GRE General Test

GRE General Test- A Brief Overview

The GRE is conducted by ETS. This exam is of two types, the General Test and the Subject Tests. The General Test is taken by the students who want to apply to graduate schools for higher studies. There are two versions of this test, a computer-based and a paper-based test. For the computer-based version of the test, you will be allotted approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes. There are a total of six sections, with each section being allotted different amounts of time. You will be allowed to take a break for ten minutes after the third section. The paper-based version is conducted in a similar manner, but the total time allotted is approximately 15 minutes less than that for the other version.

The sections of the General Test are described as follows:

1. Analytical Writing Section:

This section is composed of two tasks. In the 'Analyze an Issue Task', a topic will be given to you. This topic will be capable of being discussed from different angles and points of view. The questions of this section will require you to read and understand the given topic and present logical and sound points of view on that issue. The second task in this section is the 'Analyze an Argument Task'. An argument will be given to you, which you must analyze and evaluate. Each of these tasks is allotted 30 minutes.

2. Verbal Reasoning Section:

This section has three types of questions. These are the Reading Comprehension, Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence questions. The total number of questions asked is around 40 to 50. The total time allowed for the completion of this section is an hour to an hour and ten minutes, depending on which version of the test you are taking.

The Reading Comprehension questions are based on a passage that will be given to you. The actual questions are of different types, such as multiple-choice with one correct answer, multiple-choice with more than one correct answer and Select-in-Passage questions. The last requires you to identify a sentence within a passage, the meaning of which will be given to you.

In the Text Completion questions, you will have to 'fill in the blanks' in a given text passage. There will be multiple options and one correct answer. In the Sentence Equivalence questions, there will be multiple options and two correct answers. To score points, you will have to select both the correct options.

3. Quantitative Reasoning Section:

This is further composed of two sections, each consisting of 20 to 25 questions each, with 35 to 40 minutes time for each section, for the computer-based and the paper-based versions of the test, respectively. This part of the General Test has four types of questions. There are multiple-choice questions with one correct answer and multiple-choice questions with one or more correct answers. The numeric entry questions will have answers in the form of numbers, which are to be calculated by you. You will not be provided choices for this type of question. The fourth type of question is the quantitative comparison question. The last type consists of data interpretation tests. In this, numeric data in the form of graphs or tables will be given and based on that data, questions will be asked.

4. In the computer-based version of this test, the last two sections consist of an unscored and a research section. These sections may or may not be included in the test. The time allotted to these two sections is variable. These two sections do not contribute to your score.

To begin preparation for the test, it is important that you read about its sections and question types. Only when you understand what you can expect on the day of the test, will you be able to perform well. To read sample questions of the General Test, visit the official website,