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GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

GRE Test Structure

Total Computer Based Test (CBT) time is up to three hours 45 minutes, not including the research section. The directions at the beginning of each section specify the total number of questions in the section and the time allowed for the section. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.

The Verbal and Quantitative sections may appear in any order, including an unidentified unscored section. Treat each section presented during your test as if it counts.


Number of Questions


Analytical Writing 1 Issue Task* 30 minutes
Analytical Writing 1 Argument Task* 30 minutes
Verbal (2 sections) Approximately 20 questions per section 30 minutes for each section
Quantitative (2 sections) Approximately 20 questions per section ~35 minutes for each section
Unscored** Varies Varies
Research*** Varies Varies
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* For the Issue task, two essay topics are presented and you choose one. The Argument task does not present a choice of topics; instead, one topic is presented.
** An unidentified unscored section may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. It is not counted as part of your score.
*** An identified research section that is not scored may be included, and it is always at the end of the test.
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GRE Scoring

Measure Scores Reported
Verbal Reasoning 130 - 170, in 1 point increments
Quantitative Reasoning 130 - 170, in 1 point increments
Analytical Writing 0 - 6, in half point increments

Some Facts
Note: Work hard in GRE Quantitative. Work on Permutation/combination, probability, mean/median/mode... etc.

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