TEST Format

The generalized GRE is a multiple-choice test that measures verbal, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills. The test format permits the students to skip questions within a section, go back and change answers and the flexibility to choose which questions within a section they want to answer first and so on, for more info please contact our experts.

GRE evaluates the students based upon the following skills and expertise:

  • Analytical Writing– It is a single section separated with two timed tasks. This section measures analytical writing skills and critical thinking. It specifically measures a student’s ability to articulate and support ideas that are complex in nature both clearly and effectively.
  • Verbal Reasoning– It comprises two different sections. This section measures a student’s ability to analyze and evaluate given task. It measures the ability to analyze relationships between parts of sentences and recognize relationships between ideas and term.
  • Quantitative Reasoning – It comprises two different mathematical sections. This section measures student’s problem-solving capability and emphasizes on basic concepts of mathematics like algebra, arithmetic, data analysis and geometry, etc.
  • Experimental or research: This section comes mostly in the end of the all writing section and the topics will be varying all the time. That’s why this section is called as experimental or research section. For this section there will no mark deduction or in other words this section will not hammer your performance in the test.


Section Number of Questions Time
Analytical Writing Valuation(One section with two separately timed tasks) ‘Analysis of an Issue’ task and ‘Analysis of an argument’ task 30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning(Two sections) 20 questions per section 30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning(Two sections) 20 questions per section 35 minutes per section
Experimental/Research Varies Varies



Analytical Writing 1 2 essay topics 30 min. per essay 0 – 6
Verbal Reasoning 2 20 30 min. per section 130 – 170
Quantitative Reasoning 2 20 35 min. per section 130 – 170

Total Time: 3 hours and 45 minutes approximately.

Writing section: Unscored and Research Sections

In addition, there may be a 30 or 35-minute ‘Unscored’ section, which may come at any point after the Analytical Writing Section. It can be possible that, in place of the ‘unscored’ section there may be a 30 or 35-minute ‘Research’ section, which always comes at the end of the test. Both the Unscored and Research sections usually involve of an extra ‘Quantitative’ or ‘Verbal’ Reasoning section. The ETS® uses the Research section for testing new kinds of questions. The Unscored section is also used to make sure that the level of difficulty in different editions of the test and in separate tests is the same. So, neither of the sections adds to a test-taker’s actual score. The test-taker will know that there are 3 Verbal or 3 Quantitative sections instead of 2. Because, if an unscored section appears in the test, there is usually no way of identifying which section is unscored. So, all sections have to be attempted equally seriously. The Research section however, always comes at the end and therefore can be easily recognized and skipped.

There will be a break of 10 minutes after the second section and small breaks of around 1 minute between the other sections, bringing the total test timing to about 3 hours 45 minutes.

Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning Score Scales

The score scale of 130-170 with 1 point increment are same for both Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections. The more you answer the question in the allotted time, more you will score in this section. In each and every section, all questions add equally to the final score.