GRE FAQ: Everything You Need to Know Before Your Take the GRE

At Veritas Prep, we know that students have a lot of questions about this critical exam. We are proud to offer GRE prep classes that prepare students to tackle all three sections of the test. Our team of professional instructors uses valuable study resources while providing practical tips and strategies to students. These test-taking techniques help them to perform at their best on the exam. Check out some frequently asked questions and answers regarding the GRE.

Q: What is the GRE?

A: The GRE, or Graduate Record Examination, is a test taken by students who plan to apply to graduate school. This exam measures a student’s basic abilities in math, reading and essay writing. The results of this test are sent to graduate schools along with a student’s application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose essay.

Q: How long is the GRE?

A: It takes about three hours and forty five minutes (including breaks) to complete all three parts of the GRE. Students are given a total of 60 minutes to finish the verbal reasoning portion of the test and an hour and ten minutes to complete the quantitative section. They have a total of 60 minutes to complete the analytical writing section.

Q: How much is the GRE?

A: There is a fee of $195.00 to take the GRE. A GRE fee reduction option is available to students who qualify for financial assistance.

Q: What is on the GRE?

A: The GRE contains three parts including the quantitative, verbal reasoning and the analytical writing sections. The problems in the quantitative section cover basic algebra, basic geometry, arithmetic and data analysis. Verbal reasoning questions test a student’s reading comprehension and sentence structure skills. The analytical writing section challenges a student to write two organized essays; one is an argument essay and the other is an issue essay.

Q: When should I take the GRE?

A: There is no specific time when a student should take the GRE. Some undergraduate students take it during their junior year, while others take it during their senior year. Many students take the GRE a year before they graduate so they can concentrate on mid-terms and final exams during their senior year.

Q: How difficult is the GRE?

A: The GRE is not difficult if a student studies for it. Taking practice tests and focusing on weak subject areas is an effective way to study for the GRE.

Q: What is the GRE out of?

A: On the verbal reasoning and quantitative sections of the GRE, a student who receives a perfect score on both would get 170 points on each section. The range of scores for each of those two sections runs from 130 to 170 possible points. A student can score from 0 to 6 points on the analytical writing section of the exam.

Q: How long are GRE scores good for?

A: A student’s GRE scores are valid for five years. This is helpful for students who want to take some time off before starting work on a graduate degree.

Q: How many times can you take the GRE?

A: A student can take the GRE up to five times in 12 months. However, taking the exam several times in a period of 12 months may cause graduate schools to take an average of the scores on multiple GREs belonging to one student.

Q: How often can you take the GRE?

A: A student can take the GRE one time every 21 days. Students may not take the GRE more than five times in 12 months.

Q: How to sign up for the GRE?

A: When a student signs up to take the exam, he or she has the opportunity to conduct an online search to find a nearby testing center. Many tests are held in classrooms at colleges or universities. A student who wants to sign up to take the exam must travel to the GRE section on the Educational Testing Service, or ETS, website. The next step is to create an account, find a nearby testing center and register online for the test. Students also need to pay the testing fee.

Q: How many questions are on the GRE?

A: There are total of 80 questions on the GRE. That’s 40 questions in the verbal reasoning section and 40 questions in the quantitative section. There are two essays to write for the analytical writing section.

Q: What is the GRE like?

A: The questions in the verbal reasoning and quantitative sections of the GRE are in multiple choice form. The analytical writing section on the exam gives students two writing prompts. One prompt is for the argument essay and one prompt is for the issue essay.

Q: Who takes the GRE?

A: Undergraduate students who plan to go to graduate school take the GRE. Also, individuals with full-time jobs who want to garner more education take the GRE in preparation for graduate school.

Q: Why take the GRE?

A: Taking the GRE is a requirement for admission to many graduate schools. The results of this test can help school officials to decide whether someone will succeed in a graduate study program. Also, the test results can assist school officials in placing a new graduate student in the appropriate courses.

Students who want to get an edge on this exam are welcome to contact our offices for more information on our GRE or SAT prep courses. Our team at Veritas Prep is dedicated to helping students perform well on the GRE.