The GRE revised General Test measures general skills that are applicable to most graduate studies, specifically your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills. The test is three hours and 10 minutes in length, but you should plan for almost four hours for the entire process, due to one short break and possible additional unscored and research questions that ETS may add.
The scored part of the GRE test currently consists of three sections:
Analytical Writing (1 hour) – two essay questions, each 30 minutes long
Verbal Reasoning (1 hour) – two 30-minute sections, each with 20 questions
Quantitative Reasoning (1 hour and 10 minutes) – two 35-minute sections, each with 20 questions
In each section, you will be able to preview questions, skip questions, go back and change answers, and flag questions for later attention.
Usually the computer-based test is available at testing centers worldwide, including the U.S. and Mexico, throughout the year. As a temporary measure during the COVID-19 pandemic, ETS will allow you to take the test at home, under certain conditions.
The GRE® revised General Test is required by many graduate programs for admission. Here's what to expect from the test.
The GRE Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections are adaptive. After you answer the first 20 questions, the computer selects the next 20 questions with a level of difficulty matched to your performance. Your final score is computed from the number of questions that you got right (your raw score), scaled according the difficulty of questions you were given.
The more questions that you answer correctly, and the harder your final 20 questions are, the higher your GRE score will be.
GRE Verbal Reasoning Section
Score Scale: 130-170
The Verbal Reasoning section gives you multiple-choice and selection questions to test your reading comprehension, fill-in-the-blank passages, and sentence equivalence questions (in which you create sentences that are alike in meaning). Read more about Verbal Reasoning.
GRE Quantitative Reasoning
Score Scale: 130-170
The Quantitative Reasoning section asks questions in which you interpret and analyze quantitative information, and answer multiple-choice questions and make numeric entries to solve problems requiring skills in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis. An on-screen calculator will provided during this section. Read more about Quantitative Reasoning.
GRE Analytical Writing
Score Scale: 0-6 (half-point increments)
The Analytic Writing section asks you to write essays that displays your ability to support your ideas, articulate your reasoning effectively, and provide focused responses. Each essay receives a score from at least one trained reader.
After you complete your test and preview your Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores, you will be asked to designate up to four graduate schools or fellowship sponsors to receive the scores.
You have the option to select to send only your most recent GRE score or all your GRE scores (up to five years). You may also choose not to send any score. You may send your GRE scores after test day for an additional fee.