NOTE: EducationPlanner provides information about the new GRE revised General Test, which replaces the GRE General Test in August 2011. If you are already registered for the GRE General Test or have questions about your GRE General Test scores, please visit ETS.org.
The GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) test is a national standardized test for students interested in pursuing a graduate or business degree.
This 3 hour and 45 minute test covers the following:
- Analytical Writing
- Verbal Reasoning
- Quantitative Reasoning
Most test questions are multiple choice, although the writing section involves two essays.
The GRE test is administered online. However, a paper-based GRE test is still available in areas of the world that do not have computer access.
Check for GRE study materials at your local library or bookstore. Here are some other ways to prepare:
- Download the free POWERPREP II® Software: Preparation for the Computer-based GRE® revised General Test.
- Review GRE practice questions:
Think you're ready for the real thing?
Scores to Aim For
Your GRE revised General Test uses a different scoring system than the GRE General Test. The new scoring is as follows:
- Analytical Writing—0 to 6 (in half-point increments)
- Verbal Reasoning—130 to 170 (in 1-point increments)
- Quantitative Reasoning—130 to 170 (in 1-point increments)
What if you want a higher score?
You can take the GRE test as many times as you would like. Scores are valid for only 5 years.
Want to Know More?
- Visit the GRE website for full details.
- Be prepared on test day. Use this checklist to make sure you have everything you need.
- There's no need to be stressed. Follow these test-taking tips.
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