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GRE Exam Pattern

One of the most sought after international standardized test for admission to undergraduate programmes offered by English Speaking Universities and other undergraduate schools across the globe. Almost all the graduate schools in US and other major nations require this ace exam result as a part of their admission process.

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Unlike other standardized tests of the same genre, such as SAT, LSAT & MCAT, the use and weight of GRE Scores vary considerably from school to school and also among the departments of school. The 3h45m boss examination is conducted to test candidates’ aptitude in verbal, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing.

GRE Exam Pattern is designed to help the graduate schools, universities and the students to choose what suits them best.

GRE Exam Pattern & Highlights

The exam is conducted multiple times a year as a computer based test and also in pen paper mode. GRE Exam Pattern aims to measure candidates’ analytical & quantitative aptitude along with knowledge of verbal reasoning. Created and administered by Educational Testing Services, ETS in 1949, The exam is very well renowned for its credibility and authenticity.

GRE Exam Pattern consists of following sections

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Analytical Writing

Costing USD205, the test sure proves its worth. A gateway to the most prestigious institutions across the globe, the level of emphasis placed upon the GRE Scores varies widely between schools and between departments of within schools.

To stay updated with the current pattern the latest changes associated with the test elements, ETS Regularly changes GRE Exam Pattern. Most Recent changes in the GRE Exam Pattern was successfully carried out in 2011 and the pattern has been followed since. The scoring was changed to the scale of 130 to 170 from the previous scale of 200 to 800.

Take a look at the Key Information about Graduate Record Examination, GRE Exam Pattern

Exam ModeComputer Based Test(CBT)Paper Based Test(PBT)
Total Sections33
Total Time3h 45m3h 45m
Score Validity5 yrs
Mode Of PaperEnglish
Exam FrequencyMultiple Times a year3 times a year(Oct, Nov & Feb)
Verbal Questions20(35 minutes)25(35 minutes)
Quantitative Reasoning20(30 minutes)25(40 minutes)
Analytical WritingAnalyze the Issue30 minutes30 minutes
Analyze the Arguement30 minutes30 minutes

Verbal Reasoning

The computer based verbal section assess reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and vocabulary usage. Each verbal section comprises of 20 questions to be completed in 30 minutes. The total questions are so divided as 6 questions in text completion, 4 sentence equivalence, & 10 critical reading questions.

The GRE Exam Pattern of Analytical Reasoning expects following from the student

  • understand and visualize conclusions from the course; deduce from incomplete data; identify author's assumptions and/or perspective; understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author's intent.
  • Pick out major points; distinguish important from non important or relevant points; summarize text; understand the structure of a text
  • understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts; understand relation among words and among concepts

The pattern changed in 2011 when the conducting committee reduced its emphasis on the rote vocabulary knowledge and elimination of antonyms, synonyms, & analogies. The test is always updated with the current pattern of international English. Recently, the sentence completion items were replaced by text completion and New reading questions type allowing for section of multiple answers were added.

Exam ModeCBTPBT
Total Sections22
Total Questions per section2025
Total Time per section3035
Text Completion Questions per section66-8
Sentence Equivalence Questions per section44-6
Critical Reading Questions per section1010-12

Quantitative Reasoning

The section of quantitative reasoning tests basic high school level mathematical knowledge and reasoning skills. The section is scored on a scale of 130-170. Previously the section was scored on the scale of 200-800 with 10 point increments but the pattern changed in 2011. The section consist of 20 questions to be completed in 35 minutes. The sections are consisting of 8 quantitative comparisons, 9 problem solving items and 3 data interpretation questions.

The GRE Exam Pattern of Quantitative Reasoning expects following from the student

  • understand, translate and analyze quantitative information
  • solve problems using mathematical models
  • apply basic skills and elementary concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis

The changes in 2011 included the addition of numeric entry items requiring the examinee to fill in a blank and multiple choice items requiring the examinee to select multiple correct responses.

Exam ModeComputer Based TestPaper Based Test
Total sections22
Total questions per section2025
Total Time per section3540
Quantitative Comparison88-10
Problem Solving99-11
Data Interpretation33-5
Calculator ProvidedYesYes

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Analytical Writing

The analytical writing of GRE Exam Pattern consists of two different essays, an "issue task" and an "argument task". The writing section is graded on a scale of 0–6, in half-point increments. The essays are written on a computer using a word processing program specifically designed by ETS.

The GRE Exam Pattern of Analytical Writing expects following from the test takers

  • articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
  • support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
  • examine claims and accompanying evidence
  • sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
  • control the elements of standard written English

The program allows only basic computer functions and does not contain a spell-checker or other advanced features. Each essay is scored by at least two readers on a six-point holist scale. If the two scores are within one point, the average of the scores is taken. If the two scores differ by more than a point, a third reader examines the response.

Total Questions/ Tasks2
Total Time per Task30

FAQs

Yes, we know- There must be a lot of doubts associated with the GRE Exam Pattern, and it’s alright. List of frequently asked questions are added below and trust us, your query will be almost same (if not completely) with one of these questions. Best of Luck for GRE.

Ques. How is the test administered?

Ans. The computer-delivered test is offered year round at Prometric test centers, and also offered on specific dates at additional testing locations outside of the Prometric test center network.

In areas of the world where the computer-delivered test is not available, a paper-delivered test is administered up to three times per year (October 8, 2016, November 5, 2016, and February 4, 2017).

Ques. How long is the test?

Ans. The total testing time for the computer-delivered test is around three hours and 45 minutes, plus short breaks.

Ques. Can I use a calculator on the test?

Ans. The computer-delivered GRE General Test includes an on-screen calculator for use in the Quantitative Reasoning section to reduce the emphasis on computation and to focus more attention on reasoning skills. The calculator has four functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and a square root.

For paper-delivered tests, calculators are provided at the test center for use during the test. You may not bring your own calculator.

Ques. For multiple answer questions, if I get any of the answers correct, do I receive partial credit?

Ans. For the questions with multiple answers, all of the selections made must be correct in order to receive credit for answering the question correctly.

Ques. How are the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections scored?

Ans.Computer-delivered Test:

The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures are section-level adaptive. This means the computer selects the second section of a measure based on the performance on the first section. Within each section, all questions contribute equally to the final score. For each of the two measures, a raw score is computed. The raw score is the number of questions answered correctly.

The raw score is converted to a scaled score through a process known as equating. The equating process accounts for minor variations in difficulty among the different test editions as well as differences in difficulty among individuals' tests introduced by the section-level adaptation. Thus a given scaled score of a particular measure reflects the same level of performance regardless of which section was selected and when the test was taken.

Paper-delivered Test:

Scoring of the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the paper-delivered General Test is a two-step process:

First, a raw score is computed. The raw score is the number of questions the test taker answered correctly.

The raw score is then converted to a scaled score through a process known as equating. Equating accounts for differences in difficulty among the different test editions. Thus, a given scaled score for a particular measure reflects the same level of ability regardless of the edition of the test that was taken.

Ques. How is the Analytical Writing section scored?

Ans.Computer-delivered Test:

For the computer-delivered test, each essay receives a score from at least one trained reader, using a six-point holistic scale. In holistic scoring, readers are trained to assign scores on the basis of the overall quality of an essay in response to the assigned task. The essay score is then scored by e-rater, a computerized program developed by ETS that is capable of identifying essay features related to writing proficiency. If the human and e-rater scores closely agree, the average of the two scores is used as the final score. If they disagree, a second human score is obtained, and the final score is the average of the two human scores.

The final scores on the two essays are then averaged and rounded to the nearest half-point interval on the 0–6 score scale. A single score is reported for the Analytical Writing measure. The primary emphasis in scoring the Analytical Writing section is on your critical thinking and analytical writing skills rather than on grammar and mechanics.

Paper-delivered Test:

For the paper-delivered test each essay receives a score from two trained readers using a six-point holistic scale. In holistic scoring, readers are trained to assign scores on the basis of the overall quality of an essay in response to the assigned task. If the two scores differ by more than one point on the scale, the discrepancy is adjudicated by a third GRE reader. Otherwise, the two scores on each essay are averaged.

The final scores on the two essays are then averaged and rounded to the nearest half-point interval on the 0–6 score scale. A single score is reported for the Analytical Writing measure. The primary emphasis in scoring the Analytical Writing section is on critical thinking and analytical writing skills rather than on grammar and mechanics.

Ques. How long are GRE scores valid?

Ans. For individuals testing on or after July 1, 2016, GRE test scores are valid for five years after your test administration date. For example, scores for a test taken on July 3, 2016, are reportable through July 2, 2021.

For individuals who tested between August 1, 2011, and June 30, 2016, GRE test scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested (as indicated in the GRE Information and Registration Bulletin from that testing year). For example, scores for a test taken on May 15, 2015, are reportable through June 30, 2020.

GRE scores earned in July 2011 are reportable until July 31, 2016.

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