The GRE is an Aptitude Test. All Aptitude tests are modified I.Q. tests, which check suitability of a candidate for the requirements of a job or an academic course. All IQ Tests check : Language skills, Numerical skills, Memory & Application skills, Logical Reasoning skills and Hallmarks of Intelligence. Apart from these cognitive skills, GRE also tests on the specific academic ability to do well on the academically rigorous and challenging MS programs. So Analytical Writing Ability, is also tested.

S.No. GRE Test Section Number of Questions Question Types Timing
1. Analytical Writing Assessment 2 Topics

Score Range – 0 to 6

Analysis of an Argument

Analysis of an Issue

2 X 30 Minutes
2. 2 Verbal Reasoning Sections 20 Questions in each section

Score Range 130 to 170

10 Critical Reading

6 Text Completions

4 Sentence Equivalence

2 X 30 Minutes
3. 2 Quantitative Reasoning Sections 20 Questions in each section

Score Range 130 to 170

9 problem solving

8 quantitative comparisons

3 data interpretation

2 X 35 Minutes
4 Experimental Section A Verbal Reasoning or Quantitative Ability Sections 30 or 35 Minutes
5 Research Section The research section will always appear at the end of the test. Questions in this section are included for ETS research purposes. Varies
Total Exam Time – 3 Hours & 55 Minutes, including a 10 minute break, after the third section, and 1 minute break between other sections.


Breaks during GRE :     The duration of the mandatory breaks may depend on the proctor and the center at which you take your exam.

These break times cannot be exceeded. You are required to remain in the test center building or in the immediate area. You are not permitted to go outside the test center building unless it is to use the restroom during the test administration, including breaks.

If you need to leave your seat at any time other than the break, raise your hand; timing of the section will not stop.

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