The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is one of the widely accepted tests for admission into Graduate, business, and a few law programs. The GRE general test, tests verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills. These skills are developed over a period of time and are not related to any field of study.
ETS has announced a few changes in GRE starting September 2023. The shorter version of the GRE test will commence on 22 September 2023. The major change in the GRE Exam structure is in the duration. Currently, the GRE test time is close to four hours whereas the new version will be for less than two hours.
The GRE exam sections remain unchanged but the Analytical Writing Assessment. The GRE test will continue to test verbal and quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing questions, but the test questions and GRE sections will be shorter. There are no unscored sections and scheduled breaks on the official GRE during the test in the GRE Exam from 22 September 2023.
The Analyze an Argument task is removed from the AWA section. The number of GRE questions in the Verbal and Quant sections is 27 each. The new timings include 30 minutes for the Analyze the Issue task, 47 minutes for the Quantitative section, and 41 minutes for the Verbal section. The test registration process for the GRE test dates 2023 remains unchanged.
The changes are meant to improve the test-taking experience. Based on the experience of the previous test takers, the GRE test time has been reduced to avoid fatigue and anxiety among the test takers. The official GRE scores are expected to get published in 8 – 10 days against the current 10-15 days. Therefore, the students can send the official GRE scores to the universities much faster.
The shorter test has the same sections and question types. The GRE score scale remains the same. So, the universities will treat the GRE scores from the different versions as comparable. This would imply that a 160 on math in the shorter version of the GRE exam 2023 will equal 160 on math in the current version. The test fee remains the same. The timing per question remains the same. Test accommodations are available. Free access to the GRE Diagnostic service will still be available. The GRE test days will be available throughout the year. The student will be able to repeat the test in 21 days and five times in a period of 12 months. The GRE scores will be valid for 5 years.
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