What to Expect When You Take the Revised GRE

By Ron Woldoff, Joseph Kraynak

Telling someone you have to take the GRE usually elicits the same facial expression as saying that you need to have your wisdom teeth pulled. However, breaking the GRE down into its component parts makes it more manageable and less threatening.

The table provides a quick overview of what’s on the exam. The essays are always first, but the multiple-choice sections may be in any order.

GRE Breakdown by Section (Computer-Based)
Section Number of Questions Time Allotted
Analyze an Issue 1 essay 30 minutes
Analyze an Argument 1 essay 30 minutes
Verbal Section 20 questions 30 minutes
Math (Quantitative) Section 20 questions 35 minutes
Verbal Section 20 questions 30 minutes
Math (Quantitative) Section 20 questions 35 minutes
Discretely Unscored Math or Verbal Section (may be earlier in
the exam)
20 questions 30 or 35 minutes