GRE: Test Sections

Analytical Writing

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. Total Score, which can be obtained for 2 essays, is between 0-6, averaged among the readers.

This section comprises of 2 essays.

  1. Issue Essay – 30 Minutes

    A general topic is provided to you and you have to address the issue from any perspective, whether in favor or against. You need to provide relevant reasons and examples to support your perspective.

  2. Argument Essay – 30 Minutes

    Here, you need to critique the essay by discussing how well reasoned you find it. You need to evaluate the logical soundness of the argument.

Quantitative Reasoning

There are 2 Quant sections. Each section contains 20 questions and allowed time is 35 minutes per section with Max Score 170.

Includes following question types.

  1. Multiple-choice questions - Select one answer choice

    These questions are multiple-choice questions that ask you to select only one answer choice from a list of five choices.

  2. Multiple-choice questions - Select one or more choices

    Questions of this type are multiple-choice questions that ask you to select one or more answer choices from a list of given choices. A question may or may not specify the number of choices to select.

  3. Numeric entry questions

    These type of questions ask you either to enter the answer as an integer or a decimal in a single answer box or to enter it as a fraction in two separate boxes - one for the numerator and one for the denominator.

  4. Quantitative comparison questions

    Questions of this type ask you to compare two quantities - Quantity A and Quantity B - and then determine which of four given statements describes the comparison.

  5. Data interpretation

    Data Interpretation questions are grouped together and refer to the same table, graph or other data presentation. These questions ask you to interpret or analyze the given data. The types of questions may be Multiple-choice (both types) or Numeric Entry.

Verbal Reasoning

There are 2 Verbal sections. Each section contains 20 Questions and allowed time is 30 minutes with Max Score 170.

GRE Verbal includes following question types:

  1. Sentence Equivalence

    Sentence Equivalence questions consist of a single sentence, one blank, and six answer choices. These questions require you to select two of the answer choices. You receive no credit for partially correct answers.

  2. Text Completion

    Text Completion questions include a passage composed of one to five sentences with one to three blanks. There are three answer choices per blank, or five answer choices if there is a single blank. There is a single correct answer, consisting of one choice for each blank. You receive no credit for partially correct answers.

  3. Reading Comprehension

    There are three types of Reading Comprehension questions:

    • Multiple-choice Questions - Select One Answer Choice

      These are the traditional multiple-choice questions with five answer choices of which you must select one.

    • Multiple-choice Questions - Select One or More Answer Choices

      These provide three answer choices and ask you to select all that are correct; one, two or all three of the answer choices may be correct. To gain credit for these questions, you must select all the correct answers, and only those; there is no credit for partially correct answers.

    • Select-in Passage

      The question asks you to click on the sentence in the passage that meets a certain description. To answer the question, you choose one of the sentences and click on it; clicking anywhere on a sentence will highlight it.

    Reading comprehension passages are drawn from the physical sciences, the biological sciences, the social sciences, the arts and humanities, and everyday topics, and are based on material found in books and periodicals, both academic and nonacademic. The passages range in length from one paragraph to four or five paragraphs.


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