What to Expect When You Take the GRE

Part of the GRE For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The GRE is a computerized test taken at a local GRE testing center. Other test-takers may be working at the same time, but you’ll be in a booth, immersed in your own test. At up to four hours, the GRE is a marathon, challenging your stamina as well as your skills. The following table outlines the sections on the GRE, including the number of questions and time limits of each.

Section Number of Questions Time Allotted
Analyze an Issue 1 essay 30 minutes
Analyze an Argument 1 essay 30 minutes
Verbal Reasoning 20 questions 30 minutes
Break -- 10 minutes
Quantitative Reasoning 20 questions 35 minutes
Verbal Reasoning 20 questions 30 minutes
Quantitative Reasoning 20 questions 35 minutes
Unscored Verbal or Quantitative Reasoning 20 questions 30 or 35 minutes
Possible Unscored Research Section 20 questions 30 or 35 minutes
Total testing time Up to 4 hours

The essays are always first, but the other sections can be in any order.

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