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GRE Test Versions

There are two versions of GRE Test:

  • GRE General Test, and
  • GRE Subject Test.

GRE General Test

This test is open to all candidates, irrespective of their age or educational background. Generally taken by prospective graduate and business school students, this test measures verbal reasoning, analytical writing, critical writing and quantitative reasoning skills of a candidate.

 

GRE Subject test

This version of GRE exam assesses candidates’ knowledge level and accomplishments in a specific field of study. Unlike the GRE General test, this test is available only thrice in a year and can be taken only as the paper-based test.

GRE scores of this test are often required for doctoral programmes in the US, though some universities require the GRE Subject test scores for Masters-level programmes too.

The eight subjects in which the GRE subject test is presently conducted are:

  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology,
  • Biology,
  • Chemistry,
  • Computer Science,
  • English Literature,
  • Mathematics,
  • Physics, and
  • Psychology.

GRE Exam Format

Total time allotted for:

  • Computer-adaptive test: 3 ¾ hours
  • Paper-based test: 3 ¾ hours

Analytical writing section always appears first in the test, followed by Verbal, Quantitative and Unidentified (if applicable) sections in any order. If there is a Research section, it always appears at the end of the test.
Test format for computer-based test:

Section No. of Question Time Allotted
Analytical Writing One “Analyze an Issue” task and one “Analyze an Argument” task 30 minutes
Analytical Writing 1 Argument Task 30 minutes
Verbal Approximately 20 questions per section 30 minutes
Quantitative Approximately 20 questions per section 35 minutes
Unidentified Variable Variable
Research Variable Variable

Test format for paper-based test:

Section No. of Question Time Allotted
Analytical Writing One “Analyze an Issue” task 30 minutes
Analytical Writing One “Analyze an Argument” task 30 minutes
Verbal (2 sections) 25 questions per section 35 minutes per section
Quantitative (2 sections) 25 questions per section 40 minutes per section

 

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