GRE Exam

The Purpose of the Different Sections of GRE

Preparation for any examination begins with gathering the required information regarding the various features of the test and the GRE is no different. All prospective candidates of colleges in the USA have to appear for this examination. This test will measure your skills in analytical writing, grammar and quantitative analysis. In other words it will test all that you have learnt during your undergraduate years. However, before you take the test you must know the various features of the exam and they are discussed in the following sections.

Know Your GRE:

GRE is the abbreviation for Graduate Record Examinations. It was revamped in the year 2011 and the GRE revised General Test replaced the original test. It has 2 formats, viz, the computer based test and the paper based test.





Although in most test centers the computer based examination is held, yet in places where there is an unavailability of computers or internet, the traditional paper based format of the examination is held. If you want to know the format that you will be appearing for then click on the following link:

http://www.ets.org/bin/getprogram.cgi?test=gre

Once you know the format of the exam that you will be taking you can plan out your test date. If you are appearing for the CBT version then you will receive your score 10 to 15 days from the test date and if you are appearing for the PBT version then it will take at least 6 weeks before you can access your scores. So when you select a test date you should keep this in mind.

After you have decided the date, you will need to start preparing for the examination. However, in order to prepare properly for this exam you must know the question paper format of it. The various sections of the test and the types of question you will come across in the test are discussed in the following section.

The GRE Question Paper

The GRE is a complete examination which will test your knowledge of Mathematics as well as English. It comprises 3 parts which are as follows:

  • Verbal Reasoning: There are 3 types of questions that you will have to answer in this section and they are as follows:
    1. Reading Comprehension: In this sub-section the type of question that you will come across in this section is similar to solving a comprehension passage excepting that you will have to critically analyze the passages in order to answer the questions. You will also have to understand the assumptions made by the author and then draw conclusions.
    2. Text Completion: Here the type of questions that you will have to solve is similar to fill in the blanks. But while solving these questions remember after filling in the blanks the entire passage must be coherent and make sense.
    3. Sentence Equivalence: Here you will come across sentences with a single blank. You will have to select 2 correct answers from 6 options. The 2 answers should be such that they are equivalent and hence when used they produce meaningful sentences.

    If you want to know more about this section then click on the following link:

    http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/verbal_reasoning/
  • Analytical Writing: In this section you will have to write 2 essays. In the first essay you will have to understand an 'issue' provided and analyze it. You will also receive instructions regarding how to react to the 'issue' given. You will then have to analyze it and write a coherent concise essay portraying your ideas. In the second essay you will have to argue for or against the motion ('argument' task) provided. You will also have to substantiate your view point with proper examples. This section will test not only your analytical skills but also your skills to use grammatically correct English to portray your thought processes. If you need more information regarding this section then click on the following link:
  • http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/analytical_writing/
  • Quantitative Reasoning: This is the Mathematics section of this exam. Here your knowledge in Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Data Analysis will be tested. However, the syllabus covered will be all that you have studied in your undergraduate years. Here you will have to analyze graphs, tables and pie charts in order to answer the questions. They are multiple choice type questions. Another type of question that you will come across in this section is where you will have to solve the question and enter the answer (which will be either an integer or a decimal) in the given blank. In the comparative questions you will have to analyze the relation between the 2 given components and then select the statement that best defines the relation between the components. This section is especially important for candidates seeking to major in Science subjects. If you need more information regarding this section of the examination then click on the following link:
http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/quantitative_reasoning/

The afore-mentioned list outlines the sections and the types of questions you will come across the exam. It is essential that you have thorough knowledge of the syllabus before you start preparing for it. The language section is important for students seeking to major in Arts and the Mathematics for Science. However, the exam is a holistic evaluation of a candidate's knowledge so you should give equal importance to all sections of the examination if you wish to score well. So gather all the information required and then start preparing for the test.








































































































































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