Exam Syllabus SAT
1-VERBAL REASONING ( reading comprehension, text completion, sentence equivalence)
( 20 ques each in 2 sections-30 min each)
Reading comprehension – 8-9 short reading passages of 1 para long & will have 1 or 2 questions related to them.
There will be 1-2 long reading passages per test which will have 3+ questions associated with them.
Questions are multiple choice questions, you are required to choose either single or multiple correct answers as per asked.
Text completion there will be 1,2 or 3 blanks need to fill in.
1 blank- 5 choices to pick from
2 or 3 blanks- each has 3 choices to pick from.
Sentence equivalence you are supposed to select 2 answer choices that best complete a sentence & provide similar meaning/synonyms.
2- QUANTITATIVE REASONING ( 20 questions each in 2 sections-35 min each)
1 Quantitative comparison
2 Multiple choice questions with either one option or more than one option
3 Numeric entry questions.
3-ANALYTICAL WRITING ASSESSMENT (AWA)
1 one logical argument-an argument is given you have to either write for it or write against it.
2 One critical issue-a topic is given you have to write an essay.
( awa – no options are given, 30 min each)
The GRE is a generalised test that isn’t related to any particular discipline or field. It has been designing to evaluate skills that you’ve already picked up over the years. This allows a wide range of universities to use it to benchmark applicants from diverse backgrounds applying to a big mix of degrees.
If you were to look at the overall GRE exam pattern, it has 3 sections: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning.
This section tests your ability to analyse facts, dissect arguments, judge the presented evidence and put forth your views in the most convincing and structured manner.
This section checks your capacity to understand the content author’s perspectives and intentions, prioritise the points made, and connect the dots across various ideas presented.
This is where you comfort level with numbers and quantitative data is tested. You’ll have to understand the problem and use models and mathematical formulas (from geometry, algebra, arithmetic) to solve them. The good news is that you will have access to a calculator. So no complex mental arithmetic to be done.