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GRE Components

GRE ANALYTICAL WRITING SECTION

The Analytical Writing component requires students to provide focused responses based on the tasks presented. Overall, this section measures students’ ability to:

  • Articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
  • Support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
  • Examine claims and accompanying evidence
  • Sustain well-focused, coherent discussions
  • Control the elements of standard written English

The analytical writing component is administered in 2 segments: “Analyze an Issue” and “Analyze an Argument.” Students have 30 minutes to complete each segment.

GRE VERBAL REASONING SECTION

The Verbal Reasoning section contains questions in the areas of: Reading Comprehension, Text Completion, and Sentence Equivalence. These measure the students' ability to:

  • Analyze and draw conclusions from discourse; reason from incomplete data; identify author’s assumptions or perspectives
  • Select important points; distinguish major from minor or relevant points; summarize text
  • Understand the meanings of words, sentences, and entire texts; understand relationships among words and among concepts.

The computerized Verbal Reasoning section is made up of 2 segments of 20 questions per segment. Students have 30 minutes to complete each segment.

GRE QUANTITATIVE REASONING

This part measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis. This section measures students’ ability to:

  • Understand quantitative information
  • Interpret and analyze quantitative information
  • Solve problems using mathematical models
  • Apply basic mathematical skills and elementary mathematical concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data interpretation

The computerized Quantitative Reasoning section is made up of 2 segments of 20 questions per segment. Students have 35 minutes to complete each segment.

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