GRE Exam Pattern 2023

GRE Exam Pattern 2023

GRE Computer Based vs GRE Paper-Based Pattern

Candidates should note that while the GRE exam pattern is available in both GRE Computer-based mode and GRE Paper-based mode. But, candidates taking the GRE test from India can only appear for the GRE Computer-based module. The GRE paper-based module is only available for those places that have limitations to the use of computers.

Computer-Based GRE Pattern

For the computer-based GRE paper pattern, each of these GRE sections is further divided into two sub-sections with forty questions in total (Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning). Analytical Writing has only one section that contains two tasks with a time duration of one hour. Apart from these main sections, there are two other variable sections included in the computer-based pattern exam. This section is followed by a ten-minute break after the Quantitative Reasoning part is complete. However, these two variable sections - The unscored and Research section - are not included in the final GRE Scores.

GRE Paper Pattern for GRE Computer-Based Test

The GRE test format is as follows:-

Analytical Writing

The GRE test format for GRE Analytical Writing includes two separately timed analytical writing tasks of thirty minutes each:
Analyze an Issue
Analyze an Argument

Issue Task

This task is meant to assess the persuasive in writing skills and critical thinking that you have developed through your education.

Argument Task

This task is intended to assess analytical writing and informal reasoning skills.

Verbal Reasoning

The GRE test format for Verbal Reasoning broadly consists of three different categories of questions that are divided into two sections of 30 minutes each and they are:
Reading comprehension
Text completion
Sentence Equivalence.

This section consists of English-Vocab and Passage. If you want to attain a good score in this section, you must be really good with vocabulary part of this section.

Quantitative Reasoning

The GRE test format for GRE Quantitative Reasoning includes two separately timed analytical writing tasks of thirty-five minutes each. The topics covered under GRE Quantitative Reasoning include:
Basic mathematical skills,
Understanding of elementary mathematical concepts,
Ability to solve problems with quantitative methods and
Subjects covered under the GRE Quantitative Reasoning (GRE Math Section) includes :- a) Algebra, b)Arithmetic, c) Data analysis & d) Geometry.

GRE Sections Paper-based GRE Pattern Computer-based GRE Pattern

No. of Sections


No. of Sections


Analytical Writing

2 sections- 2 tasks

60 minutes

1 section- two tasks

60 minutes

Verbal Reasoning

2 section- 50 questions

70 minutes

2 section- 40 questions

60 minutes

Quantitative Reasoning

2 section- 50 questions

80 minutes

2 section- 40 questions

70 minutes

The total duration of the GRE test is 3 hours and 45 minutes.

GRE Subject Test- In addition to the general test, it comprises of 6 tests
Subjects Number of Questions Time



170 minutes



170 minutes

English Literature


170 minutes



170 minutes



170 minutes



170 minutes


What is the full form of GRE?

GRE is the Graduate Record Examination.

Why GRE Test?

The Graduate Record Examination, or GRE, is an important step in the graduate school or business school application process. The GRE is a multiple-choice, computer-based, standardized exam that is often required for admission to graduate programs and graduate business programs (MBA) globally.

Who conducts the GRE?

The GRE is administered by ETS and given at Prometric testing centers. Visit ETS to register. The GRE costs $220 in most locations.

Where is the Educational Testing Service (ETS) headquarter located?

Educational Testing Service (ETS) headquarter is located in Princeton, New Jersey, United States.

From where does a student can register for the GRE test?

You can register the test online at The GREŽ General Test or Contacts for GREŽ Test Takers , by phone Call at 1-800-GRE-CALL (1-800-473-2255) to register for the test.

What things does an aspirant need to register for a GRE exam?

For booking a slot for the GRE test candidates would require a debit or credit card to pay the registration fee of US $228 and have a valid passport or Aadhar Card during the registration process.

What is the eligibility criteria for the GRE test?

ETS has set no specific eligibility criteria for the GRE Test. Anyone can register for this test, irrespective of age or qualifications.

What is the age limit for GRE?

There are no age and qualification based criteria for the GRE test.

What is the validity of GRE Test scorecard?

The validity of GRE Test scorecard is 5 years.

From where a student can download the admit card?

Once the applicant has successfully registered and logged in to the ETS-GRE website, he/she has to book the GRE Test by choosing the test centre and the desired test date according to their convenience and availability. The applicant will receive a confirmation email to their registered email id as the acknowledgement of the completion of the application form. This confirmation email by the ETS-GRE acts as the GRE Admit Card or call letter.

Will students get a refund of their application form?

Students will not get a full refund if they cancel their test. The best they can get is a 50% refund by cancelling at least four days before the test.

Is there cancellation charges for GRE test?

No, there is no cancellation charges for the GRE test.

What is the structure of the GRE Test?

The GRE test consists of 3 sections:
1. Analytical Writing,
2. Verbal Reasoning &
3. Quantitative Reasoning.

Is there any negative marking in the GRE Test?

No, there is no negative marking in the GRE Test. To maximize your scores on the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures, it's best to answer every question.

When students receive their online score report?

Your official GRE test scores will be available in your account on the GRE website 10-15 days after your test date.

What is the duration of the test?

The total duration of the GRE test is 3 hours and 45 minutes.

What are the fees of the GRE test 2023?

The fees of the GRE test is about US $205. The GRE fee in India is about $228 and is subject to change based on the foreign exchange rates at the time of registration.

When will GRE test be conducted in 2023?

The dates of GRE exam can be checked in "GRE Exam Dates 2023" section.

What is the score range of GRE Test 2023?

The range of scores for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures of the GREŽ General Test is 130 to 170, in one-point increments. The range of scores for the Analytical Writing measure is 0 to 6, in half-point increments. The scoring range for each GRE Subject Test is between 200 and 990, with 10-point increments. The Physics and Psychology Subject Tests have subscores on a 20-99 score scale, with one-point increments.

What if a student wants to reschedule the date, time or location of the GRE test 2023?

If a student wants to reschedule the date, time or location of the test, you have to pay a rescheduling fee of USD $50.

Will student require a passport for GRE Test 2023?

Yes, a student will require a passport for GRE Test. Passport is the only identity proof which GRE test centre accepts.

Can the student wear jeans at the test centre?

Yes, a student is advised to wear normal dresses so that they can sit at any room temperature.