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Paper-Based Revised GRE Exam Structure


The Paper-Based Revised GRE exam is different in structure and length from the GRE exam of the past. Since the GRE exam changed on August 1, 2011, it's important to know what the paper-based exam will look like if you're testing outside of the United States in a location where the computer-based GRE is not offered. Here's what the Revised GRE exam structure and length looks like on the Paper-based exam.


  • You will be provided with a calculator by ETS; you will not be allowed to use your own calculator.
  • You'll be placing your answers in a test booklet instead of another sheet of paper.
  • The overall testing time for the paper-based test is about 3 hours and 30 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the second section.

ETS's The Official Guide to the GRE Revised General Test Book Review

Section Number of Questions Time in Minutes
Analytical Writing 1 Issue Task 30
Analytical Writing 1 Argument Task 30
Verbal (2 sections) 25 per section 35 per section
Quantitative (2 sections) 25 per section 40 per section
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