Skip to main content Skip to navigation Skip to search Skip to footer

The Paper-delivered GRE® General Test

The computer-delivered test is available throughout the year in most places around the world. However, in the few areas where the computer-delivered test is not available, you can take a paper-delivered GRE® General Test.

Paper-delivered GRE® General Test administrations are offered up to three times a year (October, November and February). The test design and question types will be modified to be appropriate for a paper-delivered, linear test. The test takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete.

Analytical Writing

Two 30-minute sections
Section 1: “Analyze an Issue” essay task
Section 2: “Analyze an Argument” essay task

Verbal Reasoning

Two 35-minute sections
25 questions per section

Quantitative Reasoning

Two 40-minute sections
25 questions per section

Calculators will be provided at the test center for use during this section.

  • The Analytical Writing section will always be first, while the other four sections may appear in any order.
  • As with the computer-delivered test, you are free, within the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections, to skip questions and go back or change your answer to a question.
  • To familiarize yourself with the paper-delivered test format, try the full-length practice test in the Practice Book for the Paper-delivered GRE® General Test, Second Edition (PDF).

The GRE® Tests and You

How can taking the GRE® General Test help you?

Answer a few quick questions to find out.

Get started >

The GRE® General Test Facts

Learn more about the test sections, scores, prep and more.

Explore Now >

Design your Custom Study Plan

Get personalized tips to help focus your prep.

Get started >

Connect with Us

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.

It’s never too late to learn. 36% of test takers prepare for less than one month when studying for the GRE® General Test. You could start now and still have your GRE® scores ready for admissions deadlines!

Between Verbal and Quant, how did you divide your prep time?

No matter how you divide your test prep time, we have an Official Guide for you. Check out all three Official Guides for the GRE® General Test.