Understanding the GRE Exam Format and Scoring

Graduate Record Examination

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is a standardized test that is used by many graduate schools to assess the qualifications of applicants for graduate-level programs. The exam consists of three sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing.

The Verbal Reasoning section of the exam consists of two 30-minute sections, each containing 20 questions. The section tests the candidate’s ability to understand and analyze written material, and includes a range of question types, including reading comprehension, sentence equivalence, and text completion.

The Quantitative Reasoning section of the GRE consists of two 35-minutes long sessions, each consisting of 20 multiple choice items. This section tests the candidate’s ability to comprehend and analyze quantitative data, and includes a variety of question formats, including problem solving, statistical comparisons, and data analysis.

The Analytical Writing section of the exam consists of two 30-minute sections, each requiring the candidate to write an essay. The first task requires the candidate to analyze an argument, while the second task requires the candidate to analyze an issue.

The GRE exam is scored on a scale of 130-170. The exam is typically 3 hours and 45 minutes long, and is offered at various locations around the world.

The GRE exam also includes an experimental section, which is not scored. This section is used by the test makers to try out new questions and test formats, and is included in the exam to help improve the reliability and validity of the test. The experimental section can be any of the three sections of the exam (Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, or Analytical Writing), and is not identified as such to the candidates taking the exam. Candidates are advised to take the experimental section seriously, as it is not possible to determine which section is the experimental section during the exam.

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