GRE - Graduate Record Examinations

What to expect

If you plan on going to graduate school then you will probably be taking the GRE. The GRE is a computer based section adaptive test (the paper-based version is no longer offered) similar to the ACT and SAT. Being computer based, within each section you will be able to skip and mark questions as well as change your answers. However, the test will also adapt to how you perform on the first section of verbal and quantitative reasoning. Making the second section of verbal and quantitative reasoning harder or easier. If you want to do well on the test be prepared to spend at least a month studing for the test. The GRE is divided into three parts: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning.

Analytical Writing

The Analytical Writing section consists of analyzing and writing a response to an issue and argument task. You will have 30 minutes to form a response to each of these tasks. A score between 0 and 6 in increments of 0.5 will be given. This section will be testing your ability to communicate complex ideas. All writing/typing will be done on a simple word processor without auto-correct or auto-completion.

Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning section includes text completion, reading comprehension, and sentence equivalence. You will have 30 minutes to answer 20 questions. A score between 130 and 170 will be given. Some questions will have multiple parts in which all parts must be answered correctly to get credit.

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitave/Math Reasoning section tests critical thinking in Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Data Analysis. You will have 35 minutes to answer 20 questions. A score between 130 and 170 will be given. The math topics are at a high-school level, but that doesn't make it easy. This section has a broad range of math concepts that go beyond plugging in, dividing, and solving for x.
When taking the test An online calculator will be provided for you.