Revised GRE General Test to be Launched in August 2011
The GRE Revised General Test to be Launched in August 2011
Changes are coming to the computer-adaptive GRE General Test on August 1,
2011. According to the ETS, the official administrator of the GRE, the new GRE
General Test will provide test-takers with more flexibility and greater real-test
experience. The revised GRE will include changes in content, structure, computer-
enabled features, and scoring.
• The new Verbal Reasoning content will test complex reasoning and reduce
reliance on memorization. The new test will feature more questions based on
complex reading passages and less emphasis will be given to knowledge of
• The Quantitative Reasoning part of the revised test will focus more on
elementary mathematics and its application to real-life scenarios.
• The Analytical Writing questions will seek more focused responses requiring
critical thinking and reducing the possibility of spewing out memorized text.
• The test-time for the revised GRE General Test will be 3 hours and 45 minutes,
with a 10 minute break after the third section, and a 1 minute break after each
• The revised GRE test will be divided in 6 sections: (i) one Analytical Reasoning
section, with two separately timed tasks; (ii) two Verbal Reasoning sections; (iii)
two Quantitative Reasoning sections; and (iv) one unscored section, which may be
either Verbal Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning.
• The Analytical Reasoning Section will always be the first section in the new test;
the remaining five may appear in any order.
Computer-Enabled Feature Changes
• The new response format will include entry of computer-enable numeric
• New “preview and review” functionalities within a section.
• Test-takers will be able to skip a question and return to it later by utilizing a new
“mark and review” feature.
• New feature to change/edit answers.
• On-screen calculator will be presented for the Quantitative Reasoning portion.
(For those taking the GRE General Test in paper format, calculators will be
distributed at the test centers during testing).
• The revised Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning portions will be
scored on a new scale of 130-170 points, in 1-point increments.
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