The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most graduate schools in the United States. Created and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in 1949, the exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not entirely based on any specific field of study outside of the GRE itself. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based exam administered at Prometric testing centers.In the graduate school admissions process, the level of emphasis that is placed upon GRE scores varies widely between schools and between departments within schools. The importance of a GRE score can range from being a mere admission formality to an important selection factor.
The GRE was significantly overhauled in August 2011, resulting in an exam that is not adaptive on a question-by-question basis, but rather by section, so that the performance on the first verbal and math sections determine the difficulty of the second sections presented. Overall, the test retained the sections and many of the question types from its predecessor, but the scoring scale was changed to a 130 to 170 scale (from a 200 to 800 scale).The GRE Test is available in two formats. They are: Computer-based test and Paper-based test. You can choose the format you wish to sit for the time of Registration. The GRE Test pattern 2016 of both the formats are quite similar. GRE is available in the computer-based format in India. According to ETS, candidates can take the online GRE revised General Test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period. The test pattern of GRE 2016 in both the formats vary along with the syllabus.
In all cases the Analytical Writing section is the first section of the exam, followed by a 10 minute break. After the break, there are 6 sections: two verbal, two math, an unscored section, and a research section. The research section is always the last section, while the other sections can appear in any order. Therefore, you won’t be able to tell which section is unscored, so you must be sure to do your best on all sections:
|Analytic Writing||2 essays, 30 minutes each The writing section of the GRE is meant to measure your analytical reasoning, organization, and analysis skills. The two essays include an issue essay and an argument essay. There are no right or wrong answers to the essay questions, and the essays will be read and scored by 2 (and possibly 3) readers. For more information about the essay section, and for writing tips, go to the essay tutorial section.|
|Verbal Reasoning||Two sections each with 20 questions, 30 minutes for each section Each section includes a mix of reading comprehension question, text completion, and sentence equivalence questions. Reading comprehension questions are either single answer, multiple answers, in passage, while text completion questions will have either one, two, or three blanks. For more information on each of these question types, please see that tutorial section.|
|Quantitative Reasoning||Two sections each with 20 questions, 35 minutes for each section Each quantitative reasoning section (also common called the “Math GRE sections”) contains a mix of multiple choice, quantitative analysis, and user input questions. For more information about the quantitative reasoning questions, proceed to the appropriate tutorial.|
|Unscored Section*||An experimental section that will either be a math or a verbal section may also be included on the exam. You will know if you were given a math or verbal experimental section because you will have two of those sections during the test, but you won’t know which of two identical sections will be experimental. The experimental section does not count toward your score, and is used by ETS to try out new questions for possible use in future exams.|