General Test is a computer-delivered test that features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you’ll do and the skills you need to succeed in today's demanding graduate school programs, including business and law. The test-taker friendly design lets you skip questions within a section, go back and change answers and have the flexibility to choose which questions within a section you want to answer first. Get a look at the structure of the GRE General Test.
The GRE General Test measures your 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: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning.
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.
The Verbal Reasoning section measures 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 irrelevant points; summarise text; understand the structure of a text
- understand the meaning of individual words, sentences and entire texts; understand relationships among words and among concepts.
The Quantitative Reasoning section measures your ability to:
- understand, interpret and analyse quantitative information
- solve problems using mathematical models
- apply basic skills and elementary concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis