Changes in GRE General Test from August 1, 2011

  • A new test-taker friendly design for the computer-based test that lets you edit or change your answers, skip questions and more, all within a section — giving you the freedom to use more of your own test-taking strategies. Another new feature: an on-screen calculator.
  • New types of questions in the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections, many featuring real-life scenarios that reflect the kind of thinking you’ll do in today’s demanding graduate and business school programs.
  • Special savings of 50% when you take the GRE revised General Test between August 1 and September 30, 2011.
  • Important score reporting information you need to know: If you take the GRE revised General Test during our special discount period of August – September 2011, your scores will be sent by mid-November. However, if you need your scores before November, take the current test before August.
  • Verbal Reasoning scores will be reported on a new 130 – 170 score scale, in 1-point increments (versus 200 – 800 in 10-point increments).
  • Quantitative Reasoning scores will be reported on a new 130 – 170 score scale, in 1-point increments (versus 200 – 800 in 10-point increments).
  • Analytical Writing scores will continue to be reported on the same 0 – 6 score level, in half-point increments.
  • Verbal Reasoning: No More Antonyms and Analogies. More Focus on Reading. 

Antonyms and analogies have been removed

New Text Completion questions test your ability to interpret, evaluate and reason from what you’ve read.

New Sentence Equivalence questions test your ability to reach a conclusion about how a sentence should be completed while focusing on the meaning of the whole sentence.

There are more Reading Comprehension questions on the test, including new types of questions, such as selecting multiple correct answer choices instead of just one, or highlighting a sentence within a reading passage to answer the question.

  • Quantitative Reasoning: Same Basic Math Concepts. More Real-life Scenarios.

    The revised test still requires basic math skills like arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis; however, it will focus more on questions involving data interpretation and real-life scenarios.

    • New Multiple-choice questions which include some that have more than one correct answer, requiring you to select all of the correct answers from the choices provided.
    • New Numeric Entry questions require you to enter your answer in a box instead of selecting an answer from a list.
    • An on-screen calculator for use in this section reduces the emphasis on computation.
  • Analytical Writing: More Focused Responses. Less Generalization.

    For each essay task, you will be given one topic rather than a choice of topics.

    Tasks are now more specific, and responses will be measured to ensure you can integrate critical thinking and analytical writing by fully addressing the tasks you’re presented.


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