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GRE Exam Pattern for General Test 2021

GRE Exam Pattern

GRE Exam Pattern Computer-based Computer-based Computer-based Paper-based Paper-based Paper-based
GRE Sections Duration No. of sections No. of Questions Duration No. of sections No. of questions
Verbal Reasoning 30 minutes 2 20 35 minutes 2 25
Quantitative Reasoning 35 minutes 2 20 40 minutes 2 25
Analytical Writing 60 minutes 1 2 30 minutes 2 2
Research Varies 1 Varies NA NA NA
Unscored Varies 1 Varies NA NA NA
Total 3 hours 45 Minutes 7 82 3 hours 30 minutes 6 102

Here is a brief overview of the GRE:

GRE Full Form Graduate Record Examinations
Official Website
Conducted by ETS – Educational Testing Service
Types of Format Computer-delivered and Paper-Delivered
Types of GRE General and subject test
GRE Fees $ 205 worldwide for the general test. Except for a few places including India. The fee for the GRE subject test is $150. Check the GRE fees for 2021 here.
GRE Validity 5 years
GRE Sections Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing section. There are no sections for the GRE subject test.
Scores/grades used by Most graduate schools in the USA, and few in other countries
Counties/regions About 1,000 test centers in more than 160 counties

GRE exam pattern is summarized below:

GRE Exam Section
Number of Questions
Analytical Writing Analyze an Issue. Analyze an Argument. 30 minutes for each task
Verbal reasoning 2 sections of 20 questions each 30 minutes for each section
Quantitative reasoning 2 sections of 20 questions each 35 minutes for each section
Unscored section Questions vary Time varies
Research section (Excl. for Ph. D & Post Docs.) Questions vary Time varies

GRE General Test vs GRE Subject Test

GRE General Test GRE Subject Test
3 sections: GRE quant, GRE verbal, and GRE AWA No section – a test of one single subject and its different areas
Tests analytical knowledge Tests the knowledge of the specific subject
GRE subjects are conducted on:
Literature in English
Conducted in both computer-based and paper-delivered modes Conducted only in a paper-based mode
Conducted throughout the year Conducted thrice a year: April, September, and October
Fee: US$226 to US$255 Fee: US$150
Question types: MCQ and descriptive or essay questions Question types: MCQ
Number of questions: 82 Number of questions: 66-230
Duration: 3 hours and 45 minutes Duration: 2 hours and 50 minutes.
Score range: 260-340 Score range: 200-990

GRE Test Duration

GRE section name Duration
GRE quantitative reasoning 1 hour and 10 minutes (35 minutes for each section)
GRE verbal reasoning 1 hour (30 minutes for each section)
GRE analytical writing assessment 1 hour (30 minutes for each section)
Total 3 hours and 10 minutes

GRE Subject Test Pattern

GRE subject tests are only for those candidates who want a higher degree in any specific subject. The subjects included in this test are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

GRE Subject Test Syllabus

Subjects Number of Questions Sub-sections
Biology 190 Cellular and Molecular Biology
Organismal Biology
Ecology and Evolution
Chemistry 130 Analytical Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
English 230 Literary Analysis
Cultural and Historical Contexts
History and Theory of Literary Criticism
Mathematics 66 Calculus
Algebra (Linear algebra, abstract algebra, elementary algebra, and number theory)
Discrete Mathematics
Real Analysis
Probability and Statistics
Additional Mathematics
Physics 100 Classical Mechanics
Optics and Wave Phenomena
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Quantum Mechanics
Atomic Physics
Special Relativity
Laboratory Methods
Specialized Topics like Nuclear and Particle Physics etc.
Psychology 205 Biological

GRE General Test Score Range

GRE section name Score range
GRE quantitative reasoning 131-171 with 1 point increment
GRE verbal reasoning 130-170 with 1 point increment
GRE analytical writing assessment 0-6 with 0.5 point increment
Total 261-341

GRE Contact Number

1-609-771-7670 or 1-866-473-4373 (Toll-free for test-takers in the United States, U.S. Virgin Island, Canada, and Puerto Rico)   91-1244517127 or 000-800-100-407 (Toll-free for test-takers in India) Email: [email protected]

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GRE Exam Pattern – FAQs

What is the GRE Exam pattern?

This answer is mentioned in the article above, but to summarize the GRE exam pattern consists of Analytical Writing – one section made up of two tasks, Verbal Reasoning – two sections with 20 questions in each section, and Quantitative Reasoning – two sections with 20 questions in each section.

What is GRE?

The GRE is a multiple-choice, computer-based, standardized exam that is often required for admission to graduate programs and Master of Business Administration(MBA)

There are two types of GRE exam:
1. GRE General Test
2. GRE Subject Tests

Can I give a paper-delivered GRE Exam?

Yes. But it is only offered in locations where the computer-delivered test is not available or nearer.

What does the GRE verbal reasoning section test?

It tests your ability to understand the meaning of entire texts, sentences, and words.


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