Getting an advanced degree can create many opportunities in life. Moreover, if you have graduated from a reputed college it further increases your prospects in the job market. And how do I show my best to the college of my choice? Well, the GRE is a definite answer.
The GRE test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you’ll do in graduate and professional school, including business and law. The Verbal Reasoning section measures the student’s ability to analyze and draw conclusions from discourse, reason from incomplete data, understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author’s intent, among others.
Meanwhile, the Quantitative Reasoning section measures the student’s ability to understand, interpret and analyze 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. Lastly, the Analytical Writing section measures a student’s 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.
LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS
||Number of Questions
|Analytical Writing (One section with two separately timed tasks)
||One ‘Analyze an Issue’ task
One ‘Analyze an Argument’ task
|30 minutes per task
|Verbal Reasoning (Two sections)
||20 questions per
|Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections)
||20 questions per
|35 minutes per section
|Unscored or Research Section*
1. An unidentified unscored section that does not count toward your score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. Questions in the unscored section are being tried out either for possible use in future tests or to ensure that scores on new editions of the test are comparable to scores from earlier editions.
2. An identified research section that does not count toward your score may be included in place of the unscored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test. Questions in this section are included for ETS research purposes.
The Analytical Writing section will always be first. The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and unidentified/unscored sections may appear in any order; therefore, you should treat each section as if it counts toward your score.
Test Design Features
The advanced adaptive design of the GRE allows you to freely move forward and backward throughout an entire section. Specific features include:
- Preview and review capabilities within a section
- ‘Mark’ and ‘Review’ features to tag questions, so you can skip them and return later if you have time remaining in the section
- The ability to change/edit answers within a section
- An on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section
The Analytical Writing section measures your ability to:
- Articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
- Support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
- Examine claims and accompanying evidence
- 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.
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 major from minor or irrelevant 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
- Quantitative Reasoning
The Quantitative Reasoning section measures your ability to:
- Understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information
- Solve problems using mathematical models
- Apply basic skills and elementary concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis
- The Quantitative Reasoning section includes an on-screen calculator.
Modified versions of Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning questions
The test you take may include questions that are modified versions of published questions or of questions you have already seen on the test. Some modifications are substantial; others are less apparent.
Even if a question appears to be similar to a question you have already seen, it may in fact be different and have a different answer. Pay careful attention to the wording of each question.
The highest total score you can get on the GRE is a 340. However, section scores are usually reported separately. For the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections, the highest score you can get for each section is 170, and the lowest score is 130
Three scores are reported on the GRE:
- A Verbal Reasoning score is reported on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments.
- A Quantitative Reasoning score is reported on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments.
- An Analytical Writing score is reported on a 0–6 score level, in half-point increments.