Understanding The GRE

From Where Can You Get Information about GRE?

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The GRE scores are considered for admissions to various colleges and universities worldwide. This test is administered in two formats, one is a Computer-based Test and the other is a Paper-based Test. The Paper-based GRE is administered in the testing locations where there are no adequate computing facilities for conducting the Computer-based Test.

Where to Get GRE Information?

The ETS owns, publishes, designs and administers the GRE test. The ETS runs an official GRE website: http://www.ets.org/gre/. This official website is the place where one can get all the information that they need to know. This website contains all details, like the eligibility criteria to take the test, test content and structuring, question types, preparation support, registration information, ways to obtain the scores etc. One who wishes to take the test can register for the test either online or off line. Online registrations can be made directly from the official website. Apart from the above-mentioned information, one can know about the GRE Subject Tests, practice some sample questions to understand the question types better and view the score analyzes to understand the competition that you will have to face. One should report their scores for colleges officially through ETS. Refer to this link to find more information about score reporting: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/scores/send/

Further, you can learn additional details, such as testing dates, registration modes and obtain your scores once they will be released. You can also know about the scholarship programs, avail fee waiver services provided that you are eligible. You can also purchase official preparation books and study materials at this website.

GRE Test Structure

GRE comprises three sections and assesses a multitude of abilities of the test takers. The three sections of GRE are:

  • Analytical Writing
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning section of the test is further divided into two sub-sections. The Verbal Reasoning section of the Computer-based Test lasts for 30 minutes and consists of 20 questions per section. The Paper-based Verbal section lasts for 35 minutes and consists of 25 questions per section. The Quantitative Reasoning section of the GRE is also divided into two sub-sections. The Computer-based Quantitative Reasoning section lasts for 35 minutes and has 20 questions per section. The Paper-based Quantitative section lasts for 40 minutes and consists of 25 questions per section. The Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections are scored on a scale of 130 to 170 in one point increments. The Analytical Writing section is scored on a scale of 0-6 in half point increments and the test structure is same for both the Computer-based Test and the Paper-based Test. Moreover, both the test formats, Computer-based Test and the Paper-based Test consist of same question types throughout all the sections.

Typically, the test extends for a total time of two hours and fifteen minutes. The Analytical Writing section for both the test formats extends for a total time of one hour. For detailed information on test structure of the Computer-based Test, refer to: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/content/cbt/. To understand the test structure of the Paper-based Test, refer to: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/content/pbt/

GRE Question Types

  • The information mentioned below presents to you the information pertaining to the types of questions in writing that will be two tasks, each of which needs to be responded by presenting an essay. You will get 30 minutes to write each essay. The tasks are 'Issue task' and an 'Argument task'.
  • The Verbal section consists of three types of questions - Reading Comprehension, Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence questions. This section contains only multiple-choice questions. The reading comprehension questions are based upon passages or texts, text completion questions involve filling the blanks with appropriate phrases and sentence equivalence questions deal with vocabulary.
  • The Quantitative Reasoning section consists of four question types - multiple choice questions wherein you will have to select either one or more than one answer choices, quantitative comparison questions and numeric entry solving problems which are largely based upon mathematical concepts.

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