We are glad that you are here to look at the test structure of GRE, we are here to help with the test pattern and describe the individual sections in detail.
GRE test is conducted for total marks of 340 out of which 170 for verbal and 170 for Quant and 6 for Analytical Writing. Any person who just attempts the test gets a minimum of 260 marks, so the test is literally for 80 marks to tell in a simple way.
these 80 marks are distributed across 4 different sections (2 Verbal, 2 Quant + 1 surprise section) weighting each section an average of 20 marks and AWA consists of 2 sections namely 1. issue and 2. argument.
A surprise section can be either a verbal or a quant section, one can never predict which section would be the surprise section. since the pattern of the section is V-Q-V-Q-V or Q-V-Q-V-Q. so whatever section comes to you at the beginning would be repeated for 3 times.
Sections or modules in GRE:
- AWA issue: (6 marks) (30 minutes)
- AWA argument(6 marks) (30 minutes)
- 2 sections of verbal (30 minutes): each section consists of 20 questions.
- 2 Verbal sections ( 30 minutes ): each section consists of 20 questions.
- and 1 surprise section of either Quant or verbal.
GRE follows an adaptive pattern of difficulty, the difficulty of the second section completely depends on the performance in the 1st section. if you perform better in the 1st section, you would get 2nd section with higher difficulty and if you perform poorly in 1st section, you would get an easy section. getting an easier section means your weightage of marks for each question gets reduced as a penalty.
Breaks: gre gives a break of a 1-minute break at the end of each section and a 10-minute break at the end of the 3rd section.
Dos and dont's during gre breaks:
- Make sure that you go out and come back at least 3-4 minutes before the end of your break as there would be a thorough body check.
- Do inform the invigilator once the break period starts so that they can help you out.
- Don't wear too many layerings as it takes more time for invigilators to check.