Sunday, May 17, 2009

GRE® General Test Overview

What Is It?

The GRE® General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study.

Verbal Reasoning — The skills measured include the test taker's ability to

•analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it
•analyze relationships among component parts of sentences
•recognize relationships between words and concepts

Quantitative Reasoning — The skills measured include the test taker's ability to

•understand basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis
•reason quantitatively
•solve problems in a quantitative setting

Analytical Writing — The skills measured include the test taker's ability to

•articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
•examine claims and accompanying evidence
•support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
•sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
•control the elements of standard written English

Who Takes It and Why?
Prospective graduate applicants take the General Test. GRE® test scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement undergraduate records and other qualifications for graduate study. The scores provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants and aid in evaluating grades and recommendations.

Where Do People Take It?
The General Test is offered year-round at computer-based test centers in the U.S., Canada, and many other countries. It is offered at paper-based test centers in areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available. See which format is available in your area.

Who Accepts It?
Any graduate, business or professional school, or any department or division within a school, may require or recommend that its applicants take the General Test, a Subject Test, or both. If approved by the GRE® Board, an institution seeking accreditation can also receive test takers' scores.

Computer-based General Test Content and Structure

The computer-based General Test is composed of Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing sections. In addition, one unidentified unscored section may be included, and this section can appear in any position in the test after the Analytical Writing Section. Questions in the unscored section are being tested for possible use in future tests, and answers will not count toward your scores.

Total testing time is up to three hours, not including the research section. The directions at the beginning of each section specify the total number of questions in the section and the time allowed for the section.

The Analytical Writing section is always first. For the Issue task, two topics will be presented and you will choose one. The Argument task does not present a choice of topics; instead, one topic will be presented.

The Verbal and Quantitative sections may appear in any order, including an unidentified unscored section. Treat each section presented during your test as if it counts.

Typical 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

* For the Issue task, two essay topics are presented and you choose one. The Argument task does not present a choice of topics; instead one topic is presented.
** An unidentified unscored section may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. It is not counted as part of your score.
*** An identified research section that is not scored may be included, and it is always at the end of the test.


*There are three different portions of the GRE test, and three different scores.

*The essay portion is scored on a scale of   -  0 to 6, in half point increments. 

*The verbal & quantitative reasoning portions are scored on a scale of - 200 to 800, in 10 point increments.

*There is no passing or failing cutoff, but the higher your score the better your chances of getting into the program you're considering.

Source or GRE Website.

1 comment:

Judy Jacob said...

I have been following your blog for sometime... though this is my first comment here.

Thought would drop by and send you some flashcards for your opinion before I start using it with my class.

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