GRE Syllabus
Developed and conducted by ETS, the GRE or the Graduate Record Examination is a standardized test started in 1936. It is organized in both paperbased and computer mediums. GRE scores play a vital role in admission to graduate and graduate business programs around the world, especially those in the United States and Canada. GRE offers business schools and graduate schools a uniform platform for evaluating students’ qualifications and readiness for graduatelevel studies. GRE exam syllabus aims to assess quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and critical thinking skills of aspirants looking to get admission to a graduate program.
Skills Tested in GRE
Analytical Writing Assessment
Quantitative Reasoning
Verbal Reasoning
GRE General Test syllabus is divided into 3 parts:
1. Analytical Writing
The analytical writing section evaluates students’ skills to present complex ideas in a clear and effective way. It also tests whether or not students can support those ideas with relevant reasons and examples, and can have a coherent and wellfocused discussion. It is recommended that students find out from the college they are applying to how strong is the AWA section considered by their admission board. The scores for the Analytical Writing section are not part of the total GRE score and are graded on a separate scale out of 6.
2. Verbal Reasoning
The verbal reasoning section evaluates students’ skills to examine and derive conclusions, identifying information in it, scrutinize relationships among parts of sentences, and identify relationships among words and concepts. GRE Verbal Reasoning consists of three separate areas of skilltesting: Text Completion, Sentence Equivalence, and Reading Comprehension.
Topics covered under the Verbal section:
 Basic Sentence structure: Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives
 Verb Tense
 Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
 Pronoun Agreement
 SubjectVerb Agreement
 Modifiers
 Parallelism
3. Quantitative Reasoning
GRE quantitative reasoning section, also known as GRE Quant, seeks to evaluate students’ skills to comprehend quantitative information and analyze and interpret quantitative information. It tests the taker’s competency in four areas i.e., Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and Data Analysis.
Topics covered under the Quant section:
Arithmetic
 Divisibility, Prime Numbers, Factorization, Even & Odd Integers, Remainders
 Percent, Estimation, Ratio, Absolute Value, Decimal Representation, Number Line Sequences of Numbers
 Arithmetic Operations, Roots, and Exponents;
Algebra
 Quadratic and Linear Equations and Inequalities
 Simultaneous Inequalities and Equations
 Simplification & Factorization of Algebraic Expressions
 Functions, Equations, Relations, and Inequalities
 Forming Equations to Get Answers to Word Problems
 Coordinate Geometry, Graphs related to Functions and Equations
Geometry
 Quadrilaterals, Perpendicular & Parallel Lines, Circles and Triangles
 Polygons and Congruent Figures
 3D figures, Area, Volume, Perimeter
 Pythagorean Theorem
 Measurement of Angle in Degrees
Data Analysis
 Statistics
 Interpreting Data in Tables & Graphs
 Frequency Distributions & Scatterplots
 Elementary Probability
 Conditional Probability
 Probability Distributions and Random Variables and Counting Methods
 Combinations, Venn Diagrams, Permutations
GRE syllabus for Subject Test includes the following subjects:
1. Biology
Number of Questions: 190 fivechoice questions.
Topics Included:
 Cellular and Molecular Biology
 Organismal Biology
 Ecology and Evolution
2. Chemistry
Number of Questions: 130 multiplechoice questions.
Topics Included:
 Analytical Chemistry
 Inorganic Chemistry
 Organic Chemistry
 Physical Chemistry
3. Literature in English
Number of Questions: 230 questions on poetry, biography, drama, essay, short story, novel, literary theory, criticism, and the history of the English language.
Topics Included:
 Literary Analysis
 Identification
 Cultural and Historical Contexts
 History and Theory of Literary Criticism
4. Mathematics
Number of Questions: 66 multiplechoice questions.
Topics Included:
 Algebra
 Calculus
 Additional Topics
5. Physics
Number of Questions: 100 fivechoice questions.
Topics Included:
 Classical Mechanics
 Electromagnetism
 Optics and Wave Phenomena
 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
 Quantum Mechanics
 Atomic Physics
 Special Relativity
 Laboratory Methods
 Specialized Topics
6. Psychology
Number of Questions: 205 fivechoice questions.
Topics Included:
 Biological
 Cognitive
 Developmental
 Social
 Clinical
 Measurement/Methodology/Other
Exam Pattern of GRE
1. GRE General Test Exam Pattern
 Conducting Time: Twice a year
Test Syllabus & Question Types
Sections 
No. of Sections 
No. of Questions 
Types of Questions 
Duration 

Quantitative Reasoning 
2 
20+20=40 Questions 

ComputerDelivered: 70 min 
Verbal Reasoning 
2 
20+20=40 questions 

ComputerDelivered: 60 min 
Analytical Writing 
2 
1+1=2 questions 

ComputerDelivered: 60 min 
The total duration is 3 hours and 45 minutes in which, students get a break of 3035 minutes. This break is permitted after the completion of the first 3 sections of the 6 sections.
GRE General Test Score Range
Sections 
Score Range 

GRE quantitative reasoning 
130170 with 1point increment 
GRE verbal reasoning 
130170 with 1point increment 
GRE analytical writing assessment 
06 with 0.5point increment 
Grand Total 
260340 
GRE Subject Test Exam Pattern
 Conducting Time: Indian students are allowed to take GRE subject tests only in October.
 Test Duration: 2 hours and 50 minutes without break.
 GRE Subject Test Score Range: 200990. Uses 10 points increment system and all the subareas of the GRE subject test has a score range of 2099 with a 1point increment. Also, it has a negative marking system in which 1 point is awarded for every correct answer and 0.25 point gets deducted for every wrong answer.
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