The GRE or Graduate Record Examinations consists of a General Test
and a Subject Test. The General Test does not test any specific
knowledge. The total testing time is up to 3 3/4 hours. It includes the following three parts:
- Reading Comprehension;
- Sentence Completion;
- Analogy; and
- Problem Solving; and
- Quantitative Comparison
- Analysis of Issue; and
- Analysis of Argument
Format of the Computer-based GRE General Test
Number of Questions
||1 Issue Task*
||1 Argument Task*
*In the paper-based test, there is an unscored section.
No one enjoys taking standardized tests. Nevertheless, they are a requirement
for your application and there is a wealth of resources
available here to help you study for these tests.
Although the GRE might not be a breaking point, it can indicate your
level of desire to progress to graduate school. If you are unhappy with
your score, consider retaking the exam. Even if you do not test well, you
have at least shown that you are willing to try again and that you
are serious about your application.
The GRE result is also used for admissions into business PhD
programs that traditionally requires the Graduate Management
Admission Test (GMAT) test. See
GMAT CAT for
detailed information about this.