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GRE revised General Test

In August 2011, the GRE General Test was replaced by the GRE revised General Test. Make sure that the materials that you use for your preparations are referring to the new GRE revised General Test.

The GRE revised General Test measures your ability in three areas.

Verbal Reasoning - Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts. Scores reported are 130 - 170, in 1 point increments.

Quantitative Reasoning - Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis. Scores reported are 130 - 170, in 1 point increments.

Analytical Writing - Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively. Scores reported are 0 - 6, in half point increments.

We have prepared a series of free lessons to help you review the mathematics topics that are required for GRE revised General Test - Quantitative Reasoning.

The GRE revised General Test is available at about 700 test centers in more than 160 countries. In most regions of the world, the computer-based test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year. In Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea, the computer-based test is available one to two times per month. In areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available, the test is administered in a paper-based format up to three times a year in October, November and February. Refer to the GRE site for a complete list.

GRE Overview

The GRE is comprised of three core assessment areas:

• Analytical Writing
• Verbal Reasoning
• Quantitative Reasoning

These areas are designed to measure your aptitude for critical reasoning and quantitative analysis, and to assess your ability to write coherent, well-supported arguments based on provided evidence and instructions.

The core assessment areas are spread out across the exam in five scored sections: one analytical reasoning section, two verbal reasoning sections, and two quantitative reasoning sections. You will have 30 minutes to complete each Analytical Writing prompt and Verbal Reasoning section, and 35 minutes for each Quantitative Reasoning section. The exam can take anywhere from 3 1/2 - 4 hours depending on the version of the exam administered.

Your exam will consist of one scored Analytical Writing section that includes two prompts:

Analyze an Argument prompt
The Analyze an Argument prompt will present you with an argument and ask you to evaluate its merits and logical soundness. Unlike the Analyze an Issue prompt, you will not choose a side for this prompt. Instead, you will write a critical assessment of the argument presented.
The Analytical Writing section will always appear first on the exam. You will have 30 minutes to complete each prompt. The prompts are separately timed, and you can only work on one prompt at a time. The section is scored on a scale of 0-6, in half-point increments. A “6” is the highest possible score.

Analyze an Issue prompt
The Analyze an Issue prompt will present you with specific instructions on how to analyze a given topic. The topic lends itself to multiple perspectives, and there is no correct answer. What is important is that you construct a well-reasoned, cohesive argument that both supports your stance on the issue and closely follows the instructions given in the prompt.

Verbal Reasoning
In the two Verbal Reasoning sections, you will be asked to read and synthesize information presented in various forms from short sentences to multi-paragraph passages. This assessment area is designed to test your ability to comprehend and evaluate written material. The Verbal Reasoning sections also measures your understanding of sentence structure, punctuation, and proper use of vocabulary.

Your exam will consist of two scored Verbal Reasoning sections that include the following question types:

Reading Comprehension
Reading Comprehension questions require you to read the given passages and select the answer choice that best completes the question task. Content of the passages can come from a wide-range of subject matters, and there is often more than one question that corresponds to each passage.

Text Completion
Text Completion questions require you to identify the appropriate term (or terms) that best completes a given sentence. Text Completions can have anywhere from one to three terms that need to be identified. A strong vocabulary and the ability to understand context clues are both essential in this section.

Sentence Equivalence
Sentence Equivalence questions require you to identify two terms for a single blank in a sentence that will create two similar sentences that express the same main idea. Similar to the Text Completion questions, this section requires a strong vocabulary and command of context clues.

Quantitative Reasoning
In this section, you will be asked to solve mathematical problems drawn from the subject areas of arithmetic, geometry, algebra, and data analysis. This section tests your ability to solve quantitative problems, understand real-world applications of mathematical principles, and interpret statistical data from charts and graphs.

Your exam will consist of two scored Quantitative Reasoning sections that include the following question types:

Quantitative Comparisons
Quantitative Comparison questions require you to analyze the relationship between two given quantities and select the answer choice that best describes the relationship. These questions focus more on understanding mathematical relationships and less on actual mathematical calculations.

Mathematical Problem-Solving
Mathematical Problem-Solving questions require you to use various mathematical formulas and processes to solve for the correct answer to the given problems. These are multiple-choice questions that can have either one or multiple correct answers. These questions may also require you to input your own answer without being provided any answer choices to select from.

Data Interpretation
Data interpretation questions require you to interpret data from charts and graphs in order to solve for the correct answer. These questions are a sub-set of the Mathematical Problem-Solving questions and occur as part of a set where you will use one chart or graph to answer multiple questions.

Tips for the GRE exam

Learn all about the structure of the test and the new question types, get resources for additional practice and information on the new GRE, and hear advice on how to study and prepare for the exam. The following video provides an overview of the GRE and explains how to make the most of your study time. The following video gives a GRE test review. It explains what you should know about the GRE before you get going with GRE prep.

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