Summary and Overview of Changes to GRE General Test from October 2006
Date: Wednesday, November 16 @ 06:49:34 IST
Topic: GRE

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The new GRE General Test will be slightly over four hours long, an increase from the current two-and-a-half-hour exam. It will also no longer be offered in a computer-adaptive format, where the difficulty of the test is determined by the test takerís right or wrong answers. Instead, it will be offered in a linear format, in which every student takes the same exam.

Changes to the Verbal Reasoning measure include:

* two 40-minute sections rather than one 30-minute section
* greater emphasis on higher cognitive skills and less dependence on vocabulary
* a broader selection of reading passages including sentence-equivalence questions
* expansion of computer-enabled tasks

Changes to the Quantitative Reasoning measure include:

* two 40-minute sections rather than one 45-minute section
* fewer geometry questions
* more real-life scenarios and data interpretation questions
* on-screen, four-function calculator with square-root feature

Changes to the Analytical Writing measure include:

* 15 minutes shorter
* more focused questions to ensure original analytical writing
* 30-minute argument and issue tasks

Each test will also contain a variable section that will not count toward a test takerís score but will be used to select questions for future versions of the exam.

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