GRE Exam Pattern

GRE syllabus

GRE Exam Syllabus

The new GRE pattern, or the Revised GRE Pattern, was introduced in August 2011. This is widely regarded to be the biggest change in pattern that has happened in the history of the exam. The New GRE Pattern has three sections—GRE Quantitative, GRE Verbal, and AWA—which are evaluated on a scale of 260–340, with 0–6 rating for the Analytical Writing section. Whenever there is a pattern change in an exam like the GRE, the question that invariably follows is:

What is the new GRE Exam syllabus?

While we can broadly define the GRE Quantitative Syllabus, the GRE Verbal Syllabus, on the other hand, is slightly more ambiguous. It would help you to understand what the sections are composed of, and the type of questions they comprise, for a better understanding of the GRE exam syllabus.

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GRE Quant Syllabus

Arithmetic: Which comprises integers and their properties viz. factorization, divisibility, prime numbers, remainders, ratio & proportion, percentages, absolute values, and decimal representations.
Algebra: This topic of the GRE Quant Syllabus includes simultaneous and quadratic equations, inequalities, word problems, exponents, coordinate geometry and other operations regarding intercepts and slopes along with their applications in solving real-world problems.
Geometry: This is arguably the most challenging topic in the entire quants syllabus. It comprises properties of lines (parallel and perpendicular), different types of triangles like isosceles, equilateral and other polygons, circles and their various properties, pythagorean theorems and the concepts of area, perimeter, and volume.
Data analysis: Last but definitely not the least, this portion of the GRE math syllabus includes takes you back to high school dealing with statistics with topics like mean, median, mode, quartiles, range, deviation and more. You will also be asked to interpret data with the help of tables, graphs, charts, and frequency distributions, along with answering questions that involve the concepts of Probability, Permutation, and Combination. The Verbal section of the GRE basically assesses your comprehension skills and how well you can obtain information from written material. Some questions need you to go through a passage, read it, comprehend the information, and answer related questions, while others test your ability to understand different sentence structures and your contextual understanding of words and sentences through text completion questions.
"I was rightly pointed by my Quant SFA that in fact, I was performing the worst in Geometry. If that hadn't happened, my performance in the Quants section would have been jeopardized, as Geometry comes for a good 7–8 marks combining both sections."
- Ayush Kapoor (GRE Quant Score - 164)

GRE Verbal Syllabus

Reading Comprehension: In this section, you will be given a passage that you should go through and comprehend. Following this, there will be questions related to the passage that you should answer. While it might sound simple, Reading Comprehension is actually the Achilles’ heel of most GRE aspirants in the Verbal section of GRE. For tips and tricks to manage Reading Comprehension Questions, click here.
Text Completion: This section of GRE Verbal tests your ability to form a mental image of the text that you’re reading. You will be provided with one to five lines of text with some pieces of vital information missing. Your ability to understand the context of the question statement will help you fill up the blanks appropriately.
Sentence Equivalence: This section is exactly what it sounds like! In this section, you will be provided a sentence with a single blank that needs to be filled with two words (To learn how to master words refer to this GRE Study Guide) from the choices. Sounds easy, right? But here’s the catch! The two choices that you select out of the six choices given should complete the sentence in such a way that the meaning of the sentence remains the same or similar with the two choices.For all these Verbal topics you need to build a strong vocabulary, so it’s high time to get prepping!
"The SFA's were very helpful. Verbal SFA Shweta tracked my performance closely giving me constructive feedback and that helped a lot. It turned out to be a perfect mix for me wherein I was getting both critical and motivational remarks."
- Manish (GRE Verbal Score - 162)

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The Quantitative and the Verbal sections of GRE are scored out of 170, with 130 being the minimum score. The increment is in terms of one point with no negative marking.The GRE Analytical Writing section from the GRE Practice Tests, assesses your ability to critically analyze a topic and write an essay about the said topic, providing strong ideas and backing it up with properly laid out arguments. This section however doesn’t judge your knowledge about the subject pertaining to the topic in question.

The Analytical Writing section is divided into:

1. Issue Task Essay, where you will be provided with a statement that makes a claim or takes a stand on a general topic. You are required to write an essay, providing your opinion on that particular topic and justify it. You can choose to take a stand either for or against the topic. However, it is important to remember that how you defend your stance is more important than what stance you pick. The task checks your ability to think critically and express yourself in written format coherently.
2. Argument Task essay, where you will be provided the author's point of view and will be asked to critique it, question it, and weigh the logic of the statement.So apart from the changes in the syllabus of GRE, the test now emphasizes on assessing a student’s critical and analytical thinking capabilities, which is a yardstick for checking whether the student is eligible for admissions to higher education programs, such as MS, PhD, and business programs like MBA, MIS, and MEM.Hope you are clear with the GRE pattern/syllabus. Take a GRE style diagnostic test and see where you stand.

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