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A Shorter GRE® Test:
Demonstrate Your Readiness for Graduate or Business School in Half the Time

NEW: A free, timed practice test for the shorter GRE is now available. Get “POWERPREP® Online — Practice Test 1 for the Shorter GRE” now.

The world’s most widely used test for admission to graduate and professional programs, including business and law, is getting better! On September 22, 2023, the GRE® General Test will be shortened from just under 4 hours to just under 2, and will report scores faster, helping you submit your applications sooner!

The shorter test will:

  • Be less than 2 hours long, making it the shortest test of general skills for admission to graduate and professional programs (shorter than GMAT® exam, the GMAT Focus and the LSAT®)!
  • Have 46 fewer Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning questions, helping reduce test-taking fatigue!
  • Have only one Analytical Writing essay (versus two in the current version)!
  • Measure the same skills and feature the same question types, so if you’ve already started prepping, you’re in GREat shape!

Test overview

Here’s what to expect for tests starting September 22, 2023.


Section Structure Estimated Timing
Analytical Writing 1 section, 1 essay task 30 minutes
Quantitative Reasoning 2 sections, 27 questions total 47 minutes
Verbal Reasoning 2 sections, 27 questions total

41 minutes

Total Time 1 hour, 58 minutes


GRE discounts available now

In celebration of our move to the shorter test, we’re offering the following discounts:

  • $60 off test registration using code GRE602023 through Sept. 20
  • $50 off a retest using code GRE502023 through Dec. 31
  • Students in India should use codes INDTEST2023 for ₹4777 off test registration through Sept. 20, and INDRETEST2023 for ₹3822 off a retest through Dec. 31.

Learn more about the deals and review the full terms and conditions at

Prep with confidence

One free, time practice test, “POWERPREP® Online — Practice Test 1 for the Shorter GRE,” is available now. More materials specifically designed for the shorter test will be available in the coming weeks. To be notified when these materials are available, sign up.

In the meantime, as all GRE General Test question types will remain the same except for the removal of the “Analyze an Argument” task from the Analytical Writing section, you can use existing free and low-cost prep materials. You can also attend our free, monthly prep webinar.


Scheduling a test

To register, follow the normal registration process, outlined in the GRE® Information Bulletin (PDF). Registration for the shorter test is open now; simply choose a test date on or after September 22, 2023.

Frequently asked questions

Want to better understand how the shorter GRE will compare to the current test? Want to switch your test date to on or after September 22? Find answers to these questions and more.