Introduction to the GRE
The Graduate Record Examination General Test, or GRE*, is
designed to test fundamental verbal, mathematical and writing skills that a
student is expected to have assimilated in the course of his or her college
education. The vast majority of graduate programs require that prospective
students submit GRE* scores in order to be considered for admission.
The GRE* is been administered exclusively as a Computer
Adaptive Test, or CAT. The GRE* is taken on computer at special testing centers
located throughout the U.S. and around the world. The GRE* CAT consists of about
3 hours of multiple-choice testing.
Here's how the sections of the GRE* CAT break down.
- Verbal Section: 30 questions in 30 minutes
- Antonym Questions
- Analogy Questions
- Sentence Completion Questions
- Reading Comprehension Questions
- Quantitative (Math) Section: 28 questions in 45
- Quantitative Comparison Questions
- Problem Solving Questions
- Writing Assessments: 2 essays in 60 minutes
- Analysis of an Argument
- Analysis of an Issue
In addition, the GRE* includes one unscored experimental
section. This section is used by the test maker to try out questions for future
use. It could be a Verbal or Quantitative section. It will look exactly like a
scored section of the same type, so on test day don't spend time trying to
figure out which section is experimental.
The GRE* score report will contain a scaled score within a
range of 200-800 for the verbal and quantitative sections. In addition, you will
receive a score on a scale of 0 to 6 for the writing section. All scaled scores
will be accompanied by a corresponding percentile ranking. The percentile
rankings allow schools to quickly judge your performance relative to other test