# GRE Practice Test

If you need help studying for the GRE or just want some more information about what the test is like, you’ve come to the right place.

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## What’s on the GRE?

Questions: 54
Time limit: 118 minutes

The GRE test contains 54 questions and one essay, and you’ll be given just under 2 hours to take it.

Let’s take a closer look at the five sections of the GRE.

ANALYTICAL WRITING (1 SECTION)
1 essay | 30 minutes

This section contains a single essay assignment, called the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA). You’ll be given 30 minutes to write an essay that defends a specific side of a given issue.

VERBAL REASONING (2 SECTIONS)
27 questions | 41 minutes

The Verbal Reasoning questions are grouped into two sections. Each section has a different number of questions and a different time limit:

There are three different question types to test your reading and vocabulary skills:

Text Completion
These questions are your usual fill-in-the-blank questions. You’ll be given a sentence and have to fill in the blank with the correct vocabulary word. In some cases, the sentence may have multiple blanks, and some questions may ask you to fill in blanks spread out over an entire paragraph.

Sentence Equivalence
For these questions, you’ll be given a sentence and then asked to choose two words that would logically complete the sentence. The trick here is that you have to make sure both words you choose are correct; you won’t get partial credit if only one word is correct.

For these questions, you’ll be given some passages to read and answer questions about. Each passage will be between 100 and 450 words.

QUANTITATIVE REASONING (2 SECTIONS)
27 questions | 47 minutes

The Quantitative Reasoning questions are also grouped into two sections. Each section has a different number of questions and a different time limit:

There are three different question types to test your ability to solve problems dealing with number properties and geometric figures:

Quantitative Comparison
These questions will present you with two quantities, and you’ll be asked to determine which quantity is greater. In some cases, the quantities will be equal.

Multiple-Choice
These are your standard multiple-choice questions. You’ll be given a question and a list of five answer choices, only one of which is the correct answer.

Numeric Entry
For these questions, you’ll have to input your answer into one or more boxes. If your answer is a decimal or an integer, it goes into a single box. If your answer is a fraction, the numerator goes in one box and the denominator in another box.

The good news is that you are allowed to use an on-screen calculator for the entirety of the Quantitative Reasoning section! You likely won’t need it for most of the questions, but rest assured that it’s there if you do want to use it.

## How to Register

To get started with the registration process, you’ll need to create an ETS account via their website. From there, you can register to take the test, which involves paying the \$220 testing fee.

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## GRE Scores

The GRE is scored in two parts. Your Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores are calculated using a scaled scoring method. Here’s how it works:

Scaled Scoring Method
For every question you answer correctly, you get one point added to your raw score. At the end of the test, your final raw score will be converted to a scaled score. This scaled score will range somewhere between 130 and 170.

The reason your raw score is converted to a scaled score is because everyone who takes the exam is given a slightly different set of questions. Since everyone has a different arrangement of questions, and because some questions are harder than others, converting your raw score to a scaled score ensures a more even playing field.

Your GRE essay is scored on a scale of 0-6.

The score you need to achieve differs from school to school, so there is no universal passing score for this test.

## Retaking the GRE

If you didn’t get the score you wanted on your first try, that’s okay! You can retake the test up to five times per 12-month period.

Keep in mind that there is a mandatory 21-day waiting period between attempts.

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## FAQs

Q

How many questions are on the GRE test?

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The test contains 54 questions and one essay.

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How hard is the GRE test?

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The GRE test is considered to be moderately difficult, but easier than some other graduate admissions tests.

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How long is the GRE test?

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The time limit for the test is 1 hour and 58 minutes.

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How much is the GRE test?

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The testing fee is \$220.

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Can I use a calculator on the GRE test?

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Yes, an on-screen calculator will be available during the Quantitative Reasoning sections.

## Self-Assessment Modules

One of the most important parts of preparing for a test is determining which topics you need to brush up on as you study.

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