GRE Assesses Applicants’ Potential for Success in Graduate School

GRE revised General Test pic
GRE revised General Test

Kevin Waida serves as a staff member at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia, Missouri. A recent graduate of the University of Missouri, Kevin Waida plans to attend graduate school. He is currently studying for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) in order to prepare himself to achieve this goal.

The GRE revised General Test is an exam for prospective students seeking admission to graduate or business school. The examination consists of three question types – verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing – intended to demonstrate that applicants have the ability necessary to succeed in master’s and doctoral programs. The verbal section gauges reading comprehension skills, while the quantitative portion assesses an individual’s grasp of algebra, geometry, and other mathematical concepts.

In addition, test takers are required to compose two essays that demonstrate their critical thinking skills and ability to convey and support complex ideas. The entire test takes approximately three hours and 45 minutes to complete.

Scores range from 130 to 170 for the verbal and for quantitative reasoning sections, and 0 to 6 for the analytical writing section. The scores, which are valid for up to five years, are evaluated by admissions departments, along with an applicant’s grades, letters of recommendations, and other relevant documents.


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