The GRE test is required in most universities worldwide as an entrance test for graduate studies in almost every area of study. The GRE is a computer-adaptive test. It contains three sections: Analytical Writing, Math and Verbal. The test is written in English.
The Verbal tests vocabulary, verbal reasoning skills, and the ability to read with understanding and insight. Question types include analogies, sentence completion, antonyms, and reading comprehension.
This section takes 30 minutes.
The Quantitative section tests basic mathematical skills, the ability to understand mathematical concepts, and quantitative reasoning skills. Question types include problem solving, quantitative comparison, and graph problems.
This section takes 45 minutes.
The Analytical Writing section tests your ability to understand and analyze arguments and to understand and draw logical conclusions. Question types include logical reasoning and logic games.
This section takes 60 minutes.
At the start of each section, you are presented with test questions of average difficulty. Based on your responses, you will be presented with questions of increasing difficulty, if you answer correctly. Otherwise, you will be presented with questions of lesser difficulty. As you go along, the next question will always be one that reflects both your previous performance and the test design.
Your score depends on several things.
- The number of questions you managed to answer in the given time.
- How you performed on the questions you answered
- The difficulty level of the questions answered.
You receive a scaled score from 200 to 800 on each of the three scored sections.
In addition to the three scored sections, there may be an “experimental” section. This will look exactly like one of the scored sections, but does not count toward your score. This section is used to pre-test the questions that will show up on the scored sections of future GREs. It looks just like one of the scored sections, however, so you won’t be able to identify it.
There is sometimes a research section in the test, which is optional. This section also does not count towards your score.