The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) revised General Test, created by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for many graduate schools in the United States – particularly those applying to M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. programs.

What and how does it test?

The exam, a computer-based test, aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing skills that have been acquired over a long time period and that are not related to any specific field of study. In recent years, the exam was overhauled and therefore is no longer adaptive on a question-by-question basis, but rather by section. Thus, meaning that the performance on the first verbal and math sections determine the difficulty of the second sections presented; the examinee is free to skip back and forth within sections.

How is it structured?

The Analytical Writing section will always be the first section tested. The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and unidentified/unscored sections may appear in any order; therefore, you should treat each section as if it counts toward your score.


# of Questions

Time (min)

Analytical Writing2 tasks1 30 per task
Verbal Reasoning (2 sections)20 per section30 per section
Quantitative Reasoning (2 sections)20 per section35 per section
Unscored2 VariesVaries
Research3 VariesVaries

Total Time: 3 Hours and 45 minutes

1 Analyze an Issue” task and “Analyze an Argument” task.
2 Unscored section, is an unidentified section, that does not count toward your score but may be included as part of the exam and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section.
3 Research section, is an identified section that is not scored and may be included in place of the unscored section at the end of the exam.

How is it scored?

The Verbal and Quantitative Sections each receive a score between 130 and 170. The Analytical Writing Section yields a score between 0 and 6. Scores remain valid for five years.

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More information

Besides taking the GRE revised General Test, you may be required to also take a GRE Subject Test depending on the specific graduate program. We are here to answer your questions, so give us a call or send us an email to see how personalized GRE and/or GRE Subject Test tutoring with a private Dolphin Academic Prep tutor can help benefit you.

When is the GRE offered?

You can choose from two test-taking options: Paper-based or Computer-based. Unfortunately, you can only see test dates/locations for the Computer-based GRE tests when you login. Check to see when the GRE Paper-based test is being offered.