All about the GRE Test

Test Pattern

Section Number of Questions Time
Analytical Writing
(One section with two separately timed tasks)
One "Analyze an Issue" task and One "Analyze an Argument" task 30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning (Two sections)
Sample Questions
Approximately 20 questions per section 30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections)
Sample Questions
Approximately 20 questions per section 35 minutes per section
Unscored Varies Varies
Research Varies Varies
  • There will be only one topic given for Issue and Argument topics.
  • One Unscored Section (VR or QR section), may appear at any point after the AW section.
  • Questions in this unidentified section are being tested for possible use in future and will not count toward the candidate's scores.
  • An identified research section that is not scored may also be included and comes at the end of the test.
  • The AW section will always be first, while the other five sections may appear in any order. There will be a 10-minute break following the third section, and a 1-minute break between the other test sections. Scratch Pad will be provided.
  • There will be provision of on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section.
  • The computer-based GRE®Test allows the candidate to freely move forward and backward throughout an entire section to change or edit responses, even skip questions one can come back to later.
    • The test allows the candidate to edit or change answers, skip questions and more, all within a section.
    • Preview and Review" capabilities exist within a section.
    • "Mark and Review" feature to tag questions, so one can skip and return later.
The GRE®Test is a section-level adaptive test i.e. the level of difficulty of the second section (Quantitative Reasoning or Verbal Reasoning) will depend on the candidate's overall performance on the corresponding first section.

However, within each section, all questions contribute equally to the final score.