About the GRE
Introduced on August 1, 2011, the GRE revised General Test features new types of questions reflecting the practical skills and knowledge required to succeed in today’s demanding graduate and business school programs. It is designed to provide a more friendlier and flexible test taking experience.
The GRE is taken by prospective graduate and business school applicants to pursue a master’s, MBA, specialized master’s in business or doctoral degree in the US. It provides schools with a common measure for comparing candidates’ qualifications.
The GRE General Test is available at more than 1,000 test centers in more than 160 countries. In most regions of the world, the computer-delivered test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year. In Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea, the computer-delivered test is available up to three times per month. In areas of the world where computer-delivered testing is not available, the paper-delivered test is available up to three times a year in October, November and February
The GRE General Test is accepted at thousands of graduate and business schools as well as departments and divisions within these schools.
One can take the computer delivered GRE once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days). This applies even if one has canceled the scores on a test taken previously. The paper-delivered GRE General Test can be taken as often as it is offered.
Content and Structure of the Test
The content covered in the three test sections-Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical writing.
Verbal Reasoning: The Verbal Reasoning section measures one’s ability to…
- Analyse and draw conclusions from discourse; reason from in-complete data; identify author’s assumptions and/or perspec-tive’s understand multiple levels of meaning, such as liberal, flgu-rative and author’s intent.
- Select important points; distinguish major from minor or relevant points; summarize text; understand the structure of a text.
- Understand the meaning of words, sentences and entire texts; understand relationships among words and among concepts.
- Features new types of questions, to measure the understanding capability of the reading and application of reasoning skills.
The Verbal Reasoning Section of the GRE revised General Test contains three types of questions:
- Reading comprehension (appear in sets)
- Text Completion
- Sentence Equivalence.
Quantitative Reasoning: The quantitative section measures one’s ability to…
- Understand quantitative information
- Interpret and analyze quantitative information
- Solve problems using mathematical models.
- Apply basic mathematical skills and elementary mathematical concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability and sta-tistics.
The emphasis is on data interpretation and real-life scenarios and new types of questions are posed to unearth the candidates quantitative reasoning ability.
Candidates taking computer based test can use online calculators and candidates taking paper based tests will be provided with calculators by the test-centre.
The Quantitative Reasoning section contains four types of questions:
- Multiple-choice Questions-Select one answer choice
- Multiple-choice Questions-Select one or more choices
- Numeric Entry Questions
- Quantitative Comparison Questions.
Each Question appears either independently as a discrete question or as part of a set of questions called Data Interpretation set. All the questions in a Data Interpretation set are based on the same data presented in tables, graphs or others displays of data.
Analytical Writing: The analytical writing section measures your ability to…
- Articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively.
- Support ideas with relevant reasons and examples.
- Examine claims and accompanying evidence.
- Sustain a well focused, coherent discussion.
- Control the elements of standard written English.
The Analytical writing section requires focused responses based on the tasks presented, for the accurate demonstration of skills indirectly responding to a task. The analytical writing section of the GRE revised General Test consists of two separately timed analytical writing tasks.
- Analyse an issue task.
- Analyse an argument task.
Analyse an issue talk: Assesses ability to think critically about a topic of general interest and to clearly express one’s thoughts about it in writing. Each issue statement makes a claim wherein one can discuss from various perspective and apply to many different situations or conditions. The issue statement is followed by a set of specific instructions.
Analyse an argument task: The “analyse an argument” task assesses one’s ability to understand, analyse and evaluate arguments and to clearly convey one’s evaluation in writing. A brief passage is given in which the author makes a case for some course of action or interpretation of events by presenting claims backed by reasons and evidence. The task to be carried out is to discuss the logical soundness of the author’s case according to the specic instructions by critically examining the line of reasoning and the use of evidence.
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