The Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

About GRE

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most graduate schools in the United States. Created and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in 1949, the exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not entirely based on any specific field of study outside of the GRE itself.


There is no specific eligibility criterion for GRE. However, various universities that accept GRE scores have their own criteria of admission.


Section No. of questions
Analytical Writing (One section with two separately timed tasks) Task 1 - Analyse an Issue
Task 2 - Analyse an Argument task
Verbal Reasoning (Two sections) 20 questions per section
Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections) 20 questions per section
Unscored* Varies
Research** Varies

*Unscored: This section will not be declared explicitly and can appear in any order after Analytical Writing section. Questions in this section are being tried out either for possible use in future tests or to ensure that scores on new editions of the test are comparable to scores from earlier editions.

**Research: This section will be declared explicitly and, if included, will appear at the end of the test instead of the Unscored section. Questions in this section are included for ETS research purposes.