GRE Test Pattern 2020
Updated on Dec 4, 2019 - 12:05 p.m. IST by Ridhi.Khurana
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GRE Test Pattern 2020 - The Educational Testing Service (ETS) releases the GRE 2020 exam pattern for aspirants. GRE test pattern 2020 reflects the details related to GRE question paper as to how many questions will be asked and what pattern is followed. There are two modes in which the GRE is conducted, Computer delivered and Paper delivered test. There are mainly three skills to be focussed upon in GRE exam pattern for General test- verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. The three sections have three different GRE exam duration 2020 as announced by the authorities. Talking about the GRE subject test, candidates are asked questions based on the specific subject like Biology, Chemistry, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. The article below contains the facts related with the GRE exam pattern to be referred by aspirants appearing for GRE 2020.

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Candidates can opt for any one of the GRE test formats they wish to appear for and the mention of the same must be made during the GRE registration. The GRE test pattern 2020 of both the formats are quite similar. According to ETS, candidates can take the online GRE revised General Test once in every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period. The GRE 2020 test pattern in both the formats vary along with accordance to the GRE Syllabus.

GRE Test Pattern 2020

As per the GRE test pattern 2020, the total duration of the Computer-delivered GRE General test is 3 hours 45 minutes.

There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section. According to the GRE Test pattern 2020, the Unscored and the Research section do not count toward the actual GRE 2020 score. Research section may be included in place of the Unscored section. The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections are scored on 130–170 scales.

GRE Test Pattern for Computer Delivered Test

The Sections

Number of Questions

Allotted Time

Analytical Writing

One "Analyse an Issue" task and one "Analyse an Argument" task

30 minutes per task

Verbal Reasoning

(2 Sections)

20 questions per section

30 minutes per section

Quantitative Reasoning

(2 Sections)

20 questions per section

35 minutes per section

Unscored

Will vary

Will vary

Research

Will vary

Will vary

*10 Minute break following the Section 3

GRE Test Pattern for Paper-Delivered Test

The Sections

Number of Questions

Allotted Time

Analytical Writing

(2 Sections)

Section 1- "Analyse an Issue" task

Section 2-"Analyse an Argument" task

30 minutes per task

Verbal Reasoning

(2 Sections)

25 questions per section

35 minutes per section

Quantitative Reasoning

(2 Sections)

25 questions per section

40 minutes per section

* 10 Minute break following the Section 2

GRE Exam Pattern 2020 - Section Wise Details

The detailed study of the three sections of the GRE General test in accordance with the GRE Test pattern 2020 are stated below:

GRE 2020 Test Pattern - Verbal Reasoning

This section evaluates candidates’ proficiency level with English text and grammar. The Verbal Reasoning section of the GRE Test Pattern 2020 covers three areas:

  • Analyse and evaluate content information

  • Assess the candidates’ ability to analyse relationships between different parts of sentences

  • Distinguish between concepts and words and their relationships

Prospective test takers can check the sample questions of the Verbal Reasoning section of the GRE 2020 Test Pattern here:

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GRE Test Pattern 2020 - Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning section tests candidates’ ability to analyse the quantitative information and apply mathematical skills and elementary mathematical concepts pertaining to Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Data Interpretation.

The Quantitative Reasoning section of the GRE Test consists of four types of questions:

  • Quantitative Comparison Questions

  • Multiple-choice Questions- Select One Answer Choice

  • Multiple-choice Questions- Select One or More Answer Choices

  • Numeric Entry Questions

The calculators are made available to the test takers when they are attempting the Quantitative Reasoning section. Computer-based test candidates get an on-screen calculator and paper-based candidates are provided one by the test centre.

Aspiring candidates can check the sample questions of the Quantitative Reasoning section of the GRE Test Pattern 2020 here:

Download Quantitative Reasoning Sample paper from here

GRE 2020 Test Pattern- Analytical Writing

The Analytical Writing section evaluates candidates’ ability to:

  • Articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively

  • Provide relevant reasons and instances to support the stated views on specific ideas

  • Analyse claims and information provided

  • Coherently, effectively, and logically discuss a topic in English

According to the test pattern of GRE 2020, the Analytical Writing section of the GRE Test has two separately timed analytical writing tasks:

  • Analyse an Issue task: This task evaluates candidates' ability to think critically about a topic and express their thoughts in writing.

  • Analyse an Argument task: This task assesses candidates' ability to understand, analyse and evaluate arguments and convey their evaluation in writing.

Aspiring candidates will be able to check the sample questions of the Analytical Writing section of the GRE Test Pattern 2020 here.

Download Analytical Writing Sample paper from here

GRE Subject Test - GRE Test Pattern 2020

Biology Test:

This test consists of approximately 190 five-choice questions, based on descriptions of laboratory and field situations, diagrams or experimental results. The content is organised into three areas: cellular and molecular biology, organismal biology and ecology and evolution. Equal weight is given to each of these three areas. In addition to the total score, a SubScore in each of these subfield areas is reported.

Chemistry Test:

The test consists of 130 multiple-choice questions. A periodic table is printed in the test booklet as well as a table of information presenting various physical constants and a few conversion factors among SI units.

Literature in English Test:

This test consists of 230 questions on poetry, drama, biography, the essay, the short story, the novel, criticism, literary theory and the history of the language. Some questions are based on short works reprinted in their entirety, others on excerpts from longer works. The test draws on literature in English from the British Isles, the United States and other parts of the world.

Mathematics Test:

As per the GRE test pattern 2020, this test consists of 66 multiple-choice questions drawn from courses commonly offered at the undergraduate level. Approximately 50 per cent of the questions involves calculus and its applications. About 25 per cent of the questions in the test are in elementary Algebra, Linear Algebra, Abstract.

Physics Test:

This test consists of 100 five-choice questions, based on diagrams, graphs, experimental data and descriptions of physical situations. The aim of the test is to determine the extent of the examinees' grasp of fundamental principles and their ability to apply these principles to solve problems.

Psychology Test:

The test consists of approximately 205 multiple-choice questions as per the GRE test pattern 2020. Each question has five options from which the examinee has to select the correct option or best answer. Stimulus materials, such as a description of an experiment or a graph, may serve as the basis for several questions.

Candidates kindly note-

The Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Test GRE Subject test is no longer available. Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology test has been discontinued since December 2016. For candidates who have taken this test in 2015-2016, the scores of this test can be reported for the next five years. Also, The GRE Computer Science Test was discontinued following the April 2013 test administration.

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GRE is conducted round the year at more than 1,000 GRE 2020 test centres and in more than 160 countries. The GRE scores are used as one of the selection parameters for many graduate schools worldwide. Aspirants can take the test once every 21 days and GRE test dates can be chosen by the candidates. What makes the exam so flexible is that there are no specific GRE eligibility criteria 2020. Aspirants can apply for the test irrespective of age and qualification. However, since the test is taken for admission to Graduate programmes, it is generally taken by students who have completed or will be completing their undergraduate programme at the time of final admission.

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hi I always want to crack GRE is that possible

Fareeha 17th Feb, 2020

Hi aspirant!
Yes, you may be able to crack the GRE exam easily with hard work and determination.

Please check the link below which has the much needed information about the exam, pattern and syllabus. Hope it helps. Good luck!

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I am a student of galgotias university and my gre score is 310 and having 8+ cgpa in mechanical engineering. I done two intenships one from DRDO and other one from Indian railway. Also i had done two research paper. What are my chances of getting technical university of Munich or Berlin.?

dheeraj reddy 14th Feb, 2020

Hi sajal

As far as CGPA is considered, you meet the minimum requirement stated by both the TUs. Also as you know, for selection, your overall profiles matters. I see you have mentioned 2 research papers. They would add a great value to your application if they are relevant to the Masters you are applying.

GRE is not mandatory for TU Berlin and most of the programs in TUM too.

You would need an IELTS score of minimum 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 88 for clearing language requirements.

You would need German language proficiency of atleast C1 level ( only if you are applying for a course with German taught modules). Also even for english taught programs, having a basic German proficiency of A2 level would greatly help in your application.

For TUM, they might conduct a further aptitude assessment depending on the strength of your application.

Your internships would add value only if they are relevant to your field of study (the Masters you are applying).

Apart from the above mentioned, Your Statement of Purpose (SOP) / Letter of Motivation and Letters of Recommendation would also have a key impact on your application. Make sure you describe well how your past experiences ( internships, research exp, any work exp) and the masters program you are going to undertake would help in your future goals.

I hope I was helpful to you. Remember again , your overall profile matters. Don't be discouraged if you fall short in any one of the aspects.

With research papers, internships, you are already ahead of several applicants. You have a good chance for any Masters degree relevant to Mechanical Engineering. Goodluck!



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Sir, I would like to do my masters in biotechnology for that what type of GRE test should I apply I mean like GRE general test or GRE subject test (biology)

Swatika Sharma 24th Jan, 2020

Hello Greeshma,

As you didn't mention anything so I'm expecting you to be an undergraduate or you are pursuing it. First of all, I recommend you choose what you want to accomplish in future: Do you want to do your postgraduate, Abroad or in India itself?

GRE (Graduation Record Examination) is a universally comprehended exam which is supervised by ETS ( Education Testing Services). GRE examination is taken by future aspirants for postgraduate programs in foreign universities and its score are approved in over 160 countries colleges and universities across the world. GRE exam is conducted in two types such as- GRE general test and GRE subject test.

GRE general test is the primary requirements for most of the postgraduate programs in Abroad or in India which consists of verbal perception, analytical writing and quantitative reasoning while GRE subject test is specifically for subjects which you are looking for like biology.

In India, there are very few technical colleges which are accepting GRE scores but for not the same course you are opting for, while there are so many colleges or universities in Abroad which approved or accepted GRE scores.

In my opinion, the GRE general test should be given for admission in Postgraduate programs.  Along with the GRE general test, it's best for you to give the subject test (in biology ) which give extra weightage to your academic record either it's your choice.

Hope its help!!

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Graduation in dental surgery(5yr)+3 yr work ex. Masters in hopsital admin(2 yr) + 3 yr of work ex. Wish to pursue PhD in health allied course in USA. Am i eligible to apply also how much GRE score would be required to apply for a good university?

Fareeha 17th Feb, 2020

Hi aspirant!
Yes, you are definitely eligible to pursue PhD from USA.

Kindly look up for edibility criteria for the colleges where you wish to apply. Some colleges do not require GRE scores for admissions in PhD. The criteria differs in each college.

However, you may have to appear for TOEFL/IELTS. Usually scores between 98-120 is accepted in most of the colleges.

Good Luck!

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What is GRE? What is its use? What is its qualifications?

Kanupriya Gupta 19th Jan, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

GRE is also called Graduate Record Examination and it tests your verbal reasoning skills, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. It is a 3 hour and 45 minutes test and it is mandatory if you are applying for a Masters or Doctorate in the US. It is computer-based. You also have the option of taking it multiple times and there is a limit of taking it the maximum five times in a year. You can attempt it only once in 21 days. These scores are valid for 5 years. For the verbal and quantitative section, GRE score falls around 150 to 152. If you get 165 you are have secured close to 95%. In the section of analytical writing, an average score would be 3.5, 6 being the highest.

The paper is as follows:

You will have to write two essays for the analytical writing section within the time limit of 30 minutes where you will have to analyse one argument and one issue.

You will face 20 questions in verbal and quantitative learning each.

There is an unsecured section at the end of the exam which is a dummy and does not carry marks but is to be filled so that the conducting body can get information about the candidate.

Countries like USA, Canada, Singapore, Australia and UK accept GRE scores. Other than determining your eligibility, GRE seems to enhance a candidates profile. Taking subject tests in GRE seems to be an additional advantage for specific courses abroad.

Hope this helps. All the best!


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