Pattern of the GRE exam:-GRE exam paper is categorized in 4 sections viz. verbal section, quantitative section, experimental section and writing skill section. The first three sections are of MCQ (multiple choice questions) type while the fourth section tests candidate’s analytical writing skill.
Information about MCQ based Aptitude section:-
- Verbal Section:-The time allotted for this section is 30 minutes and consists of 30 questions. This section basically consists of synonyms and antonyms (vocabulary testing), sentence & passage completion and reading comprehension. This MCQ based section has lower average score in comparison to quantitative section and is graded on the scale of 200-800, with 10 point increment.
- Quantitative Section: - This section consists of total 28 questions and time allocated for this section is 45 minutes. This section basically consists of 10 discrete quantitative questions, 4 data interpretation questions and 14 quantitative comparison questions. The grading range for this section is same as that of verbal section i.e. 200-800 on 10 point increment basis.
- Experimental Section: - This section is not completely defined as ETS is expiring with this section to zero on the type of questions to include for future use. This section score is not included while calculating the candidate average score. The experimental section consists of questions ranging from anywhere in between verbal to quantitative or analytic writing.
Information about Analytical Writing section: - This section consists of 2 essays of different type; one is based on argumentative task while other is based on Issue task.
1. Argumentative Task writing section: - This section is allocated 30 minutes time for completing the essay. In this section candidate is given a piece of argument and the applicant has to analyze the argument and present his/her view in criticism style.
2. Issue Task Writing Section: - This section is allocated 45 minutes time for completing the essay. And unlike the argumentative task section, here candidate is provided with some options while selecting one issue based essay topic to write upon.