Everything You Need To Know About The Latest GRE Syllabus


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is the most popularly accepted graduate admission test globally. This test measures three major areas of skills in undergraduates:
i.   Analytical Writing
ii.  Verbal Reasoning
iii. Quantitative Reasoning

A student needs to prove his ability in the above three areas during the test for success in Graduate and Business Schools abroad. The GRE score is one of the criteria among undergraduate records and other recommendation letters during admissions.

Syllabus for the GRE General Test:

  1. Analytical Writing-

This is the first section of the GRE General Test and includes two tasks:

  • An Issue Essay
  • An Argument Essay

Skills measured- Your critical thinking and analytical power.

The ISSUE task is all about your opinion on a global topic and details how you are expected to respond to the task. Basically, you need to give your viewpoint on the topic, suggest the complexities and support your view with relevant evidence.

The ARGUMENT task on the other hand asks you to evaluate a viewpoint given and discuss the weaknesses that reduce the soundness of the argument, and also demands that you do the needful discussion to make the argument more logical.

So you take on two roles during these tasks-

  • You provide an argument with clear evidences and examples to support your stance
  •  You assess someone else’s argument, find the loopholes, and suggest remedies for making the argument more valid.

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  1. Verbal reasoning-

You will be scored on 2 sections of the Verbal reasoning. Each section includes 20 questions

The question types under each section comprise-

  • Reading Comprehension – About ten passages with one to six questions under each passage.

Content – This question type tests the test taker’s ability to read and understand the kind of prose or text commonly faced in Graduate schools. The passages are usually from physical sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, and other quotidian topics. These passages are excerpts from journals or books, both academic and non-academic. The questions under a passage test a variety of aspects of our abilities and skills of reading-understanding main ideas, finding inferences,purposes,conclusions,functions of sentences, strengthening or weakening claims in the passage, forming analogous relationships to information in the passage etc.

  • Text Completion – Generally, the verbal section starts with this question type and a test taker faces 6 questions.

Content – Sentences with single or multiple blanks to test vocabulary and understanding of words, sentences, and even paragraphs sometimes form the basis of this question type. A test taker has to be able to read through the sentence or paragraph actively to focus on information that supports the words for the blank/blanks.

  • Sentence Equivalence – A test taker will see these blank questions after the first set of passages in a section and these are 4 in number.

Content – This question features only one sentence with just one blank but requires two responses for the same blank. So this question type not only tests vocabulary and comprehension of sentences, but also a test taker’s ability to retain the meaning of a sentence despite using two different words for the blank.

From the above, it is very clear that the Verbal reasoning questions in a section distribute equally between passages and vocabulary, and hence, in no way can test takers compromise for one over the other. One good news though about the comprehension passages is that an answer to any question will be supported by what is mentioned in the passage. There is no need for any general knowledge on the topics provided.


  1. Quantitative Reasoning

You will be scored on 2 sections of Quantitative reasoning. Each section includes 20 questions

The Quantitative Reasoning section gauges a test takers
Fundamental mathematical skills
Elementary mathematical concepts
Ability to use quantitative methods to reason quantitatively and solve problems.

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There are 3 types of questions you may be asked in a quant section-

  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Quantitative comparison
  • Numeric Entry

The major topics on which a test taker’s ability is assessed include:

  • properties and types of integers–divisibility, factorisation, prime numbers, remainders, odd and even integers
  • arithmetic operations, exponents, and roots
  • estimation, percent, ratio, rate, absolute value, number line, decimals, and sequence of numbers


  • Factorisation and simplification of algebraic expressions
  • Operations with exponents
  • Relations, functions, inequalities, and equations
  • Word problems solved with equations
  • Coordinate geometry – slopes of lines, intercepts, graphs of functions, equations, inequalities

iii. Geometry-

  • Triangles-isosceles, equilateral,30-60-90 angled triangles, and the Pythagorean theorem
  • Circles, parallel and perpendicular lines, quadrilaterals, and other polygons
  • Congruent & similar figures, three dimensional figures-area,perimeter,volume

iv. Data Analytics-

  • Statistics-mean,median,mode,ranges,standard deviation,quartiles,percentiles
  • Interpretation of data through graphs,charts,tables,frequency distribution
  • Probabilities & probability distributions and normal distribution
  • Combinations, permutations and Venn diagrams

A test taker has to just recap on his high school math concepts to be able to crack the GRE. Other high level Math such as trigonometry, calculus, inferential statistics, or Geometrical proofs are NOT part of the GRE Quant syllabus.


The GRE Mock Test-

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The GRE Subject Test-

These tests measure a test taker’s knowledge and skill on a particular field of study. A student who has these subject tests procurements stands out against those who just have the GRE general test scores. They surely get a lot more attention than the other applicants.

The list of Subject tests provided by ETS includes-

  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Literature in English
  4. Mathematics
  5. Physics
  6. Psychology

Prospective graduate school applicants take this test and these scores are a supplement for the admission processes to many graduate schools.

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