GRE test format:
The GRE test format is divided into two types such as the GRE general test and the GRE subject test. The syllabus for both the formats is different. The GRE general test is divided into three sections like verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. This test helps to analyze the candidate’s reasoning skills and analytical writing skills. Whereas the GRE subject test measures the candidate’s knowledge in specific fields like chemistry, biology, mathematics, literature in English, psychology, and physics.
The GRE test is divided into two formats like computer-based and paper-based format. The candidate can choose any one of the formats during the GRE registration. According to the GRE test format 2018, the total duration for computer-based GRE general test is about 3 hours 45 minutes. There are 6 sections in the GRE general test and 10 minutes break is mandatory after the third section of the test. The verbal reasoning and quantitative tests are scored between 130-170 scales. Whereas analytical writing test is scored on a 0-6 scale.
The verbal reasoning section of the GRE general test measures the candidate’s proficiency in English, grammar, analyzing skills in information and content, ability to analyze different parts of sentences and concepts. There are 2 sections and 20 questions are given per section. It is scored on 130-170 scales.
The quantitative reasoning section of the GRE general test measures the candidate’s ability in analyzing quantitative information, ability in mathematical skills and concepts like Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra and data interpretation. There are 4 types of questions like quantitative comparisons, multiple choice questions with one or more answer choices, multiple choice questions with one answer, and numeric entry questions. Candidates can use calculators to answer the questions in this section. This test is scored on 130-170 scales.
The analytical writing section of the GRE general test measures the candidate’s abilities in articulating ideas effectively and clearly, analyzing claims and information; coherent, effective and logical topic discussion in English. There are two separate analytical writing tasks in this section. One is analyzing an issue and the other is analyze an argument. Analyse an issue task is to assess the candidate’s ability in critical thinking about the topic and expressing thoughts in writing. Analyze an argument task is to assess the candidate’s ability in evaluating, understanding, analyzing, and convey information through writing. This test is scored on the 0-6 scale.
The official scores of the GRE general test will be reported to the candidates within 10-15 days after the test date. Candidates can receive official Graduate Institution Score report sent directly by the ETS. The GRE subject test scores are measured on a scale of 200-220, in 10 points increment. The official scores are available to the candidates within 6 days after the test date. All the test scores are valid for 5 years.
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