Exam Pattern

GRE revised General Test Format:
In all cases the Analytical Writing section is the first section of the exam, followed by a 10 minute break. After the break, there are 5 sections: two verbal, two math and an unscored section. Sections can appear in any order. Therefore, you won’t be able to tell which section is unscored, so you must be sure to do your best on all sections

Measure Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing(One section with two separately timed tasks) One “Analyse an Issue” task and one “Analyse an Argument” task 30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning(Two sections) 20 questions per section 30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning(Two sections) 20 questions per section 35 minutes per section
Unscored Varies Varies

Analytic Writing: 2 essays, 30 minutes each
The writing section of the GRE is meant to measure your analytical reasoning, organization, and analysis skills. The two essays include an issue essay and an argument essay. There are no right or wrong answers to the essay questions, and the essays will be read and scored by 2 (and possibly 3) readers.

Break:10 minutes

Verbal Reasoning: Two sections each with 20 questions, 30 minutes for each section
Each section includes a mix of reading comprehension question, text completion, and sentence equivalence questions. 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: Two sections each with 20 questions, 35 minutes for each section
Each quantitative reasoning section (also common called the “Math GRE sections”) contains a mix of multiple choice, quantitative analysis, and user input questions.

Unscored Section*: An experimental section that will either be a math or a verbal section may also be included on the exam. You will know if you were given a math or verbal experimental section because you will have two of those sections during the test, but you won’t know which of two identical sections will be experimental. The experimental section does not count toward your score, and is used by ETS to try out new questions for possible use in future exams.
*In the above example, the unscored section is the last section, but the order of the sections can be any of several combinations. For example, your exam may be math-verbal-math-verbal-unscored, or verbal-math-unscored-math-verbal, etc.

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