The GRE is a 3 hour 45 minute computer-adaptive test (CAT) that has three sections: an Analytical Writing Assessment, a Quantitative Section and a Verbal Section. Here's an overview of what's on each GRE section.

GRE Format

Analytical Writing Section
  • 2 Essays
  • 60 minutes total
    • 30 minutes for the "Issue" essay
    • 30 minutes for the "Argument" essay
  • Tests ability to communicate complex ideas in a concise and effective way, evaluate claims and evidence, support ideas using logical reasoning and relevant examples, and use standard written English to prove an argument
Quantitative Section
  • 2 Sections, approximately 20 questions each
  • 35 minutes
  • Tests basic math topics in arithmetic, algebra, and geometry, plus ability to problem solve and analyze data
  • Questions types: Quantitative Comparisons, Problem Solving, Data Interpretation
Verbal Section
  • 2 Sections, approximately 20 questions each
  • 30 minutes
  • Tests ability to analyze sentences and writing passages, including understanding key concepts and vocabulary-in-context
  • Question types: Reading Comprehension, Text Completion, Sentence Equivalence