The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most Graduate Schools in the United States. The GRE was created in 1949. The GRE aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of learning.
The content of the GRE consists of certain specific algebra, geometry, arithmetic, and vocabulary. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based exam administered at Prometric testing centers. This exam is comprised of three different sections. These sections are;
Analytical Writing Assessment:
One 30-minute “Analyze an Issue” task, and one 30-minute “Analyze an Argument” task.
Two 20-question sections containing arithmetic, algebra, geometry, quantitative comparisons, and data interpretation questions. Average time for each section is 35 minutes.
Two 20-question sections containing analogies/synonyms, sentence completions, and comprehension reading questions.
The GRE revised test provides a common testing grounds for candidates from all works of life. Candidates for this exam are drawn from all parts of the world and different educational background.
The Verbal Reasoning segment measures your capacity to: analyze and draw conclusions from discourse; reason from incomplete data; identify author’s assumptions and/or perspective; understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author’s intent select important points; distinguish major from minor or relevant points; summarize text; understand the structure of a text understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts; understand relationships among words and among concepts Featuring new types of questions, the Verbal Reasoning section measures your ability to understand what you read and how you apply your reasoning skills.
The Quantitative Reasoning segment measures your capacity to: Understand quantitative information Interpret and analyze quantitative information Proffer solutions to difficulties using mathematical models The main purpose of this section is to test your numerical capacity and the ability to apply them in solving real life problems with available data. There is onscreen calculator for the CBT version, and a calculator is provided for the none CBT version of this exams.
The Analytical Writing section measures your capacity to:
- Understand multifaceted ideas clearly and efficiently
- support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
- Establish claims with accompanying evidence
- sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
- control the elements of standard written English
In this section, the candidate is required to provide responses purely based on the tasks at hand. This allows you to accurately demonstrate your skill in directly responding to a task based on available data and information provided. GRE candidates in Nigeria are required to provide a valid international passport as means of identification on the examination day. Just like every other exams demand preparations, GRE candidates are advised to prepare for the exams. We recommend at least 8 to 9 weeks preparation time as this will help you master your skills set in all component part of the exams.