The Graduate Record Examination is a test taken to estimate verbal, mathematical, and analytical skills in students. The Graduated Record Examination is simply known as GRE. This test helps universities or colleges to measure the ability of applicants for advanced education. The students who intend to study business don’t require attending GRE exam. More than two thousand universities in the USA require GRE score from each applicant before permitting them to admit in their university.

The GRE examines the skills on reasoning and comprehension. There is no any minimum qualification indicated for taking GRE. However, the candidate must be a graduated student or about to complete graduation within six coming months.

Generally, the students who want to study Post Graduate level or PhD program in American universities requires to pass the GRE Test. Princeton in New Jersey conducts this exam which is a provide Educational Testing Services.


The GRE test has three distinct sections : Quantitative, Analytical, and Verbal. The Quantitative section has Problem Solving questions, which test your mathematical skills and concepts of roughly the high-school level. The Verbal Section has four types of questions : Antonyms, Analogies, Reading Comprehension, and Sentence Completion. The questions of each type appear in no set sequence. Questions in the Analytical Section test your logical and structural reasoning ability. There are a total of 93 questions, 28 in Quantitative, 35 in Analytical, and 30 in Verbal.

In addition to the objective-type questions test, the GRE exam has introduced the Writing Assessment as a separate test. This test measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, consisting of two analytical writing tasks : (1) “Present your perspective on an issue”, and (2) “Analyze an Argument”. Whether you will actually need to take this test will depend on whether the graduate schools you are planning to apply to require or recommend this test.

There is a one-minute break between each test section. Midway through the testing session, an on-screen message will inform you of the opportunity to take a 10-minute break. Section timing will not stop if you take an unscheduled break.

Section Questions Duration
Verbal 30 30 minutes
Analytical 35 60
Quantitative 28 45 minutes
Experimental Varies Varies

Verbal Section
The verbal section in GRE requires a good vocabulary level, the basic skills of correct English coupled with reasoning and analysis. The 30 questions, to be attempted in 30 minutes, consist of four types : Antonyms, Analogies, Sentence Completion, and Reading Comprehension. The four types are intermingled, with no fixed number for each type.

Analytical Section
This section tests pure analytical and logical reasoning skills, and is akin to the standard “IQ tests”. It has a total of 35 questions, to be attempted in 60 minutes. The questions are based on the interpretation and analysis of some data presented – which may be quantitative data or verbal information.

Quantitative Section
The section tests you on a level of Maths that is comparable to Class 10 mathematics, with questions on Number Systems, Percentages, Fractions & Decimals, Algebra (including Quadratic Equations), Geometry (including Basic Coordinate Geometry), Ratio & Proportion, Area & Volume of 2-D and 3-D figures, and Probability. This list is not exhaustive; questions from beyond these topics may also be asked.