Use the test-taker friendly features to do your best.

With the GRE® revised General Test, you are able to work through each section of the test in the way that is most comfortable for you. You can skip questions, go back and change answers, and have control to tackle the questions that you want to answer first.

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The only admissions test for graduate or business school with a test-taker friendly design.

Get the Power of Confidence with the only admissions test for graduate or business school with a test-taker friendly design that lets you go through each section of the test in the way that is most comfortable for you. Within a section of the GRE® revised General Test you can*:

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

Explore the new test-taker friendly design features now by downloading our free POWERPREP® II software. It's as close to the actual test as you can get!

*For those taking the paper-delivered GRE revised General Test in areas of the world where the computer-delivered test is not available, the test design and question types will be modified to be appropriate for a paper-delivered, linear test. In addition, calculators will be provided at the test center for use during the paper-delivered test.

test structure and length:

The computer-delivered test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year in most places around the world. In Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea, the test is available 1 to 3 times per month. The computer-delivered test takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Structure of the computer-delivered test
MeasureLengthNumber of Questions
Analytical WritingOne section with two separately timed 30-minute essaysTwo essay tasks
Verbal ReasoningTwo 30-minute sections20 questions in each section
Quantitative ReasoningTwo 35-minute sections20 questions in each section
Unscored1VariesVaries
Research2VariesVaries

There's a 10-minute break following the third section and a 1-minute break between the other test sections.

 

1An unidentified unscored section may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. It is not counted as part of your score.

 

2An identified research section that is not scored may be included, and it is always at the end of the test.

 

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.

 

Paper-delivered GRE® revised General Test administrations are offered up to three times a year (October, November and February) in areas of the world where computer-delivered testing is not available. The paper-delivered test takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Structure of the paper-delivered test
MeasureLengthNumber of Questions
Analytical WritingTwo 30-minute sectionsOne essay task in each section
Verbal ReasoningTwo 35-minute sections25 questions in each section
Quantitative ReasoningTwo 40-minute sections25 questions in each section

There's a 10-minute break following the second Analytical Writing section.

Change is Good:

Your First Instinct May Not Always Be Correct on Multiple-Choice Questions

New Research Shows Most GRE® Test Takers Boosted Scores when Changing Answers

Although you may have heard that it is best to stick with your first answer on multiple-choice test questions, new, empirical research from the GRE® Program suggests that students who thoughtfully change their first answer are likely to improve their scores.

The ability to change an answer in the GRE® revised General Test appears to be popular among test takers. According to the study, more than 95 percent of GRE test takers changed at least one answer in the Verbal Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning measures.

“The GRE revised General Test is the only admissions test that allows business school and graduate school applicants to mark questions within a section and go back to change answers if they had second thoughts,” says David Payne, Educational Testing Service (ETS) Vice President & COO of Global Education. “The test-taker friendly design can help people perform better compared to how they would have done without the opportunity to change answers. Now, we have evidence that this ability to go back to complete or change an answer may help test takers improve their scores.”

The research also showed that:

  • Most GRE test takers who changed answers went from wrong to right, and boosted scores.
  • All GRE test takers who skipped a question and later completed it saw the same or better scores.
  • More test takers saw score gains on the Quantitative Reasoning measure than on the Verbal Reasoning measure when changing an initial blank.
  • Changing answers helped test takers at all ability levels.

ETS surveyed nearly 2,000 test takers regarding the perceived benefits or harms of answer changing. When asked whether the original or the switched answer was more likely to be correct, 59 percent of the survey respondents believed that the original answer was more likely to be correct and only 14 percent said the changed answer.

“The results of this study disprove the fallacy that the first instinct is always correct when answering multiple-choice questions,” says Lydia Liu, Managing Senior Research Scientist at ETS. “It’s important that students, tutors and test prep companies know that the research supports response changing when there is a good reason for doing so.”

The GRE Program introduced the ability to skip questions and change answers when the GRE revised General Test was launched in 2011. This helpful feature allows individuals to use more of their own personal test-taking strategies to help them feel more confident on test day.

Payne said, “Only the GRE revised General Test gives test takers the power of confidence by letting them change answers to help them get their best scores, and knowing they can do their best helps them get that much closer to their graduate or business school goals.”

The analysis is available upon request; please contact Jason Baran at jbaran@ets.org.

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