The revised GRE test format claims to be more
"test-taker" friendly, but that really depends on what
kind of test-taker you are. The following points
summarize the most important changes to the GRE:
New Question Types: The
has some new question types such as
multiple choice questions with multiple correct
- Format & Scoring: The layout of
the Revised GRE is a bit different than its
predecessor's. Instead of seven sections, and scores
between 200 and 800, the new GRE consists of 6
Analytical Writing – Two essays, 30 minutes
allotted for each
Quantitative Reasoning – 2 sections of about 20 math
questions in 35 minutes each
- Verbal Reasoning – 2 sections of about 20 verbal
questions in 30 minutes each
The scores of the Revised
General GRE will be given between 130 and 170, and
you may see an experimental section during your test
as well, but there is nothing to distinguish it from
the graded sections of the test.
Complex Reasoning Skills: The
Revised GRE now emphasizes more cognitive and
complex reasoning skills than before. This means
that you will face more text-based materials, such
as reading passages, less dependence on isolated
vocabulary knowledge, and a broader selection of
reading material, including some passages and
questions based on principles of logical arguments.
No More Analogies and Analogies:
Good riddance. These highly subjective questions
were fairly confusing for many students, and they
will not be missed.
While both versions of this test are adaptive (meaning the difficulty of the questions you face
adjusts based on your performance), the Revised GRE
is a bit different. Instead of adjusting the
difficulty of each question you face, the test will
perform an analysis after every section. This
basically means that the second section of each
subject that you face on the GRE will consist of
questions chosen based on your performance during
the first section.
Question Navigation: One
distinctly test-taker friendly feature of the new
test is students' ability to navigate through each
section at will, and go back and forth to questions
within a section. On the old test, students were not
allowed to see the next question until they had
submitted an answer, and were not permitted to
return to previous questions at any time.
Mark and Review: Students can
click Mark to mark a question for review
later, and Review to examine an overview of
all questions in that section. The test software
explicitly indicates these features in the upper
right hand corner of the testing screen.
No More Essay Choice: Students were at one point
able to choose from two "Analyze an Issue" essays. However, the test no longer
offers this choice; students must write about
the issue they are given. The "Analyze an
Argument" essay remains the same; students are
not given a choice of the subject matter for that
- On-Screen Calculator: Another
test-taker friendly feature is the addition of an
on-screen calculator. Although its functionality is
not extremely advanced, it does allow students to
forego arithmetic calculations. It even has a basic
copy and paste function that enables students to
directly transfer the calculator screen to the
answer box for a question.
Overall, the Revised GRE isn't a world of difference.
Complex Reasoning, Question Navigation, and the removal
of Antonyms and Analogies are the most significant
changes that have been implemented for this version of
Here is a quick summary of the test structure:
||2 sections of 20
questions Each section to be completed in 35
||2 sections of 20
questions Each section to be completed in 30
||2 essay prompts, an
"issue task" and an "argument task"
Section-based computer-adaptive testing (CAT)
The Verbal and Quantitative sections of the test use
a section-based computer-adaptive testing (CAT) format.
This is a brand new change in the revised GRE. The
section-based computer-adaptive testing (CAT) format
automatically adjusts the difficulty in the second
section of the same topic. For example, if you perform
well in the first quantitative reasoning section of the
test, you are more likely to find tougher questions on
the second quantitative reasoning section.
Taking the GRE
The GRE revised General Test continues to be a
computer based test. The test is administered year-round
at various centers in most locations around the world. The paper-based test is
offered in areas of the world where computer-based
testing is not available. The test appointments are
given on a first-come-first-served basis. The GRE scores
are typically available after 10 to 15 days after your test
date. You can take the GRE only once every 60 days, and
no more than five times within any continuous rolling
Return to GRE Index
is a registered
trademark of the Educational Testing Service.
does not endorse, nor is it affiliated in any way with the owner
or any content of this web site.