Know the Different Sections of GRE Exam [ GRE Updates ]


When preparing for GRE, you must know about every section of the paper and what is that is expected out of them. There may be a difference in the way you perceive a section to be like and actually how it is. Read the following article to know more about the various section of the graduate record examination (GRE).

Getting to Know the GRE!

The computer based test, GRE is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and takes place in number of countries around the world. GRE is taken by students who are seeking admissions to universities in the United States.

The GRE has question types that will judge you on the kind of thinking you do and will examine you weather you have the skills that are required to succeed in today’s scenario where the business schools have become all the more demanding.

GRE Examination Structure

GRE Examination Structure

Knowing About GRE Exam

The time of the test is about three hours and forty five minutes.

The structure is test taker friendly and lets you skip the questions at a moment and then return back in the end if you wish to devote some time on it. It also enables you to change answer and is flexible enough as it lets you decide which questions to answer first. Let us talk about the structure of each of these sections so that it is easier for you to prepare and score in each of these sections.

Section 1: Analytical Writing

The section is designed in order to test your ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively, examine claims and evidence, control the elements of standard written English, sustain a coherent and well-focused discussion and support ideas with relevant examples. This section expects you to deliver focused responses that are based on presented tasks. This relevantly showcases your ability to respond to the given task.

This section has two separately timed tasks namely The Issue and the Argument that are to be delivered with essay type responses.

How it Works? The ETS has developed an elementary word processor that keeps each test taker at a neutral level and does not allow any of the test takers to be at an advantage. The test taking software comprises of the following functionalities:

  • Inserting and Deleting Text
  • Cut and Paste Options
  • Scrolling
  • Undoing Previous Actions

Section 2: Verbal Reasoning

This section comprises of three types of questions that are designed to test the ability of a candidate to draw conclusions from dissertation, classify writer’s assumptions, give reasons from incomplete data and understand multiple levels of meanings

It also judges a test taker on the ability to select points that are important, summarizing and understanding the structure of the test and also identifies if the test taker has the ability to understand the structure of the text.

It also tests the candidate on understanding the meaning of words and sentences and to understand the relationship among words and concepts. Often this section of GRE is considered as the test for vocabulary but that is not the case. The sections demand reading and reasoning skills along with a strong vocabulary.

Section 3: Quantitative Reasoning

This section of GRE is structured to measure a number of abilities that the test taker might have. Some of them include:

GRE Quantitative Reasoning

GRE Quantitative Reasoning

Measuring Numerical Ability for GRE

Talking about the different sections and now you know what the sections majorly contain, you should also know some handy tips that help you score well in the GRE exam. So here they go:

Handy Tips to Score Well in GRE

Clear High School Concepts

The quantitative section of the GRE majorly include concepts from mathematics learnt in high school. So it is necessary to get all the concepts cleared in order to successfully clear the exam.

Revise Vocabulary as much as Possible

To get a hang of the vocabulary that is tested, get used to reading dictionary at night, just before you go to sleep. Read as much as possible to expand your vocabulary and successfully score in the verbal section of GRE.

Enrol yourself for a Prep Course

It takes as much a minimum of 4 weeks and maximum of 12 weeks in a prep course that prepares you for the exam. If you can afford it do take these classes as they give you a hang of GRE before the actual exam.

Practice! Practice! Practice!

The best and the most effective way of preparing for any exam is practice. Practice as many sample papers as you can so that you are able to judge your time and work on it if that is a problem. Also, it gives you an idea of question types and how much time is to be devoted for one question.

The Concluding Word!

GRE happens every 21 days and you can appear five times in a year. So do not worry if you are unhappy with your score at the first go. Try again with more hard and smart work so that you get your desired score.

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- Published/Last Modified on: April 16, 2015