What you Need to Know About the GRE

Are you taking the GRE soon but aren’t sure how to start studying? Any big test can be a daunting task to undertake. That’s why we’re here! This blog will address basic information about the test so that you have a better understanding and can focus your study.

What is the GRE?

The GRE is the most widely accepted admissions test for graduate school. The computer-delivered test is about 3 hours and 45 minutes in length and contains three sections:

  • analytical writing
  • verbal reasoning
  • quantitative reasoning

The computer-based test allows you to preview, edit, and review questions and even change answers within the same section. Additionally, it is available at many locations on a continuous basis. These features make the computer-based test much more popular than the paper test.

Test Section Length and Time Limits

The analytical writing section consists of two timed writing tasks that are each 30 minutes in length.

The verbal reasoning section consists of two 30-minute sections containing 20 questions each.

The quantitative reasoning section is made up of two 35-minute sections consisting of 20 questions per section.

There may also be an unidentified section or a research section on the test, but neither of these will be scored. The paper test is similar but has more time alloted for more questions in the first two sections.

Test Registration and Procedures

Test registration and test day procedures are strict and specific. Be sure to read directions carefully when registering for the test and pay attention to cancellation or rescheduling guidelines. Moreover, pay attention to test day procedures. You need to make sure you know where your testing location is, what forms of identification you will need, and what you can or cannot bring to the testing center with you. Follow all the guidelines and procedures to ensure a successful testing experience!

GRE Scores

Finally, your scores will automatically be sent to your designated schools. You also have the ability to send your scores to other organizations once the official score report is available. If you take the computer test, an unofficial score report will be immediately available for the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections but not for the analytical reasoning. Official score reports are sent out between 10 and 15 days after the test.

Hopefully, this gives you a better idea of what the GRE entails. Now you can get registered and start studying!

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