Schedule and result

Structures, contents of GRE tests

  1. 1.    THE GRE GENERAL TEST
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Analytical Writing skills are developed through a long period of time and are not related to a specific field of study.

Scoring:

  • Verbal Reasoning is scored on a scale of 200 to 800 (in increments of 10)
  • Quantitative Reasoning is scored on a scale of 200 to 800 (in increments of 10)
  • Analytical Writing is scored on a scale of 0 to 6 (in increments of 0.5)

Total testing time: 3 hours and 45 minutes (six sections with a 10-minute break after the third)

Test format: there are six sections in the test

Measure

Number of Questions

Allotted Time

Analytical Writing
(One section with two separately timed tasks)

One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze 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

Unscored¹

Varies

Varies

Research²

Varies

Varies


1 An unidentified unscored section that does not count toward your 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.

2 An identified research section that does not count toward your 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.

 

The Analytical Writing section will always be first. 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.

 

The advanced adaptive design of the GRE General Test allows you to freely move forward and backward throughout an entire section. Specific features include:

  • Preview and review capabilities within a section
  • "Mark" and "Review" features to tag questions, so you can skip them and return later if you have time remaining in the section
  • The ability to change/edit answers within a section
  • An on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section

 

Reportable History

  • For tests taken on or after July 1, 2016, scores are reportable for five years following your test date. For example, scores for a test taken on July 3, 2020, are reportable through July 2, 2025.
  • For tests taken prior to July 1, 2016, scores are reportable for five years following the testing year in which you tested (July 1– June 30). For example, scores for a test taken on May 15, 2016, are reportable through June 30, 2021.
  • GRE scores earned prior to July 2015 are no longer reportable. GRE scores earned in July 2015 are reportable until June 30, 2021.

Note: It takes approximately five business days to process requests to send GRE scores. If you plan to send scores and the date at which your scores are no longer reportable is approaching, allow enough time for processing or your scores may not be sent.

 

 2.    GRE SUBJECT TESTS

The GRE Subject Tests are offered at paper-delivered test centers worldwide three times a year, in September, October and April. The GRE Subject Tests measure test-taker’s knowledge of a particular field of study.

Each Subject Test is intended for students who have an undergraduate major or extensive background in one of these six disciplines:

  • Biology (188 five-choice questions)
  • Chemistry (130 multiple-choice questions)
  • Literature in English (approximately 230 questions on poetry, drama, biography, the essay, the short story, the novel, criticism, literary theory and the history of the language)
  • Mathematics (66 multiple-choice questions)
  • Physics (approximately 100 multiple-choice questions)
  • Psychology (approximately 205 multiple-choice questions)

 

Note: The GRE Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test was discontinued in December 2016. Scores will continue to be reportable for five years following the testing year in which you tested (July 1–June 30).  

 

Scoring:

Every Subject Test yields a total score on a 200 to 990 score scale, in 10-point increments. Note that each of the individual test scales occupies only a portion of the 200 to 990 score range.

The Biology, Physics and Psychology Tests also yield subscores on a 20–99 score scale, in one-point increments. Note that each of the individual test subscore scales occupies only a portion of the 20 to 99 score range.

Total testing time: 2 hours and 50 minutes. There are no separately-timed sections.

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