What Is the GRE?

The Graduate Record Exam is a test assessing analytical writing, verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning skills taken by students attempting to enter graduate school. The analytical writing section is given first, and the verbal and quantitative sections may appear in either order.

The GRE may be taken on paper or on a computer, and testing times vary depending on which version of the test students receive. The GRE may contain unscored research questions that are being considered for future tests but not affecting the current score. The GRE testing time varies between versions, but three hours is typically the minimum time needed to finish.