GRE

GRE, or Graduate Record Examination, is an admissions test for graduate programs (Master Degree) for Colleges and universities in the US and all around the world.  It is administered by the ETS (Education Testing Service). Originally, it has been the admissions test for most graduate programs (Master of science, Master of Arts, master of engineering master of management, etc) whereas GMAT is the admissions test for the MBA program. Nowadays however, more and more MBA programs are beginning to accept the GRE in lieu of the GMAT.

Similar to the GMAT, the GRE test is a computer adaptive test. However, instead of each individual question being adaptive like the GMAT,  the GRE’s  level of difficulty is adjusted section by section.  This means that if the test taker does well in a section, the next section will increase in its level of difficulty, resulting in a higher score range accordingly. 

The GRE test is divided into 3 parts - the analytical writing, the quantitative reasoning and the verbal reasoning.  Assessing GRE score varies from college to college and major to major.  But similar to the GMAT, most universities place a lot of emphasis on quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning sections.

Here is what a GRE exam may look like:

Section

Questions

Description

Time

Score

Analytical writing

2 Essays

Argumentative Essays 

60 mins

0-6.0

Quantitative reasoning 1

20 questions

Quantitative comparison Problem solving

Data Interpretation

35 mins

130-170

Quantitative reasoning 2

20 questions

Quantitative comparison Problem solving

Data Interpretation

35 mins

130-170

 

 

10 mins Break

 

 

Verbal reasoning 1

20 questions

6 Text completion

4 Sentence equivalence

10 reading comprehension

30 mins

130-170

Verbal reasoning 2

20 questions

6 Text completion

4 Sentence equivalence

10 reading comprehension 

30 mins

130-170

Experimental Section

20 questions

Can be either Maths or Verbal

30-35 mins

no score

                                                                                                       

The analytical section (the 2 essays) always comes first in the exam. Other subsequent sections for the rest of the exam may vary in their sequence.  There are always 2 quantitative sections and 2 verbal reasoning sections, nevertheless.  There is also an experimental section which will not be scored, and it may appear either in the quantitative reasoning or the verbal reasoning part. 

 

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