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Getting an advanced degree can create many opportunities for students. The GRE® revised General Test, which is widely accepted graduate admissions test worldwide — can bring you one step closer to achieving your career goals. And there has never been a better time to take the one test that gives you more opportunities for your future.
Introduced on August 1, 2011, the GRE revised General Test features new types of questions that more closely reflect the kind of thinking you’ll do — and the skills you need to succeed — in today's demanding graduate and business school programs. It is designed to provide a friendlier, more flexible test-taking experience. Get a look at the structure of the computer-based and paper-based GRE revised General Test.
Computer-based GRE® revised General Test Content and Structure
The overall testing time for the computer-based GRE® revised General Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.
Structure of the Computer-based Test
The Analytical Writing section will always be first, while the other five sections may appear in any order.
Test Design Features
The GRE revised General Test design features advanced technology that allows you to freely move forward and backward throughout an entire section. Specific features include:
To experience the test design features of the computer-based test, download POWERPREP® II software.
Paper-based GRE® revised General Test Content and Structure
The overall testing time for the paper-based GRE® revised General Test is about three hours and 30 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the second section.
Structure of the Paper-based Test
The Analytical Writing sections will always be first, while the other four sections may appear in any order.
Test Design Features
To familiarize yourself with the paper-based test, try the full-length practice test in the Practice Book for the Paper-based GRE® revised General Test (PDF).
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