The GRE ® General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills—skills that have been developed over a long period of time and are not related to a specific field of study, but are important for all. The test features question types that reflect the kind of thinking you will do and the skills you need to succeed in graduate and business school.
This publication provides an overview of each of the three measures of the test to help you get ready for test day. It is designed to help you:
- Understand what is being tested
- Gain familiarity with the question types
- Review test-taking strategies
- Become familiar with the calculator that will be distributed on test day
- Review scored Analytical Writing essay responses and reader commentary
- Understand scoring
- Practice taking the Gre test
If you are planning to take the computer-delivered GRE General Test, visit www.ets.org/gre/prepare for test preparation materials for the computer-delivered test.
Test Structure GRE
The paper-delivered GRE General Test contains two Analytical Writing sections, two Verbal Reasoning sections and two Quantitative Reasoning sections.
Gre Total testing time is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes. The directions at the beginning of each section specify the total number of questions in the section and the time allowed for the section. The
Analytical Writing sections are always presented first.
Typical Paper-delivered GRE General Test
Number of Questions
Analytical Writing (2 sections)
Section 1 Analyze an Issue Section 2 Analyze an Argument
30 minutes per section
Verbal Reasoning (2 sections)
25 questions per section
35 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning (2 sections)
25 questions per section
40 minutes per section
You will enter all responses for the Analytical Writing tasks and the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning questions in the test book itself. Also, you are allowed to use a basic hand-held calculator on the Quantitative Reasoning sections. The calculator will be provided to you at the test site; you may not use your own calculator. Information about using the calculator to help you answer questions appears on page 31.
Preparing for the GRE General Test
Before taking the practice General Test, it is important to become familiar with the content of each of the measures. In this publication, you will find information specific to each measure of the test. You can use this information to understand the type of material on which you will be tested and the question types within each measure. Determine which strategies work best for you. Remember—you
can do very well on the test without answering every question in each section correctly.