How Long Does the GRE Take?


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Both the paper-delivered and computer-delivered GRE revised General Tests take less than four hours to complete. Slight differences between the two test versions attribute to a difference in total test duration.

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The computer-delivered GRE revised General Test takes approximately three hours and 45 minutes. The paper-delivered GRE revised General Test is approximately three hours and 30 minutes, plus short breaks. Additionally, testers are given short beaks between the six test sections and can complete two separately timed writing tasks.

The analytical writing section has two separately timed tasks in both test versions. The tester is allotted 30 minutes to complete each task.

In the verbal reasoning section, the computer- and paper-delivered tests differ. The tester has 30 minutes to answer 20 questions per section in the computer-delivered test. In the paper-delivered test, the tester must answer 25 questions in 35 minutes per section.

The quantitative reasoning portion has two sections. In the computer-delivered version, the tester must answer 20 questions in 35 minutes for each section. In the paper-delivered test, the tester must answer 25 questions in 40 minutes per section.

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