GRE New Pattern – Changes in the GRE revised General Test
The New GRE Pattern, or the Revised GRE Pattern, was introduced in August 2011. This is considered 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 GRE pattern change is mentioned, the question that follows is:
What is the new GRE Exam syllabus?
While we can broadly define the GRE Quantitative Syllabus, nothing is defined as GRE Verbal Syllabus. It would help you to understand what the sections are composed of in understanding the GRE exam syllabus.
GRE Quantitative Syllabus or GRE Maths Syllabus consists of:
Arithmetic: Which comprises integers and their properties viz. factorization, divisibility, odd and even, prime numbers, remainders, ratio proportion, percentage, absolute values and decimal representations.
Algebra: This topic of the GRE Quant Syllabus includes simultaneous and quadratic equations, inequalities, word problems, exponents, co-ordinate geometry and other operations regarding intercepts and slopes; application of these to real world problems.
Geometry: Perhaps the most divisive topic in the entire syllabus for GRE. Comprising of properties of lines parallel and perpendicular, different types of triangles like isosceles, equilateral and other polygons, circle and its various properties, Pythagorean theorems and areas/perimeters and volumes.
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 viz. mean, mode, median, quartiles, range, deviation etc. You will also be asked to interpret data with the help of tables, graphs, charts and frequency distributions, and answer questions involving concepts of Probability, Permutation and Combination.
The Verbal section of GRE basically assesses your comprehension skills and how well you can obtain information from a 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.
GRE Verbal syllabus consists of:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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 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 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 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:
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.