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Revised GRE Test Information

Test Content, Question Types, Registration and More!


Revised GRE Test Information

Revised GRE Introduction

Both the Revised Graduate Record Examination General Test (Revised GRE) and the GRE Subject Tests are standardized assessments developed by ETS, a non-profit company with expertise in the area. They are used as a part of the admissions process for graduate schools across the country. ETS offers both paper-based and computer-based versions of the tests, so they fit the needs of students vying for graduate spots from New York to Hong Kong. The computer-based Revised GRE is offered everywhere in the U.S.

Revised GRE Basics (Computer-based)

  • Approximately 3 hours, 45 minutes
  • 3 content areas: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing
  • Can earn you between 130 – 170 points
  • Both a Research and Unscored section are administered

Revised GRE Registration

Registering for the GRE exam follows the same process as the GRE exam of the past. You can register online, by phone, or by mail. Obviously, you'll be paying certain registration fees for the exam, along with fees if you register late, change testing locations, test centers and more.

Revised GRE Content

Sadly, your complete undergraduate knowledge of keg-stand protocol won’t help you prepare for this baby. You’ll be tested in the areas listed below. Note: The Revised GRE Content is dramatically different from the prior GRE content. Check out a comparison between the Revised GRE and the prior GRE!

  • Verbal Reasoning: In a nutshell - Can you read? Can you identify complex relationships between words and concepts? Do you understand the different parts of a sentence? Can you put together an answer from a passage you’ve dissected? Let’s hope so.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: In a nutshell – How’s your algebra? Geometry? Arithmetic? Quantitative reasoning? If your skills are a little rusty since Algebra 101 in undergrad, you’d better brush up!
  • Analytical Writing: In a nutshell – How good are you at explaining what you mean? Can you clearly support your ideas with evidence, reasons, and examples? Can you creatively focus your ideas into a well-organized, carefully-spelled, and grammatically correct composition? This section accounts for one hour of the test, so you should prepare yourself accordingly.

Revised GRE Testing Structure and Timing

The sections and timing are different on the paper-based and computer-based tests. The paper test will keep you sweating for about three hours; the computer-based test runs around three hours, forty-five minutes. Most of you will be taking the computer-based exam, but in case you're signed up for paper-based, here's information for both exams. (In the U.S., the paper-based test is no longer even offered.)

Paper Based Test Breakdown

Revised Computer-Based GRE Breakdown

Revised GRE Scores

Since most of you will be taking the computer-based GRE, here's what you should know. You can earn anywhere between a 130 and a 170 in both the Verbal and Quantitative sections in 1-point increments, unlike the GRE of the past, where 200 – 800 in 10-point increments was the range. Analytical Writing will still earn you between a 0 and 6 in half-point increments. If you're interested in what the scores of the past would look like in the new format, then check out the articles below for concordance tables that link revised with prior scores.

How Revised GRE Scores Compare to Prior GRE Scores

What's a Good GRE Score?

GRE Subject Area Tests

The GRE General Test basically gauges your critical thinking and analytical skills. If a university needs to understand your knowledge of a particular subject, then they may require a subject test in one of these areas:

  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Check with your admissions counselor to be sure you’re taking the tests you need. You don’t want to be left out of your school of choice because of a GRE Test technicality. But by now, I’m sure you’re aware of this. You’ve made it this far, right?

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