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The Graduate Research Exam (GRE) is a standardised test that
is widely accepted by many graduate and business schools for admissions. GRE
scores are asked during admissions as a part of the application process and are
mainly required for specific fields such as engineering, natural sciences,
humanities, etc.

What are the new changes in GRE?

The shorter version of GRE examination was introduced for
reducing the test time. Accordingly, the time taken to declare the results has
been reduced. Here are some key details to be noted for the new shorter GRE.

The test duration of the new shorter GRE has
been reduced to 2 hours 45 minutes instead of 4 hours of the old GRE.

The number of questions in verbal and
quantitative reasoning sections have been reduced, that is, both sections will
have 46 lesser questions.

The 10-minute scheduled break has been removed.

The results of the exams will be declared in
8-10 days unlike the old GRE where results were declared in 10-15 days.

One analytical essay, Analytical writing,
Quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning will remain the same.

The shorter GRE exam will be available in hybrid
mode. This means that the GRE tests will be available for both the GRE at test
centers and the same test taken at home.

What is the new format?

The new format of GRE has 3 sections. Each section has a
specific time allotted. Following table shows the sections and the number of
questions along with the time allotted for it:

Name of the section

No. of sections

No. of questions asked

Time allotted for each section

Analytical Writing    

1 section

1 essay

30 minutes

Quantitative Reasoning

1 section

27 questions

47 minutes

Verbal Reasoning   

2 sections

27 questions

41 minutes

Total duration: 1 hour 58 minutes

Section-wise breakup

Name of the section

No.of questions

Time alloted

Analytical writing

1 essay

30 minutes

Quantitative reasoning -section 1


Quantitative reasoning-section 2

12 questions



15 questions

21 minutes



26 minutes

Verbal reasoning – section 1

12 questions

18 minutes

Verbal reasoning – section 2

15 questions

23 minutes

Total questions and duration

55 questions

1 hour 58 minutes

Who is eligible to take the GRE?

There is no specific age limit for taking the
GRE exam.

The candidate appearing for the GRE exam should
necessarily possess a graduate degree from a recognised university.

The test-takers must provide valid documents
that meet the requirements of the Educational Testing Service (ETS), which
administers the GRE. This usually includes a government-issued photo ID.

Countries that accept GRE:

United States


United Kingdom


European Union

Asian Countries

Middle East

Latin America


What is the difference between the old GRE and the new


New shorter GRE

Fees- Rs.22,500/-

Fees- Rs.22,500/-

Time duration- 4 hours

Time duration- 2 hours

10 minutes scheduled break

No breaks

Results- 10 to 15 days

Results- 8 to 10 days

Only offline mode

Hybrid mode (can appear for exam from home as well)

What is the limit of attempts
for GRE exam?

The exam takes place throughout
the year. The desired candidate can apply for a GRE exam up to 5 times in a
year with a gap of 21 days between each exam.

Guides for GRE examination

As the number of questions have
been reduced instead of the whole format being changed, the applicants of GRE
can still refer to the syllabus/guides that were used for old GRE. Here are
some guides one can refer:

Official GRE guides

Test prep books

Online coaching
through YouTube or any coaching center

Tips to preparing for GRE:

Understand the test
format and time alloted for each section

Use official test
papers as a practise and keep a track of the time accordingly

For getting an idea
of all the sections, one can use GRE prep books

Work on time

Familiarise with the
grading structure, process of elimination,etc.

Do’s and Dont’s for GRE Exam

While preparing for the Graduate
Record Examination (GRE), it is required to follow certain do’s and dont’s in
order to increase the chances of success in the exam. Here are some important
points to be kept in mind


Make a Schedule:

Applicants for GRE must make a
schedule in order to prepare for the exams. Also, time for each section should
be allotted to check the strenghts and weaknesses.

Use Official

Offical GRE materials such as GRE
official guide can be used to prepare for the exams.

Take Practice Tests:

GRE practice tests should be
taken on a regular basis to get a gauge of the progress and test the progress
in the particular section.

Learn Time

By practising the practice tests,
time management skills are sharpened. During the test, it is best to avoid
challenging questions at the start and save it for later.

Revision time:

For brushing the vocabulary,
maths and writing skills. One can use flashcards, learn new words daily, write
and read challenging paragraphs, solve various types of maths problems and
practise writing essays.

Test Day

On the day of the exam, one needs
to bring along the ID and the admission test card.


Make sufficient time
to study for the exam

Do no rely entirely
on prep courses

Guess work should be

Time limits
shouldn’t be ignored

Overlooking test

For further
assistance or queries students can contact us, Edwise International, and avail
of our wide range of services for students on destinations like Universities in USA, study in USA, study in UK, study in Ireland, study in Canada, study in Australia, study in New-Zealand, study in Singapore and many other

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