The GRE Revised General test is needed for application to graduate schools in the US. The test consists of Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. The test is computer based and the Verbal and Quantitative parts are adaptive by sections. This means if students do well on a quantitative section, the next quantitative section will be harder, and if students don’t do well on a section, the next one will be easier.
The Analytical Writing of the GRE consists of 2 tasks: one requires students to take positions and develop their arguments, while the other requires students to evaluate arguments based on evidence provided. Students have 30 minutes to complete each essay.
In the Verbal Reasoning section of the GRE, there are 3 types of questions: Sentence Completion, Text Equivalence and Reading Comprehension. Some of the questions have more than one answer.
The Quantitative section of the GRE measures student’s mathematical ability. Topics tested are Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and Data Analysis. There are 4 types of Quantitative questions: Quantitative comparison, Multiple Choice (one answer), Multiple Choice (more than one answer), and Numeric entry questions. Calculators are provided on the computer based test.
The Revised GRE test takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete. Students need to be familiar with the format of the test and be comfortable with working on the computer.