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GRE Exam: Graduate Record Examinations

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:

Verbal Section

  • Reading Comprehension;
  • Sentence Completion;
  • Analogy; and
  • Antonym

Quantitative Section

  • Problem Solving; and
  • Quantitative Comparison

Analytical Writing

  • Analysis of Issue; and
  • Analysis of Argument

Format of the Computer-based GRE General Test


Number of Questions


Analytical Writing 1 Issue Task* 45 minutes
Analytical Writing 1 Argument Task* 30 minutes
Verbal 30 30 minutes
Quantitative 28 45 minutes
Unscored Varies Varies
Research Varies Varies

*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.

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