The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test provides US graduate schools with common measures to evaluate applicants. The exam tests quantitative, verbal and analytical writing skills that have been developed over a long period of time. Research shows that scores on the GRE General Test consistently predict graduate school students’ performance and grades.
The GRE is not only a criterion for admission into graduate school. Often GRE scores will be used to ascertain eligibility for merit-based fellowships and grants, in addition to teaching and research assistantships. To limit the application pool, cut off points are established for GRE scores by numerous programmes, particularly those at large state schools, while others use GRE scores to directly establish the amount of financial support you receive. Investing effort and time in your GRE preparation today can help you achieve entry into the US grad school of your choice and enhance your chances of receiving financial aid.
The GRE Revised General Test
The new GRE revised test launched in August 2011. Changes were made to the content, design, score scales, and content and length
Changes To Content
The Verbal Reasoning section now places a higher importance on higher cognitive skills; the Quantitative Reasoning section still tests basic math skills, but focuses on real-life scenarios and data interpretation; the Analytical Writing section asks test takers to provide more focused responses to answers.
Changes To Test Design
Test takers are able to change their answers, skip questions, use an on-screen calculator and more to provide a more flexible experience while utilising personal test-taking strategies.
Changes To Score Scales
The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning are now measured on a 130-170 score scale, in 1-point increments.
Changes To Structure And Length
The test is now 3 hours and 45 minutes and is divided into 6 sections. The Analytical Writing section always comes first, while the remaining sections may follow in any order.