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The GRE® revised General Test

The GRE general test is meant to measure your overall academic ability and is the standard exam for admission to non-business schools. However, an increasing number of business schools are accepting scores from the GRE exam. Also, not all graduate schools or programs require the GRE. Some schools and programs also require various subject tests, so check with your choice of schools to make sure which exam(s) you need to take. The GRE general exam does NOT test you on any specific facts or pieces of knowledge that you may have learned in any one class.

GRE Scores

For the quantitative and verbal reasoning assessments of the GRE revised General test, the scores range from 130 to 170 points. For the analytic writing section, scores range from 0.0 to 6.0, in half-point increments. There are two verbal and two math sections on the GRE revised General test. The first of both sections is not computer adaptive, but the difficulty of questions that you'll be given for the second section is dependent on how well you did on the first section. The essay section of the GRE is composed on the computer, but both writing tasks are graded by trained readers.

GRE Registration

Registration for the GRE exam is straight-forward. Exam centers are located throughout the world, and most locations are open seven days a week. Registration for the GRE revised General Test is first-come, first-serve, so you want to register as soon as possible for your preferred date and venue. The registration point for Bangladesh is BDBL Bhaban, Dhaka and the registration fee is BDT 18,000 as of 2015.

GRE revised General Test Format

In all cases the Analytical Writing section is the first section of the exam, followed by a 10 minute break. After the break, there are 6 sections: two verbal, two math, an unscored section, and a research section. The research section is always the last section, while the other sections can appear in any order. Therefore, you won’t be able to tell which section is unscored, so you must be sure to do your best on all sections:

Analytic Writing

2 essays, 30 minutes each
The writing section of the GRE is meant to measure your analytical reasoning, organization, and analysis skills. The two essays include an issue essay and an argument essay. There are no right or wrong answers to the essay questions, and the essays will be read and scored by 2 (and possibly 3) readers. For more information about the essay section, and for writing tips, go to the essay tutorial section.

Break

10 minutes

Verbal Reasoning Two sections each with 20 questions, 30 minutes for each section Each section includes a mix of reading comprehension question, text completion, and sentence equivalence questions. Reading comprehension questions are either single answer, multiple answers, or select in passage, while text completion questions will have either one, two, or three blanks. For more information on each of these question types, please see that tutorial section.

Quantitative Reasoning Two sections each with 20 questions, 35 minutes for each section Each quantitative reasoning section (also common called the "Math GRE sections") contains a mix of multiple choice, quantitative analysis, and user input questions. For more information about the quantitative reasoning questions, proceed to the appropriate tutorial.

Unscored Section* An experimental section that will either be a math or a verbal section may also be included on the exam. You will know if you were given a math or verbal experimental section because you will have two of those sections during the test, but you won’t know which of two identical sections will be experimental. The experimental section does not count toward your score, and is used by ETS to try out new questions for possible use in future exams.

Course Outlines

GRE

Course Duration Class Duration Mock test
4 Months 1.5 hours per class 10 online tests
GRE Verbal
Analytical Writing
Integrated Reasoning 6 Hours
Analysis of Argument 9 Hours
Reading Comprehension 12 Hours
Text Completion 9 Hours
Sentence Equivalence 9 Hours
Quantitative Analysis 27 hours
Total Hours: 72 Class Practice & Preparation Total Hours: 72
Updated Course Materials 10 online Tests Experienced Faculty

FAQ

What skills does the test measure?

  • The Verbal Reasoning section measures your ability to analyze and draw conclusions from discourse, understand multiple levels of meaning, select important points and understand the meanings of sentences and entire texts.
  • The Quantitative Reasoning section measures your ability to interpret and analyze quantitative information and use mathematical skills such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics to solve problems.
  • The Analytical Writing section measures your ability to sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion, articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively, support your ideas with relevant examples and examine claims and accompanying evidence.

Where to Register?

The official registration point for Bangladesh is BDBL Bhaban, Dhaka. How much does it cost?
BDT __________

How often can I retake the test?

You can take the computer-delivered test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days). This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously. You may take the paper-delivered test as often as it is offered.

How long is the test?

The total testing time for the computer-delivered test is around three hours and 45 minutes, plus short breaks

Can I use a calculator on the test?

The computer-delivered GRE revised General Test includes an on-screen calculator for use in the Quantitative Reasoning section to reduce the emphasis on computation and to focus more attention on reasoning skills. The calculator has four functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and a square root. For paper-delivered tests, calculators are provided at the test center for use during the test. You may not bring your own calculator. For multiple answer questions, if I get any of the answers correct, do I receive partial credit? For the questions with multiple answers, all of the selections made must be correct in order to receive credit for answering the question correctly.

How long are GRE scores valid?

GRE scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested (July 1–June 30). Currently, scores earned from July 1, 2009, to the present are available.

Can I view my scores online?

Yes. You can view your scores online through My GRE Account.

What scores are reported?

Three scores are reported on the GRE revised General Test:

  • A Verbal Reasoning score is reported on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments.
  • A Quantitative Reasoning score  is reported on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments.
  • An Analytical Writing score  is reported on a 0–6 score level, in half-point increments.