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GRE's New & Shorter Version: What You Need to Know

Jun 12, 2023

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Exciting news for aspiring graduate students! The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the globally recognized test for graduate school admissions, is undergoing significant changes to provide a more streamlined and user-friendly experience. The Educational Testing Service (ETS), the organization responsible for the GRE, has announced a shorter and more focused test format to better meet the needs of test-takers.

As announced recently, the ETS has revamped the GRE with a number of significant changes. Read on to know more about these changes before you get started with your test preparation for GRE.

So, what exactly are these changes? Let's dive into the exciting updates.

  1. Shorter Test Duration
    The new GRE will now be less than 2 hours. With a test duration of 1 hour 58 minutes, GRE is now the shortest test of general skills for admission to graduate and professional programs.
  2. Reduced Number of Questions
    With the new update, the number of questions asked has been significantly reduced. The Analytical Writing section will now have 1 essay writing task. Whereas, Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections will have 27 questions each. 
  3. Removal of the Unscored Section
    The Unscored Section has been completely removed in the new version of GRE.
  4. Removal of Scheduled Break
    The new version of the GRE won’t have the previous 10-minute break. 
  5. Faster Official Scores 
    Test takers will now get their official scores much faster than before. They can expect to receive their official scores in just 8-10 days.

The new GRE format will go into effect starting on September 22, 2023. However, registration for this shorter test has already begun. 

Since the test duration has become shorter and more streamlined, you might be wondering about the score scale. Well, the score scale will remain the same. In addition to this, the test taker can access the official resources as the question types are more or less the same. 

With these exciting changes, the GRE continues to be one of the most popular tests for graduate school admissions. The ETS is committed to supporting aspiring scholars worldwide by providing an efficient, fair, and reliable assessment that opens doors to a bright future.

These are the latest changes that every GRE test taker must be aware of. Furthermore, if you require any assistance or wish to join GRE coaching, then look no further than KC Overseas Education. At KC, we provide comprehensive online and offline coaching for GRE. Our esteemed faculty will provide all the resources and training necessary to ace your test and get high scores. 

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