The Three Components of the GRE

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Kevin Waida graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He is now attending graduate school at the University of Colorado in pursuit of a master’s of business administration. Prior to his acceptance to graduate school, Kevin Waida had to study for and pass the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).

The GRE General Test is taken by students who are interested in attending graduate or business school. Admissions panels use GRE scores alongside other requirements such as undergraduate records and recommendation letters to determine an applicant’s eligibility. GRE scores are accepted at thousands of graduate and business schools across the United States.

The GRE measures an applicant’s capability to do graduate coursework by posing questions that reflect the kind and level of thinking needed in graduate or business school. The test includes three components. Verbal reasoning measures an applicant’s ability to analyze written material and formulate a synthesis from the contained information. Quantitative reasoning measures the applicant’s mathematical ability via questions covering arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis. Lastly, analytical writing measures critical thinking through the applicant’s ability to articulate and support complex ideas.

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