New GRE Test Patterns

Revised GRE Test PatternBelieve it or not GRE revised patterns enable you to do your best with the Power of Confidence. With the revise pattern a student can send the scores to the schools which he/she wants them to see. This means if you feel you didn’t do your best on the test day, now you can retake the test and then send only the scores you want schools to see. It’s all part of the Score Select option, only available with GRE tests.


Moreover, the GRE revised General Test is the only admissions test for graduate or business school that allows you to skip questions within a section, go back and change answers, and have control to tackle the questions within a section you want to answer first.


Test Content and Structure:


The GRE revised General Test measures candidates’ verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills — skills that have been developed over a long period of time and are not related to a specific field of study but are important for all. Here’s a look at content covered in the three test sections — Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing.


Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning section is designed to measure your ability to:

• Analyse and draw conclusions from discourse; reason from incomplete data; identify author’s assumptions and/or perspective; understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author’s intent.
• Select important points; distinguish major from minor or relevant points; summarize text; understand the structure of a text.
• Understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts; understand relationships among words and among concepts.

In short the Verbal Reasoning section measures your ability to comprehend things you read and how you apply interpret your reasoning skills.


Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning section is aimed to understand your ability to:

• Understand quantitative information.
• Interpret and analyse quantitative information.
• Solve problems using mathematical models.
• Apply basic mathematical skills and elementary mathematical concepts of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry and data interpretation.
• Includes real-life scenarios.

The Quantitative Reasoning section includes an on-screen calculator. If you are taking the paper-delivered test, a calculator will be provided at the test centre.


Analytical Writing

The Analytical Writing section measures your ability to:

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

The Analytical Writing section requires you to provide focused responses based on the tasks presented, so you can accurately demonstrate your skill in directly responding to a task.

Modified Versions of Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning Questions:
The test you take may include questions that are modified versions of published questions or of questions you have already seen on the test. Some modifications are substantial; others are less apparent.

Even if a question appears to be similar to a question you have already seen, it may in fact be different and have a different answer. Pay careful attention to the wording of each question.
All in all the GRE revised pattern is aimed to benefit students immensely and quintessentially measures a candidate’s ability to apply real time reasoning which is required in graduate or B schools. So prepare well and all the best.

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