GRE Syllabus 2018
Ranjini Basu, 09 Mar 2018, #GRE
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GRE Syllabus 2018: ETS®- Educational Testing Service, the GRE® exam conducting body has prescribed two sets of GRE 2018 Syllabus as the test is conducted in two formats; GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test. The GRE Syllabus 2018 is entirely different for both General GRE and Subject GRE tests. While the GRE General test measures a candidate’s verbal reasoning ability, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills, the GRE Subject Test evaluates the candidate’s expertise in specific fields like Biology, Literature, Mathematics, among others. The difference in both the formats is reflected in the GRE test pattern. Also, both the tests use different yardsticks to measure the candidate's proficiency. While the GRE general test is scored on a scale of 130-170, the subjects tests are scored on a 200-990 scale. In this article, candidates can check the complete GRE Syllabus of all the three sections.


According to the GRE syllabus 2018, the General GRE test format covers three sections. They are:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Analytical Writing

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GRE 2018 Syllabus - Verbal Reasoning:

The verbal reasoning section comprises of three types of questions- Reading Comprehension, Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence. As per the GRE syllabus 2018, the Verbal Reasoning section measures a candidate's ability to:

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  • Analyse and draw conclusions, understand and add value to incomplete data; identify the   perception of the author;

  • Identify vital points and differentiate between relevant and irrelevant points;

  • Understand and summarise the structure of a text;

  • Understand the given words, sentences and entire texts; ability to focus on the meaning of the entire sentence

  • Understand relationships among words and among concepts.

Aspiring candidates can view the detailed analysis of the Verbal reasoning section along with sample questions here-


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GRE Syllabus 2018 - Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning section of GRE test evaluates a candidate's ability to:

  • Understand and analyse quantitative information

  • Solve problems using mathematical models

  • Interpret quantitative information appropriately

  • Apply basic mathematical skills and concepts of Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Data Interpretation.

Candidates can get a detailed analysis of Quantitative Reasoning here-

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GRE 2018 Syllabus- Analytical Writing

The Analytical Writing section of GRE exam evaluates a candidate's ability to:

  • Articulate complex ideas effectively and with clarity

  • Support ideas with relevant reasons and examples

  • Examine claims and accompanying evidence

  • Sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion

Aspiring candidates can view the detailed analysis of the Analytical Writing section along with sample questions here-


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The syllabus of GRE 2018 pertaining to the GRE Subject test format:

As per the GRE syllabus 2018, the GRE subject test judges a candidate’s knowledge in a specific field of academic study. These subject tests are emphasized by the undergraduate programs. Candidates must note that not every graduate program asks for a Subject Test, so one needs to ensure that the program which he/she has chosen requires taking the desired Subject Test of GRE.

The Subject Test of GRE is available only in the paper-and-pencil version.

The Subject Test is for candidates who have extensive knowledge in any one of the mentioned seven disciplines.



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Subject Tests of GRE are meant to test your knowledge and skill level in a particular subject area.


Points to Remember for GRE Subject Test-

  • Aspiring students planning to appear for the GRE Subject test are advised to do so during the month of November.

  • The student should register himself/herself six weeks before the exam date.

  • It takes another six weeks before the Subject test results are made available to the test takers.

  • The advantage of appearing for the GRE Subject test in November is that the scores will be available to the student before the deadline for the respective admission dates of most foreign institutes.

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GRE is a standardised test conducted by ETS® is accepted for admission to various disciplines at many graduate and business schools worldwide. It is available at more than 1,000 test centres in more than 160 countries. Aspirants can opt to take the test once every 21 days and dates are available around the year. It is offered as a computer-delivered test at most locations around the world and as a paper-delivered test up to three times a year in areas where computer-delivered testing is not available. However, before registering for GRE one must make sure that seats are available on that specified date. There are no specific GRE Eligibility Criteria stated by the officials of ETS. Aspirants can apply for the test irrespective of age and qualification. However, applicants have to keep in mind the eligibility criteria of the respective universities they are applying to. Prospective test takers are also urged to read up a little on how GRE is scored as it will help to understand the exam pattern better resulting in remarkable scores.

The conducting authority of GRE test, Educational Testing Service (ETS), however, does not have any selection procedure of its own to measure the test scores of GRE aspirants. The final selection procedure depends on the particular institute the candidate applies to.

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where i would get syllabus of GRE

Payal 10th Nov, 2019

Hii aspirants

let me clear your doubt.

GRE Test Pattern consist of  three sections- Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning.

and here I am providing you link to get the syllabus of gre

I hope my answer will be helpful for you

Good luck


after my graduation in law from India can I give the GRE exam to study law for masters abroad?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 8th Nov, 2019


yes you can appear In GRE exam to get admission in foreign universities to masters course in law. I have mentioned some university name which accept GRE score :

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how much marks we want in GRE to take admission in USA

Ronak Gala Student Expert 6th Nov, 2019

To get some top universities of USA, you need to score almost 320+ / 340 in GRE. Because getting 260 marks in GRE is almost fixed since maximum people even the unprepared ones pass the 260 marks barrier. And there is a huge competition after 320 for a single single mark. So keep your targets high and work well for it.

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is b. tech IT eligible for GRE

Devraj choudhary Student Expert 31st Oct, 2019


Yes, you are eligible for GRE. It depends upon the college you choose and course you want to persue. But you will be definitely eligible for some of college. For more detail check this link

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Well, i had done my Master in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Now, i wondering to do PHD in same stream. So. i want to know about that what should i prepare IELTS or GRE? If GRE then please elaborte by the GRE exam beacues i have no cue anout this exam.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 28th Oct, 2019

Dear Rajni, IELTS is a Language proficiency exam taken by non native English speaking students to check their English skills before entering a Native English speaking country for higher studies or employment, etc. GRE is an exam written by students who are looking for admission to Graduate, Master and Doctoral programmes. If you are planning on going abroad for Ph.D, GRE helps you than IELTS. GRE has 2 formats in it namely GRE General Test and GRE Subject test. For more information on GRE, please visit our page at:

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