## How Long is the GRE

The GRE, or Graduate Record Examination, is a standardized test used by many graduate schools and business programs to evaluate applicants' readiness for advanced study. It is now shortened by half from almost 4 hours to nearly 2 hours by reducing the length of each section and removing the experimental section, one of the essays, and the scheduled break.

## Structure of the Shortened GRE

### Sections

The shortened GRE consists of three types of sections:

• Verbal Reasoning (2 sections)
• Quantitative Reasoning (2 sections)
• Analytical Writing (1 section)

### Time Allotted for Each Section

QuestionsTime
Analytical Writing 1 essay task 30 minutes
Quant Section 1 (Routing) 12 21 minutes
Quant Section 2 15 26 minutes
Verbal Section 1 (Routing) 12 18 minutes
Verbal Section 2 15 23 minutes

### Types of Questions

The types of questions on the shortened GRE are the same as those on the longer GRE. They are as follows:

• Verbal Reasoning Section: Reading Comprehension, Text Completion, and Sentence Equivalence
• Quantitative Reasoning Section: Problem Solving and Data Interpretation
• Analytical Writing Section: Analyze an Issue (note that the Analyze an Argument task has been removed)

### Scoring System

The scoring system for the shortened GRE is the same as the regular GRE. The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections are scored on a scale of 130-170 in one-point increments, and the Analytical Writing section is scored on a scale of 0-6 in half-point increments. The total score is the sum of the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores, on a scale of 260-340.

The shortened GRE is a more streamlined version of the regular GRE, designed to be more efficient and convenient for test-takers. Understanding its structure is key to preparing for and performing well on the exam. Test-takers should familiarize themselves with the types of questions on each section, the time allotted for each section, and the scoring system to maximize their chances of success.