GRE Exam Pattern 2021

GRE Exam 2020: Can be attempted any number of times with a gap of 21 days between each attempt with an annual upper bound of 5 times per year.

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GRE 2021 Exam Pattern

Structure of the Computerised GRE Test

Measure Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing
(One section with two separately timed tasks)
One “Analyze an Issue” task and one “Analyze 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
Unscored Section (Will not be identified)/Research Section(Will be identified) Varies Varies
  • The Analytical Writing section will always precede all other test sections.
  • The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Experimental Section may appear in any order.
  • There is an on-screen calculator for use in the Quantitative Reasoning section to reduce the emphasis on computation and to ensure that the student focuses more attention on reasoning skills.

Note on Uncensored and Research Section

Both of these sections are unscored –

Unscored Section:

  • Will not be identified
  • Can appear anywhere after the Analytical Writing Section

Research Section:

  • Will be identified
  • Will always appear at the end.

GRE Marking Scheme

Three scores are reported on the GRE General Test Score-Card – Verbal Reasoning, Quant Reasoning and Analytical Writing. Here is the breakup:

Section Min. Score Max Score. Increments (Inc. in marks per correct answer)
Verbal Reasoning 130 170 1-point increments
Quantitative Reasoning 130 170 1-point increments
Analytical Writing 0 6 1/2-point increments
  • The score is expressed out of 340, i.e., your verbal and quant score combined. Hence, when candidates state their score they may very often mention it out of 340.
  • Analytical Writing is marked as a separate score out of 6.