GRE Test Prep Resources and Study Tools

Masters Program acceptance is competitive and challenging, and preparing for the Revised GRE is an essential part of applying to any Masters Program. By participating in the right GRE test prep course with Quantum Test Prep, you can increase your chances of being accepted to your first-choice schools.

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In addition to our regular GRE course materials, we at Quantum have also compiled a list of other supplemental GRE resources (see below) that you may find useful as you begin your formal GRE preparation. Get the most for your money and for your future with GRE test prep at Quantum. We’ll help you get there!

Revised GRE Exam Format

The Revised GRE® General Test, introduced in August 2011, features a new test-taker friendly design and new question types that more closely reflects the kind of thinking you’ll do in graduate school and demonstrates that you are ready for graduate-level work. Graduate schools use Revised GRE® scores to evaluate students’ readiness for graduate-level work. The Revised GRE General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study.

The computer-based Revised GRE General Test is composed of Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections. The Analytical Writing section is always first. In addition, one unidentified, unscored section may be included and may appear in any position in the test after the Analytical Writing section. Questions in the unscored section are being tested for possible use in future tests, and answers will not count toward your scores.

An identified research section that is not scored may also be included, and if so, it will always appear at the end of the test. The Verbal and Quantitative sections, including the unidentified unscored section, may appear in any order. Treat each section presented during your test as if it counts.

Verbal Reasoning

— Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.

Quantitative Reasoning

— Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.

Analytical Writing

— Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.

Total testing time is three hours and 45 minutes. There are a total of six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section. The directions at the beginning of each section specify the total number of questions in the section and the time allowed for the section.

Analytical Writing 1. “Issue” Task
2. “Argument” Task
30 Minutes
30 Minutes
Verbal Reasoning
(Two sections)
20 Questions per section 30 Minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning
(Two sections)
20 Questions per section 35 Minutes per section
Unscored Varies Varies
Research Varies Varies

GRE Verbal Section

The Verbal Reasoning section of the GRE® revised General Test contains three types of questions:

Reading Comprehension Questions

There are three types of Reading Comprehension questions:

  1. Multiple-choice Questions — Select One Answer Choice: These are the traditional multiple-choice questions with five answer choices of which you must select one.
  2. Multiple-choice Questions — Select One or More Answer Choices: These provide three answer choices and ask you to select all that are correct; one, two or all three of the answer choices may be correct. To gain credit for these questions, you must select all the correct answers, and only those; there is no credit for partially correct answers.
  3. Select-in-Passage: The question asks you to click on the sentence in the passage that meets a certain description. To answer the question, you choose one of the sentences and click on it; clicking anywhere on a sentence will highlight it.

Reading comprehension passages are drawn from the physical sciences, the biological sciences, the social sciences, the arts and humanities, and everyday topics, and are based on material found in books and periodicals, both academic and nonacademic. The passages range in length from one paragraph to four or five paragraphs.

Text Completion Questions

Text Completion questions include a passage composed of one to five sentences with one to three blanks. There are three answer choices per blank, or five answer choices if there is a single blank. There is a single correct answer, consisting of one choice for each blank. You receive no credit for partially correct answers.

Sentence Equivalence Questions

Sentence Equivalence questions consist of a single sentence, one blank, and six answer choices. These questions require you to select two of the answer choices. You receive no credit for partially correct answers.

GRE Math Section

The Quantitative Reasoning section of the GRE® revised General Test contains four types of questions:

Quantitative Comparison

Questions of this type ask you to compare two quantities — Quantity A and Quantity B — and then determine which of four statements describes the comparison.

Multiple-choice Questions — Select One Answer Choice

These questions are multiple-choice questions that ask you to select only one answer choice from a list of five choices.

Multiple-choice Questions — Select One or More Answer Choices

These questions are multiple-choice questions that ask you to select one or more answer choices from a list of choices. A question may or may not specify the number of choices to select.

Numeric Entry Questions

Questions of this type ask you either to enter the answer as an integer or a decimal in a single answer box or to enter it as a fraction in two separate boxes — one for the numerator and one for the denominator. In the computer-based test, the computer mouse and keyboard are used to enter the answer.

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Practice Book for the Paper-based GRE® revised General Test

Download this publication for a simulated test-taking experience of the paper-based GRE revised General Test. You’ll get the following: one full-length paper-based test, test-taking strategies, sample Verbal and Quantitative questions with explanations, sample Analytical Writing topics, scored Analytical Writing responses and reader commentary and information on how the test is scored.

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GRE Math Review

The GRE Math Review is designed to familiarize students with the mathematical skills and concepts likely to be tested on the Graduate Record Examinations General Test. This material, which is divided into the four basic content areas of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis, includes many definitions and examples with solutions, and there is a set of exercises (with answers) at the end of each of these four sections.

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GRE Math Conventions

Learn more about mathematical assumptions particular to the GRE revised General Test. Includes notation and terminology as well as guidelines for interpreting and using information given in test questions.

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Diagnostic Tests:

GRE Powerprep® Software

Test Preparation for the GRE® General Test Includes two computer-based GRE General Tests, sample Analytical Writing topics, scored sample essays and reader commentary, test-taking strategies, a math review, and test tutorials.

GRE PowerPrep II Software

The free GRE POWERPREP® II software provides students with a comprehensive theory and content overview of each section of the revised GRE® General Test. The software also contains a GRE Test Preview Tool and two full-length GRE Practice Tests to help prepare you for the real test day.

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GRE Information and Registration Bulletin

The GRE Information and Registration Bulletin answers your questions about taking the GRE exam. It includes comprehensive information on:

  • Registering for the Graduate Record Exam
  • Rescheduling or canceling a GRE appointment
  • The format and content of the GRE exam
  • GRE scores and reports
  • GRE test centre locations & test centre codes

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Practicing to Take the GRE General Test, 10th Edition

This official guide contains Verbal and Quantitative sections from 7 previously administered paper-based GRE® General Tests, including one test with explanations. It also provides several examples of each type of test question found on the test along with explanations of the correct answers.

It includes Analytical Writing information with sample topics, responses and scoring information and contains a math review section to familiarize students with the mathematical skills and concepts likely to be tested. Test-taking strategies, answer sheets, correct answers and score conversion tables are also included.

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Official Guide to the GRE® Revised General Test

For All Test Dates on or After August 1, 2011
This Official Guide has been created by the ETS team that actually makes the test. Only ETS can show you exactly what to expect on the revised exam and give you hundreds of authentic test questions for practice. This guide is packed with everything you need to succeed on the test — and move forward towards completing your graduate degree.

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