The GRE is a 1 hour 58 minute computer-adaptive test (CAT) that has three sections: an Analytical Writing task, a Quantitative section, and a Verbal section. Here's an overview of what's on each GRE section.

GRE Format

Analytical Writing Section
  • 1 task
  • 30 minutes total
  • Tests ability to communicate complex ideas in a concise and effective way, evaluate claims and evidence, support ideas using logical reasoning and relevant examples, and use standard written English to prove an argument
Quantitative Section
  • 2 Sections, 27 questions total
  • 47 minutes
  • Tests basic math topics in arithmetic, algebra, and geometry , plus ability to problem solve and analyze data
  • Questions types: Quantitative Comparisons, Problem Solving, Data Interpretation
Verbal Section
  • 2 Sections, 27 questions total
  • 41 minutes
  • Tests ability to analyze sentences and writing passages, including understanding key concepts and vocabulary-in-context
  • Question types: Reading Comprehension, Text Completion, Sentence Equivalence