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GRE Examination Syllabus

The first two sections of the GRE test are Analytical Writing sections. The duration of the two tasks to be completed as part of the Analytical Writing section lasts 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes).

The objective type questions in the GRE test starts from the third section. The third section is a 30 minutes - 30 questions verbal section and the fourth section is a 45 minutes - 28 questions Quantitative section.

The GRE Verbal section comprises about 6 Sentence Completion questions, 7 Analogy questions, 8 Reading Comprehension questions and 9 Antonym questions. You will have 30 minutes to answer these 30 questions. Please remember as GRE is a computer adaptive test, you will not be allowed to skip a question or come back to the previous question. Take a lot of care before you mark an answer.

The GRE Quantitative section comprises 28 questions. About 14 of these questions are problem solving questions while the other 14 are quantitative comparison questions. Data analysis questions also form a part of the quantitative section of the GRE test. You will have a total of 45 minutes to answer these 28 questions.

GRE Analytical Writing Ability
This section replaced the multiple choice Analytical Reasoning section.  It tests the ability to analyze issues as well as the writing ability through 2 essays. Watch this space for forthcoming material on preparing for these essays.
 Following are some writing sample statements:

  1. Education comes not from books but from practical experience.

  2. Scientific inquiry is rooted in the desire to discover, but there is no discovery so important that in its pursuit a threat to human life can be tolerated.

  3. Politicians too often base their decisions on what will please the voters, not on what is best for the country.

  4. An understanding of the past is necessary for solving the problems of the present.

  5. Wealthy politicians cannot offer fair representation to all the people.

  6. In a free society, laws must be subject to change.


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