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About the GRE

The GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most graduate schools in the United States. Administered and created by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in 1949, the exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based exam administered at Prometric testing centers but can be taken as a paper based exam where necessary.


About the GRE Exam


The overall testing time for the computer based GRE Test is about three hours and forty five minutes. There are six timed sections and one-minute breaks are offered after each section in addition to an optional 10 minute break after the third section.
The GRE General Test is composed of three assessment areas: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. The exam has two verbal testing sections (30minutes each), two quantitative reasoning testing sections (35minutes each) and two analytical writing tasks (30minutes each).

GRE Parts Breakdown

Section 1:

Analytical Writing
The first section is always the analytical writing section.
Structure: One section with two separately timed tasks
Time: 30minutes per task
Description: One “Analyze an Issue” task and one “Analyze an Argument” task.
Approach The Issue task presents two topics of which the candidate must select one on which to write an essay presenting a position on the topic. The candidate is required to support his or her point of view with examples and reasoning. The Argument task presents a statement of a position. The candidate is required to analyze the logic of the given position and suggest how and where the reasoning may be faulty or require improvement. The writing section of the GRE is meant to measure analytical reasoning, organization, and analysis skills. There are no right or wrong answers to the essay questions; however, to achieve a high score, the essay must be within the scope of the question presented.

Sections 2 to 6:

The next five sections consist of two verbal reasoning sections, two quantitative reasoning sections, and either an experimental or research section. These five sections may occur in any order. The experimental section does not count towards the final score but is not distinguished from the scored sections during testing. The performances on the first verbal and quantitative sections determine the difficulty of the second sections presented.

Verbal Reasoning

Structure: Two sections – 20 questions per section
Time: 30minutes per section
Description: Each verbal reasoning section contains three types of question: sentence equivalence, text completion and reading comprehension.
Approach: The verbal reasoning section of the GRE is often said to be a test of vocabulary. Also, the comprehension questions require good reading and reasoning skills. Reading comprehension questions are either single answer, multiple answers, or select in passage, while text completion questions will have either one, two, or three blanks.

Quantitative Reasoning

Structure: Two sections – 20 questions per section
Time: 35minutes per section
Description: The quantitative reasoning section has two types of multiple choice questions: quantitative comparisons and problem solving. The test also contains numeric entry questions where students have to provide their own answers and can involve data interpretation.
Approach: The level of math knowledge should be within the grasp of a 10th Grade student. Each quantitative reasoning section (commonly called the “Math GRE sections”) contains a mix of multiple choice, quantitative analysis, and user input questions.

Unscored Section/ Research Section

An unidentified unscored section that does not count toward the final score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. Questions in the unscored section are being tried out either for possible use in future tests or to ensure that scores on new editions of the test are comparable to scores from earlier editions. Alternatively, an identified research section that does not count toward the final score may be included in place of the unscored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test. Questions in this section are included for ETS research purposes.


For the quantitative and verbal reasoning assessments of the GRE General test, the scores range from 130 to 170 points. A raw score for each of the two verbal and math sections is computed. The raw score takes into account the number of questions that have been answered correctly. The statistical properties of the questions and the number of questions that were answered are additional factors that influence the raw score. Therefore, two students who correctly answer the same number of questions may receive different scores that reflect the difficulty of the questions that they answered correctly. The raw score is then scaled to the final score by a process that is called equating. The final score is adjusted to account for differences in difficulty of the questions among exam versions.

GRE Scoring

For the analytic writing section, scores range from 0.0 to 6.0, in 1/2 pt. increments. The essay/ analytical writing section of the GRE is composed on the computer, but both writing tasks are graded by trained readers. This section will be read and scored by two readers, each of whom will rate the critical thinking and writing skills rather than grammar and mechanics. The two readers of each of the essays will provide a score on a range from zero to six, in one-half point increments. The reader scores for the essays will then be averaged and rounded to the nearest one-half point, to yield the final essay score. In the case that the scores that are received by the two readers differ by more than 1 point, a third reader will read the essay.

If no questions are answered for a specific measure (e.g. Verbal Reasoning), then a No Score (NS) will be received for that measure. The GRE score report will contain the three scores. Along with each of the three scores, a percentile rank will be given, which indicates the percentage of students who have scored as well or worse than that score. Test scores are valid for five years after the testing year.

How often can you take the GRE?

The GRE can be taken once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period, contingent on test center availability.

How is the GRE Weighted in the Application Process?

The GRE general test is meant to measure overall academic ability and is the standard exam for admission to non-business schools. However, an increasing number of business schools are accepting scores from the GRE exam and also not all graduate schools or programs require the GRE. In the graduate school admissions process, the level of emphasis that is placed upon GRE scores varies widely between schools and between departments within schools. The importance of a GRE score can range from being a mere admission formality to an important selection factor.

Average Scores required for top Graduate schools for Economics, Finance, and Education

As part of the registration fee, candidates are allowed to designate four institutions to which their scores should be sent. Some schools are concerned only about the score of one section, while other admission committees are interested in a combination of all three. This is entirely at the discretion of the school and program that is being applied to.

Based on the findings of The US News and World Report 2013, which compiles annual data on the top graduate schools, graduate programs and applicants, the following tabulated GRE scores are a sensible expectation of what is required of applicants. The average GRE test taker score for 2013 is given for comparison:

Average GRE scores top 10


How important is the GRE ?

The GRE score is, generally, just one single component of the graduate school application. Other aspects of a graduate school application, such as past academic performance, the quality of recommendation letters, personal essay, etc., can have as much or even more of an influence on getting accepted. However, if a candidate is getting results similar to the above indicated GRE scores it will only help build towards a stronger application.

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