures your ability to:

  • Understand quantitative information
  • Interpret and analyze quantitative information
  • Solve problems using mathematical models
  • Apply the basic mathematical concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics
  • 3. Analytical Writing 

    This is the first section on the GRE and consists of 2 separate 30 minute  essay writing tasks:

  •  Analyze an Issue
  •  Analyze an Argument
  •  The Analytical Writing section measures your ability to:

  • Articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
  • Support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
  • 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.

    GRE scoring pattern

    The GRE is scored out of a total of 340 points, which include the Verbal & the Quant section. The analytical writing section is separately scored out of 6 points

    Countries accepting GRE

    GRE scores are accepted by thousands of  graduate programs  worldwide, including those in countries such as

  • India
  • USA
  • UK
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • GRE Test Syllabus 2017

    : The GRE test is available in two formats. They are GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test. The GRE 2017 Test Syllabus is different for both the formats. While the GRE General test measures a candidate’s verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills, the GRE Subject Test judges the candidate’s expertise in specific fields like Biology, Literature, mathematics, among others. The difference in both the formats is reflected in the GRE test pattern. Also, both the tests use different yardsticks to evaluate the candidate's ability. While the GRE general test is scored on a scale of 130-170, the subjects tests are scored on a 200-990 scale.

    GRE Test Syllabus 2017 - Verbal Reasoning:

    The verbal reasoning section includes three types of questions- Reading Comprehension, Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence. According to the GRE syllabus 2017, the Verbal Reasoning section measures a candidate's ability to:

  • Analyse and draw conclusions, understand and add value to incomplete data; identify the perception of the author;
  • Identify vital points and differentiate between relevant and irrelevant points;
  • Understand and summarise the structure of a text.
  • Understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts
  • Understand relationships among words and among concepts.
  • GRE Test Syllabus 2017 - Quantitative Reasoning

    The Quantitative Reasoning section of GRE test measures a candidate's ability to:

  • Understand and analyse quantitative information
  • Interpret quantitative information correctly
  • Solve problems using mathematical models
  • Apply basic mathematical skills and concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data interpretation
  • GRE Test Syllabus 2017 - Analytical Writing

    The Analytical Writing section measures a candidate's ability to:

  • Articulate complex ideas effectively and with clarity
  • Support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
  • Examine claims and accompanying evidence
  • Sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
  • You can get a detailed analysis of Analytical Writing here

    The GRE 2017 Test Syllabus for the Subject test format:

    As per the GRE test syllabus 2016, the GRE subject test evaluates a candidate’s knowledge in a particular field of study.

    The Subject Test is meant for candidates who have extensive knowledge in one of these seven disciplines.

  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • GRE is a standardised test that is accepted for admission to various disciplines at many graduate and business schools across the globe. It is available at about 700 test centers in more than 160 countries.You can take the test once every 21 days and dates are availbale all around the year. However, before you register for GRE make sure that seats are available on that date. There is no specific GRE Eligibility Criteria. Aspirants can apply for the test irrespective of age and qualification. However, applicants have to keep in mind the eligibility criteria of the universities they are applying to. You are also urged to read up a little on how GRE is scored as it will help you undestand the exam pattern better and your overall standing among test takers.

     The conducting authority of GRE test, Educational Testing Service (ETS), however, does not have any selection procedure of its own to evaluate the test scores of GRE aspirants. The selection procedure depends on the particular institute the candidate applies to.

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