About the GRE

What is the GRE?

The meaning of GRE, it is Graduate Record Examinations, is a standardized and adaptive test (CAT) that constitutes one of the admission requirements to be admitted to the universities where you want to do a postgraduate degree.

Created and administered by the Educational Testing Service (or ETS) in 1949 and aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over an extensive period of time within the academic life and not related to a specific field of study. That is to say, the GRE is a generalist test, except in some very specific cases where in addition and, depending on the postgraduate course to be carried out, they can also request a more specific test in other disciplines: Psychology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics. Biology, English Literature.

The requirements in each university, in terms of the GRE grade, may vary but in general the scores requested is usually higher in more prestigious schools. The importance of a punctuation of GRE in the postgraduate admission process, can range from being a mere formal recognition to an essential selection factor.

Did you know that GRE is an adaptive test by sections? Did you know that there are two different GRE tests? If you want more information, contact one of our study advisors today.

GREit is not a test similar to others that have been done in the university because it does not evaluate only to have a high knowledge in those areas mentioned above. GRE has some peculiarities that are not the usual ones in an exam, except GMAT, which is another of the exams demanded for postgraduate studies. GRE is done on a computer and according to the answers, the following questions are adapted so that others of greater or lesser degree of difficulty come out. The most difficult section for most candidates, as in GMAT, is the verbal reasoning section. The score from GRE You can see it below.

Structure and content

Analytical Writing (1 section) 2 separate writing tasks 30 min. per task ANALYTICS
Verbal Reasoning (2 sections) Approx. 20 questions per section 30 min. per section VERBAL
Quantitative Reasoning (2 sections) Approx. 20 questions per section 35 min. per section QUANTITATIVE
Not rated * Approx. 20 questions 30-35 min. per section
Investigation** It varies It varies


130 - 170 Increase of one point for the Verbal Reasoning Measure.
130 - 170 Increase of one point for the Quantitative Reasoning Measure.
0 - 6 Half point increase for the Analytical Writing Measure.
* A section without unidentified scores that do not count towards scoring can be included and can appear in any order.
** An "identified and random experimental, and non-scoring" section.

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