What is the GRE?

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE®)  is a common requirement for admission into US Masters and PhD programs (some business and law schools are beginning to accept it as well). Even though the GRE is not the only factor that will determine admission, it does help admission offices get a fuller picture of you as an applicant.

WHAT IS LogicPrep’s strategY for the Gre?

At LogicPrep, we work with each of our students to design a study plan that fits their learning style and meets their GRE goals.  Our team is composed of experienced instructors who are eager to help you master the GRE. The structure of the GRE is by no means an easy one to tackle but our instructors will guide you in developing the skills necessary for success. Lessons will focus on targeting areas for improvement and using strategies that will help you feel confident by the time test day comes.

Contact us if you are thinking of starting GRE test preparation. Our expert instructors are ready to help you as you work on reaching your GRE goals.

What content is covered on the GRE?

The GRE is comprised of three sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing.

Who takes THE GRE?

Students looking to gain admission to Masters or PhD programs, as well as some MBA and law schools programs, should take the GRE. Check with the school you’re looking to gain admission to, to find out if the GRE is the right test for you.

What is the format of the GRE?

Test Section Description Timing Scoring scale
Verbal Reasoning (2 sections) Measures your ability to analyze and draw conclusions from a given text; ability to think logically through incomplete information, ability to deduce the author’s perspective/stance, comprehend the different meanings in a passage from literal to figurative. 30 minutes per section 130–170 (in 1 point increments)
Quantitative Reasoning (2 sections) Measures your ability to understand and analyze quantitative information, ability to derive solutions using mathematical representations, ability to apply basic math concepts. 35 minutes per section 130–170 (in 1 point increments)
Analytical Writing Measures your ability to effectively communicate complex ideas with clarity, ability to support claims with relevant information and examples, ability to analyze arguments and the examples that support them, ability to support a centered, well-reasoned discussion, ability to use standard English language effectively. 1 hour 0-6 (in half-point increments)

How is the GRE scored?

The GRE lets you skip questions within a section, go back and change answers and have the flexibility to choose which questions within a section you want to answer first.

The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures are section-level adaptive, which means the computer selects the second section of a measure based on the performance on the first section. Within each section, all questions contribute equally to the final score. For each of the two measures, a raw score (the number of questions answered correctly) is computed. The raw score is then converted to a scaled score through “equating.” The equating process accounts for minor variations in difficulty among the different test editions as well as differences in difficulty among individuals' tests introduced by the section-level adaptation. Thus a given scaled score of a particular measure reflects the same level of performance regardless of which section was selected and when the test was taken

The Analytic Writing Assessment section is graded on a scale of 0 to 6 (in half-point increments) and is evaluated by two readers – one human and one computer. For this section, the average of the two grades is rounded to the nearest half point if they closely agree. If they disagree, a second human scores the section the same way, and the final score is the average of the two human scores.

When is the GRE offered?

The GRE is offered at various test centers throughout the United States and all over the world. It is important to plan when you might take the exam in a way that is consistent with application deadlines. Most schools will have a specific date by which they must receive your scores. It usually takes about 10-15 days for you to receive your scores after you take the test so you must leave enough time for schools to receive them.