A Poets & Quants article offers business school and graduate school applicants an overview of the revised GRE in an article titled “GRE Test Basics: All You Need to Know About the New GRE Revised General Test.”
Here are some of the “Need to Know” facts about the new GRE:
- According to ETS, the new GRE has a more “test-taker friendly design.” Test-takers can skip questions within a section, as well as edit and change answers. The new tech-friendly version also includes an on-screen calculator available for the Quantitative Reasoning section, which will have a much stronger focus on data interpretation.
- Questions in both the Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning sections have been updated to reflect real-life scenarios. These questions represent the kind of thinking that students will do in business school, as well as other graduate programs.
- Test-takers will not be tested on out of context vocabulary. That means no more antonyms or analogies.
- The computer-based test will take three hours and 45 minutes to complete, not including short breaks. The paper-based test (which will be available in places where the computer-based test is unavailable) will take two hours and 15 minutes, plus short breaks.
- Test-takers who take the new GRE between August 1 and September 30 (the first two months that the new test is available) will receive a 50% discount from ETS. Registration for the new test begins on March 15, 2011. If your school requires your test scores before November, then you will need to take the current test before August 1.
Furthermore, the P&Q analysis offers a nice summary of the three sections of the test:
The new test will be composed of three sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. The verbal portion of the test measures your ability to analyze and draw conclusions from discourse, understand multiple levels of meaning, select important points and understand the meanings of sentences and entire texts. The quant section measures your ability to interpret and analyze quantitative information and use mathematical skills such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics to solve problems. And finally the writing portion of the exam measures your ability to sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion, articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively, support your ideas with relevant examples and examine claims and accompanying evidence.
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