What to Expect

Computer-delivered GRE® revised General Test

The overall testing time for the computer-delivered GRE® revised General Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections, one of which is an unidentified/unscored section. The Analytical Writing section will always be first. The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and unidentified/unscored sections may appear in any order; therefore, you should treat each section as if it counts toward your score. An identified research section that is not scored may be included in place of the unscored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test.

Analytical Writing

On the Analytical Writing sections, you will have two separately timed writing tasks. The two writing tasks are delivered on the computer, and you must type your essay responses.

The testing software uses an elementary word processor developed by ETS so that test takers familiar with a specific commercial word-processing software do not have an advantage or disadvantage. The software contains the following functionalities: inserting text, deleting text, cut and paste, undoing the previous action and scrolling.

Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning Sections

The questions in the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures have a variety of formats. Some require you to select a single answer choice; others require you to select one or more answer choices, and yet others require you to enter a numeric answer. Make sure when answering a question that you understand what response is required. The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures are section-level adaptive. The computer selects the second section of a measure based on your performance on the first section. An on-screen calculator will be provided at the test center for use during the Quantitative Reasoning sections.

In the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections, you are free to skip questions that you might have difficulty answering. The testing software has "mark" and "review" features that enable you to mark questions you would like to revisit during the time provided to work on that section. The testing software also lets you view a complete list of all the questions in the section on which you are working, indicates whether you have answered each question and identifies the questions you have marked for review.

Your Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores will be determined by the number of questions you answer correctly. Nothing is subtracted from a score if you answer a question incorrectly. Therefore, to maximize your scores, it is best to answer every question.

Paper-delivered GRE revised General Test

The paper-delivered GRE revised General Test is a linear test with a total testing time of approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes. The test contains six sections. Unlike the previous paper-delivered GRE General Test, which used separate answer sheets, the paper-delivered GRE revised General Test is self-contained; you will enter all responses for the Analytical Writing tasks and the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections in the test book itself. You will be provided with a basic handheld calculator for use during the Quantitative Reasoning section.

Analytical Writing

On the Analytical Writing sections, the two separately timed writing tasks will be presented in the test book. You will handwrite your essay responses in the test book in the space provided.

Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning Sections

The questions in the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures have a variety of formats. Some require you to select a single answer choice; others require you to select one or more answer choices, and yet others require you to enter a numeric answer. A basic handheld calculator will be provided at the test center for use during the Quantitative Reasoning sections.

In the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections, you are free to skip questions that you might have difficulty answering and come back to them later during the time provided to work on that section. Also during that time you may change the answer to any question in that section by erasing it completely and filling in an alternative answer.

Your Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores will be determined by the number of questions you answer correctly. Nothing is subtracted from a score if you answer a question incorrectly. Therefore, to maximize your scores, it is best to answer every question.

Reporting Suspicious Behavior

ETS takes test security very seriously. Although tests are administered under strict supervision and security measures, testing irregularities may sometimes occur. Please contact ETS as soon as possible to report any observed irregular behavior — for example, someone copying from another test taker, taking a test for someone else, having access to test questions before the exam, or using notes or unauthorized aids. All information will be held in strictest confidence. Reports of cheating will be investigated thoroughly and offenders may be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Email:
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1-800-353-8570 (United States only)
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