GRE® General Test Content and Structure
The GRE® General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you'll do - and the skills you need to succeed - in today's demanding graduate and business school programs. The test-taker friendly design lets you skip questions within a section, go back and change answers and have the flexibility to choose which questions within a section you want to answer first.
The GRE General Test measures your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills - skills that have been developed over a long period of time and are not related to a specific field of study but are important for all.
Here's a look at content covered in the three test sections -
• Verbal Reasoning,
• Quantitative Reasoning and
• Analytical Writing.
The Verbal Reasoning section measures your ability to:
• analyze and draw conclusions from discourse; reason from incomplete data; identify author's assumptions and/or perspective; understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author's intent
• select important points; distinguish major from minor or relevant points; summarize text; · understand the structure of a text
• understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts; understand relationships among words and among concepts
The Quantitative Reasoning sectio n measures your ability to:
• understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information
• solve problems using mathematical models
• apply basic skills and elementary concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis The Quantitative Reasoning section includes an on-screen calculator.
The Analytical Writing section measures your ability to:
• articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
• support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
• examine claims and accompanying evidence
• sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
• control the elements of standard written English
The Analytical Writing section requires you to provide focused responses based on the tasks presented, so you can accurately demonstrate your skill in directly responding to a task.
The overall testing time for the computer-delivered GRE® General Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.