Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) – Fully UPDATED

The GRE is the most widely accepted graduate admissions test in the world. Whether you intend to earn your advanced degree in Physics, Psychology, English, or any other area, the GRE will more than likely be a step you must take towards entering your desired program.

Last year, the GRE was updated and revised to be more test-taker friendly. The test has a new design and new questions to more accurately capture your potential as a graduate student. While part of doing well on the GRE involves good old fashioned studying, knowing the structure and set-up of the exam can also help you complete the test satisfactorily.

Similar to the previous version of the test, the GRE still contains three parts: Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Each part contains two sections representing the complexities within each area. For example, the Analytical Writing portion contains an Issue and Argument essay, which require you to develop an argument and evaluate an argument respectively. Also, unlike the old version of the test, the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning portions of the test are adaptive at the section level instead of the question level. This is not the only major change to the GRE either!

Some other changes worth noting are the on-screen calculator and the mark and review feature. The on-screen calculator appears during the Quantitative Reasoning sections and contains basic mathematical functions (e.g. addition, subtraction, division, etc.). The on-screen calculator also recognizes order of operations. The “Mark” button feature enables test takers to mark and return to questions they want to skip. The review page allows test takers to review all of the questions they marked and the ones they answered or left blank. These are just a few of the new features on the test.

Now that you are aware of some of the changes to the GRE, you are better prepared to take the exam.  If you would like a more thorough review of the changes to the GRE revised edition and tips for tackling the test, visit the sites below.

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