GRE stands for Graduate Record Examination. It is your gateway to graduate programs and business schools across the world. Prospective graduate and business school applicants from all around the world who are interested in pursuing a master’s, MBA, specialized master’s in business or doctoral degree take the GRE General Test. The GRE General Test, created and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing skills. If you plan to pursue an MS, MEM (Masters in Engineering Management) or MFE (Masters in Financial Engineering), then GRE is a qualifying test that you will need to take.

The total testing time for the revised GRE® test is around 3 hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.

One Analytical Writing section with two separately timed writing tasks

  1. Two Verbal Reasoning sections.
  2. Two Quantitative Reasoning sections.
  3. One unscored section, typically a Verbal Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning section, that may appear at any point in the test.
Section Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing (1 section with 2 separately timed tasks) 1 “Analyse an Issue” task and 30 minutes per task
1 “Analyse an Argument” task
Verbal Reasoning (2 sections) Approximately 20 questions per section 30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning (2 sections) Approximately 20 questions per section 35 minutes per section
Unscored* Varies Varies
Research** Varies Varies

The test features a score scale that reports the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments.*An unidentified unscored section that does not count towards a score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section.

**An identified research section may be included in place of the unscored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test. Questions in this section are included for the purpose of ETS research and will not count towards the test taker’s score.

There is a 10-minute break following the third section, and a 1-minute break between the other test sections.


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