Graduate Record Examinations

The computer-based GRE General Test consists of six sections. The first section is always the analytical writing section involving separately timed issue and argument tasks. The next five sections consist of two verbal reasoning sections, two quantitative reasoning sections, and either an experimental or research section. These five sections may occur in any order. The experimental section does not count towards the final score but is not distinguished from the scored sections. Unlike the computer adaptive test before August 2011, the GRE General Test is a multistage test, where the examinee's performance on earlier sections determines the difficulty of subsequent sections, using a technique known as computer-adaptive testing. This format allows the examined person to freely move back and forth between questions within each section, and the testing software allows the user to "mark" questions within each section for later review if time remains. The entire testing procedure lasts about 3 hours 45 minutes. One-minute breaks are offered after each section and a 10-minute break after the third section.

GRE Overview

GRE is available in the form of general test and subject tests. While the general test is common to all applicants, the subject tests are taken for admission to certain specialised/technical programmes.

GRE General Test
GRE general test is composed of six segments, that are based on three major areas: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning. It is a mix of objective and subjective questions. The total duration of the exam is 3 hours and 45 minutes, with each section timed individually.
GRE Subject Test
GRE Subject tests are exclusively for the following fields: Physics Chemistry Mathematics Psychology Each subject test consists of a fixed number of multiple-choice questions, with no sectional divisions. The total duration of a GRE subject test is 2 hours and 50 minutes.