Get the Power of Confidence with the GRE® revised General Test.

It’s the most widely accepted graduate-level admissions test in the world, and the only admissions test with the ScoreSelect® option and a test‑taker friendly design to give you the confidence to do your best.

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Answers to your top questions about the GRE® revised General Test:

How long does the test take and how many questions are there?

The computer-based GRE revised General Test takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes and consists of 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 2 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-based GRE revised General Test takes up to 3 hours and 30 minutes and consists of separately timed sections:

  • Verbal Reasoning — There are 2 sections of Verbal Reasoning, each containing 25 questions. You have 35 minutes to complete each section.
  • Quantitative Reasoning — There are 2 sections of Quantitative Reasoning, each containing 25 questions. You have 40 minutes to complete each section.
  • Analytical Writing — There are two 30-minute sections to Analytical Writing, one that contains an "Analyze an Issue" task and one that contains an "Analyze an Argument" task.

What does “test-taker friendly design” mean?

The GRE® revised 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 allows you to decide how to approach each question and each section in a way that fits your personal test-taking strategies. The test-taker friendly design lets you:

  • Preview and review questions within a section
  • Tag questions with the “mark” and “review” features within a section, so you can skip and return to them later
  • Go back and change answers within a section
  • Use an on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section*

*For those taking the paper-based GRE revised General Test, calculators will be provided at the test center for use during the test.

When will I receive my scores?

Scores for the computer-based GRE revised General Test are available in your My GRE Account 10 – 15 days after your test date.

Scores for the paper-based test are available in your My GRE Account approximately 6 weeks after your test date.

What's the best way to prepare for the GRE revised General Test?

There are various ways to prepare for the GRE revised General Test, including FREE test preparation software, POWERPREP® II, for the computer-based test, which contains a full-length practice test that's as close to taking the actual test as you can get. For paper-based test takers, there's the Practice Book for the Paper-based GRE revised General Test. Here are some ideas:

  • Explore the new test-taker friendly design features
  • See Sample Questions
  • View a copy of Math Review
  • Download POWERPREP II. It's as close to the actual test as you can get
  • Get Practice Book for the Paper-based GRE revised General Test
  • Learn helpful Strategies and Tips from the experts
  • Practice with official tools like The Official Guide to the GRE® revised General Test and ScoreItNow!™ Online Writing Practice.

How do I register for the computer-based GRE revised General Test?

You can register for the computer-based GRE revised General Test online, by phone, by mail or fax. For more details about registering for the computer-based GRE revised General Test, visit ets.org/gre.

How do I register for the paper-based GRE revised General Test?

You can register for the paper-based test online or by mail. For more details, visit ets.org/gre.

What do I need to know if I’m testing in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Korea?

In Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea, the GRE revised General Test is now administered entirely as a computer-based test. This means you take it in one session, all on the same day. Test administrations in these regions are offered 1 to 3 times per month. learn more>

What should I expect if I take the paper-based test?

Paper-based administrations are offered in regions where computer-based testing is not available. The paper-based GRE revised General Test is a linear test that features the same question types as the computer-based test with the exception of Highlighting an Answer Within a Reading Passage. There's no longer an answer sheet. You write your answers in a test book. Plus, you'll receive an ETS calculator to use during the Quantitative Reasoning section. You may not use your own calculator. Find out more about the paper-based test.

How do I have my scores sent to my prospective schools or fellowship sponsors?

Four FREE score reports are included with your test registration fee and are sent to the schools or fellowship sponsors you select. If you take the computer-based test, you can select score recipients at the test center. If you take the paper-based test, you can choose score recipients during registration or on your admission ticket correction stub.

You can send additional score reports to other institutions for a fee.

And, the ScoreSelect® option helps you put your best scores forward by letting you decide which scores to send to schools. If you feel you didn’t do your best on test day, you do not have to send your scores. You can retake the test and then send ONLY the scores you want schools to see. Just knowing you have that option can help you feel more confident on test day.

When viewing your scores at the test center, you can choose to send scores from your Most Recent test administration, from All GRE tests you have taken — and you can make the designation specific to each of the four schools you select.

To learn more, go to ets.org/scoreselect.

I took the test before August 1st, 2011. Can I use my old test prep materials from the prior test format to prepare for the GRE revised General Test?

Since the GRE revised General Test features a new design and new question types, using prep from the prior test format is not recommended. The good news is FREE official test prep materials are available. learn more now>

What if I need to change the date or location of my test?

You can cancel, reschedule or change the location of your test up until 3 days prior to test day (10 days for those in Mainland China) or your test fee will be forfeited. For more details and to find out how to change or cancel your registration, visit ets.org/gre.

Which graduate and business school programs accept GRE scores?

Thousands of graduate and business school programs around the world accept GRE scores for admissions. Here’s the complete list of accepting schools and their official ETS code number. view list>

Considering an MBA? Business schools worldwide accept GRE scores for their MBA and other graduate business programs. View the rapidly growing list at ets.org/gre.

What accommodations are available for test takers with disabilities or health-related needs?

ETS is committed to serving test takers with disabilities and health-related needs by providing services and reasonable accommodations that are appropriate given the purpose of the test. Testing accommodations are available for test takers who meet ETS requirements. For full information visit ets.org/gre.

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