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Why the new GRE revised General Test is more student-friendly

An useful notification GRE pattern which was in effect from August 2011-2013

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An on-screen calculator is now available for the quantitative reasoning section of the test. For the paper-based test, calculators will be provided at the test centre for use during the test.

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New GRE Exam Requirements

Those of you planning to take up your GRE test this year or preparing for it must be wondering about the new GRE pattern which came into effect in August 2011. Education Testing Services (ETS) announced major changes to GRE Exam in 2011.Here is a quick summary of the changes made and the good news about the GRE revised General Test.

There have been changes made to the format, delivery as well as scoring of the GRE Test.

  • New types of questions in the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections reflect the kind of thinking you will do in today’s demanding graduate programmes.
  • A new user-friendly design for the computer based test lets you edit or change your answers, skip questions and more, within a section.
  • An on-screen calculator is now available for the quantitative reasoning section. For the paper-based test, calculators will be provided at the test centre for use during the test.
  • For the paper based test, you will now enter your answers in test books instead of separate answer sheets.
  • New Test Score Scaling- Due to changes to the verbal and quantitative sections the new scale for them will be 130 to 170 score scale with increments of 1 point instead of the previous 200 to 800 with 10 point increments. The analytical writing section will have the same scale of 0 to 6 with 0.5 increments.  The new test is designed to give fair chance to demonstrate your reasoning skills irrespective of your background.

The good news is that the revised test format is more student-friendly and offers more flexibility for the test taker. The revised test also more closely reflects the kind of thinking you'll do in graduate or business school and demonstrates that you are ready for graduate-level work.

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