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GRE Test Prep

The vast majority of people preparing for the GRE don’t really have the time for it, and for good reason—most of them are either full-time students or working professionals with demanding jobs and tight schedules.

What Is On The GRE?

Each GRE test consists of three sections: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning—not necessarily in this order, although Writing will always be first. In addition, there is a fourth Experimental Section, which will either be Verbal or Quantitative Reasoning. Although this section won’t count towards your GRE test score, it is unidentified, so although you’ll be able to tell which type of section it is (because there will be two sections of that type), you won’t know which one will count.

Altogether, the GRE takes about four hours. It is a Computer-Adaptive Test, which means that it’s taken on a computer, which automatically adjusts the difficulty level of the questions in response to how many correct and incorrect answers the student gives. The better you do, in other words, the harder the subsequent questions. The GRE is scored on a curve so that you’ll receive more points for answering harder questions correctly. This computer adaptivity can be a blessing and a curse, but strategies learned during GRE prep can help you use it to your advantage.

GRE test scores for the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections range from 200-800, and the Analytical Writing section score ranges from 0-6. The scores are scaled to account for the difficulty level of each question.

Verbal Reasoning

  • Length: 75 min.
  • Item Types: Two essays
  • Score: 0-6

The first essay gives you a choice of two issues, and 45 minutes to write. The second essay presents an argument, and gives you 30 minutes to write an essay about how to improve the argument’s logic.

Quantitative Reasoning

  • Length: 45 min.
  • Item Types: Multiple-choice math questions
  • Score: 200-800

A typical GRE test contains about 28 questions relating to problem solving and quantitative comparison. You’ll be expected to know and be able to use concepts from arithmetic, basic algebra, geometry, and data analysis.

Verbal Reasoning

  • Length: 30 min.
  • Item Types: Multiple-choice verbal questions
  • Score: 200-800

GRE tests contain approximately 30 questions measuring verbal reasoning with analogies, sentence completions, and reading passages. This section mainly tests vocabulary, and average scores tend to be lower than in other sections.

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