GRE Exam Pattern

GRE Exam Pattern

The GRE exam is not confined to any particular genre of the subject but is a general test that evaluates the reasoning and analytical side of the student. The paper is 3 hours 45 minutes long and includes six sections. After the third section is quantitative analysis, a 10 min break is provided. The exam is primarily taken on computers; however, in some countries, due to limitations imposed on the use of computers, a paper-based test may be accepted. 


The exam pattern may appear as below: 

Analytical writing 

The first section of the paper is analytical writing. This section has two tasks involving analyzing a given topic. The first task includes analyzing an issue, while the second task requires the candidate to analyze an argument. The test-taker has thirty minutes to answer this question.

Quantitative reasoning 

This module of the paper has two sections with 20 questions in each section. Here the basic mathematical skills and solving ability of the candidate is gauged. The time allotted to solve each section is 35 minutes. 

Verbal reasoning

The verbal reasoning module contains two sections, and a candidate has thirty minutes to solve each one. Both sections are designed to test three test-taker skills: reading comprehension, text completion, and sentence equivalence.