Why Is ETS GRE One of the Most Widely Used Exams

The GRE is one of the most widely used exams because it is required by anyone who wants to study in a graduate or business school in the USA. Your score in the exam will help you to gain admission to these schools, and help you to further your education and career. ETS has introduced a new version of the test since August 2011. The exam is available in two forms, a computer-based as well as a paper-based test. This makes it easier to access the test and has contributed to the popularity of this test. This exam is the preferred test of graduate and business schools, because it tests the skills that are required by their students to excel in their courses. The sections of the test are described below:

1. Verbal Reasoning:

In this section of the exam, you will be required to read text composed of sentences and passages, and answer questions that will test your reasoning skills. This section has about 40 questions that you have to complete in 60 minutes. There are three types of questions in this section:

1) Reading Comprehension:

You will be asked multiple-choice questions, that is, each question will have one correct answer. You will score points for every correct answer. You will also get a set of multiple-choice questions with one or more correct answers. To score a point, you must select all the correct answers. In the Select-in-Passage questions, you will be given the description of a sentence. You have to find a similar sentence in the given passage or text.

2) Text Completion Questions:

In this type of question, you will be given a passage which will have a few blank portions in it. You will have to choose the right answers from among the given choices. You will score points only if you get all the answers right.

3) Sentence Equivalence Questions:

You will be given a sentence with a blank portion. You have to choose two correct answers from among six options. You will receive points only if both the choices are correct.

2. Quantitative Reasoning:

In the quantitative Reasoning section of the exam, Data Interpretation Sets are given in tabular or graph form. These are accompanied by related texts and questions. Independent questions, apart from those related to Data Interpretation Sets are also asked. The total number of questions is around 40, and the time allotted is 70 minutes. The question types are as follows:

  • There are multiple-choice questions with one correct answer.
  • There are multiple-choice questions with more than one correct answer.
  • There are Numeric Entry questions which require you to enter numbers as your answers.
  • Quantitative Comparison Questions: Two quantities, Quantity A and B have to compared.
  • Data interpretation Sets: You will be asked questions that test your ability to understand and interpret a set of data.

3. Analytical Writing:

This section of the GRE consists of two tasks. Each task is allotted 30 minutes. These tasks are:

1) Analyze An Issue Task:

An "issue statement" will be given to you along with specific instructions on what to write. This task will test your ability to read, analyze and write about an issue.

2) Analyze An Argument Task:

As the name suggests, an argument, in the form of a text passage will be given to you. You will be required to provide a critical analysis of that argument.

The paper-based version of this exam has similar sections as the computer-based version. The differences are in the time allotted, and in the number of questions. Some of the above mentioned question types do not appear in the paper-based version of the test.

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