General GRE

General GRE

Quick Overview

  • I want to note from the very beginning, there is also a paper-based GRE general test in the country where there is no availability of a computer. But, I will be only emphasizing the summary of computer-based. If you like to know about the paper-based test, (See this).
  • The overall testing time for the computer-delivered GRE® General Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.
  • The Analytical Writing section will always be first. The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and unidentified/unscored sections may appear in any order; therefore, you should treat each section as if it counts toward your score.
  • Verbal Reasoning score reported on a (min:130 – max: 170) score scale, in 1-point increments and Quantitative Reasoning score reported on a (min: 130 – max: 170) score scale, in 1-point increments which makes the highest possible score on the GRE is 340. Also, the Analytical Writing score reported on a (min: 0 – max: 6) score scale, in half-point increments. But, we mostly talk our GRE scores out of 340. However, you will get separate section scores in your report.
  • Applicants come from varying educational and cultural backgrounds and the GRE General Test provides schools with a common measure for comparing candidates’ qualifications.
  • You can take the computer-delivered GRE General Test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days). 
  • The advanced adaptive design of the GRE General Test allows you to freely move forward and backward throughout an entire section. 
  • There is an on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section.
  • The cost of general GRE  test is 205$ in Nepal. But this price may vary from country to country (See this). 
  • For the computer-delivered GRE® General Test, you will be asked to designate your free score recipients at the test center. You can send four scores of your PGRE test for free. Note: In TOEFL test, you can add/delete/modify your score recipients after you register for that test (See how-to-guide).
  • You can order Additional Score Reports for a fee of US$27 per recipient. 
  • You can view your scores online for free.
  • There is also a fee reduction program for GRE/ subject GRE which gives you the 50$ discount per test. But, this is only for US citizens (See for eligibility description).
  • If you want to register for general GRE from Nepal, you need to go to Nabil Bank (either at Teendhara, Durbar Marg branch or Chabahil branch, Kathmandu) and please make sure you have created an ETS account for GRE along with your personal information.


  • Analytical Writing — Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, including the ability to articulate and support complex ideas with relevant reasons and examples, and examine claims and accompanying evidence. There is an emphasis on analytical writing skills.
  • Verbal Reasoning — Measures the ability to analyze and draw conclusions from discourse and reason from incomplete data, understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author’s intent, and summarize text and distinguish major from minor points, understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts, and understand relationships among words and among concepts. There is an emphasis on complex verbal reasoning skills.  
  • Quantitative Reasoning — Measures the ability to understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information, solve problems using mathematical models, and apply the basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis. There is an emphasis on quantitative reasoning skills.

Structure of the Computer-delivered Test

      Measure                       Number of Questions          Allotted Time
Analytical Writing
(One section with two separately timed tasks)
One “Analyze an Issue” task and one “Analyze an Argument” task30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning
(Two sections)
20 questions per section30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning
(Two sections)
20 questions per section35 minutes per section
Unscored [1]VariesVaries
Research [2]VariesVaries

[1] An unidentified unscored section that does not count toward your score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. Questions in the unscored section are being tried out either for possible use in future tests or to ensure that scores on new editions of the test are comparable to scores from earlier editions.

[2] An identified research section that does not count toward your score may be included in place of the unscored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test. Questions in this section are included for ETS research purposes.


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