Sections that you must attend while taking GRE Test
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
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.
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.
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.
The section has 28
questions to be completed in 45 minutes.
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