Why should I take the GRE® General Test?
The GRE® General Test is the only admissions test that is accepted by both graduate and business programs worldwide — including most top-ranked M.B.A. programs. Scores are also valid for five years, so even if you don’t know your direction now, you have time to explore and decide.
When is the GRE® General Test offered?
The computer-delivered test is administered on a continuous basis at more than 1,000 test centers in over 160 countries. Click to view test date availability for the GRE® General Test, and then select the location where you would like to test. You will then see dates, test centers and seat availability. Make your selection and then click to register through your My GRE® Account or by signing up for a new account.
The paper-delivered test is offered three times a year (February, October and November) in areas where the computer-delivered test is not available. Paper-delivered test dates are released in the second quarter of the calendar year with registration opening in July each year.
What is on the test and how long does it take?
The computer-delivered GRE® General Test takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes and consists of three separately timed sections:
- Verbal Reasoning — There are two 30-minute sections, each containing 20 questions.
- Quantitative Reasoning — There are two 35-minute sections, each containing 20 questions.
- Analytical Writing — There is one section with two separately timed tasks: one "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task.
You may also be required to complete an unidentified, unscored and/or research section of the test. The unidentified, unscored section can appear at any point after the Analytical Writing section. The research section is always at the end of the test. The time given to complete these sections varies. You will not receive a score for them.
The paper-delivered GRE® General Test takes up to 3 hours and 30 minutes and consists of three separately timed sections:
- Verbal Reasoning — There are two 35-minute sections, each containing 25 questions.
- Quantitative Reasoning — There are two 40-minute sections, each containing 25 questions.
- Analytical Writing — There are two 30-minute sections, one that contains an "Analyze an Issue" task and one that contains an "Analyze an Argument" task.
How does the “test-taker-friendly design” help me?
The GRE® General Test gives you the Power of Confidence to help you do your best. It is the only admissions test for graduate or business school that lets you apply your own personal test-taking strategies, so that within a section you can:
- Preview and review questions
- Tag questions with the “mark” and “review” features
- Skip questions & go back
- Change answers
- Use an on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section*
*For those taking the paper-delivered GRE® General Test, calculators will be provided at the test center.
How much does the GRE® General Test cost?
How often can I take the GRE® General Test?
You can take the computer-delivered GRE® General Test once every 21 days, and up to five times within any continuous 12-month period. This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously. You can take the paper-delivered GRE® General Test as often as it is offered.
What if I need to change the date or location of my test?
Why did you drop “revised” from the name of the GRE® General Test?
Back in August 2011, the word “revised” was added to help distinguish the current test from the test that was administered prior to that date. Now that scores from the prior test are no longer reported, we no longer need “revised.”
If I have test prep for the GRE® revised General Test, can I use it to prepare for the GRE® General Test?
Yes, you can continue to use test prep materials that contain the word “revised.” It will take a while to see the name change everywhere so don’t be concerned if the published test prep materials or advice you get still references “revised.” We recommend that you use official test preparation materials from ETS, the maker of the test, that can be found here.