Get the Power of Confidence with the GRE General Test


It’s your future. Get where you want to go. 

Each year, prospective graduate and business school applicants from around the world take a GRE® test. Applicants come from varying educational and cultural backgrounds, and the test provides a common measure for comparing candidates’ qualifications. 


Get the Power of Confidence

The GRE General Test content reflects the kind of thinking you’ll do and the skills you need to succeed in today’s demanding graduate and business school programs. Specifically, the test measures your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills — skills that have been developed over a long period of time and are not related to a specific field of study. 


What You Need to Know

Sections of the Test

The computer-delivered GRE General Test includes one Analytical Writing section (which is always first), two Verbal Reasoning sections and two Quantitative Reasoning sections. Plus, it includes either an unscored section or a research section that does not count toward your scores. If you get an unscored section, you will not know which one it is, so try your best on all the sections. If you get a research section, it will always be last and will be clearly marked.  


The Analytical Writing section measures your ability to articulate and support complex ideas, examine claims and accompanying evidence, sustain a focused and coherent discussion, and control the elements of standard written English. The Analytical Writing section requires you to provide focused responses based on the tasks presented, so you can accurately demonstrate your ability to directly respond to a task. 


The Verbal Reasoning section measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it; understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts; and understand relationships among words and concepts.  


The Quantitative Reasoning section measures your ability to understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information; solve problems using mathematical models; and apply basic mathematical skills and elementary mathematical concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics. 




Length of the Test

In total, the computer-delivered test is about 3 hours and 45 minutes in length and you will get a 10-minute break after the third section of the test.



Scoring of the Test

If you don’t answer any questions in a Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning or Analytical Writing section, you will receive a No Score (NS) on that measure. 



Here’s how the GRE General Test will help get you where you want to go:

  • Study anywhere. Thousands of graduate and business school programs across the globe accept GRE scores.
  • Do your best with the test-taker friendly design: You can skip questions and go back to them, change or edit your answers — all within a section — and more, giving you the flexibility to use more of your own personal test-taking strategies and style. And GRE research shows when you decide to change an answer, it might actually help you.
  • Send your best scores: With the ScoreSelect® option, if you take the test more than once, you have the option to send schools only the scores you want them to see.
  • Take the test again: You can take the GRE General Test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous 12-month period. 
  • Keep your options open. Test scores are valid for five years — so you can take the test now even if you are still deciding what to do.
  • Spend less. The GRE General Test is less expensive than other graduate-level admissions tests that measure the same skills. 
  • Use FREE official test preparation. Access official test preparation software and more from the maker of the GRE General Test. Check out all of the official test prep materials  — including the free POWERPREP® II software, for the only practice experience that is as close to the actual test as you can get. 

When and Where the Test is Offered

The test is administered at more than 850 test centers in more than 160 countries. In most regions of the world, the computer-delivered test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year. In areas of the world where computer-delivered testing is not available, the test is administered in a paper-delivered format up to three times a year in October, November and February. Check for details on how to register in your local area.


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