The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admission requirement for some master’s level colleges in the United States, in other English-speaking nations, and for English-taught graduate and business programs around the world. Made and directed by Educational Testing Service (ETS) in 1949, the exam means to quantify verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing section, and basic intuition aptitudes that have been procured over a drawn-out stretch of time and that are not identified with a particular field of study.

The GRE consists of:

The Verbal Reasoning section measures your ability to analyze and draw conclusions from discourse, understand multiple levels of meaning, select important points and understand the meanings of sentences and entire texts.

The Quantitative Reasoning section measures your ability to interpret and analyze quantitative information and use mathematical skills such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics to solve problems.

The Analytical Writing section measures your ability to sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion, articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively, support your ideas with relevant examples, and examine claims and accompanying evidence.


The overall testing time for the paper-delivered GRE® General Test is about three hours and 30 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the second section.

When taking a Verbal Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning segment, you are free, inside that segment, to skip questions and return to them later or change the answer to an inquiry.

There are paper-conveyed counterparts for the vast majority of the question types, including content completions and numeric entries.

Answers are entered into the test book, instead of a different answer sheet. You will be given an ETS calculator to use amid the Quantitative Reasoning segment; you may not utilize your own calculator.