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The Ultimate Guide to Know Everything About the New Shorter GRE

As you know, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) underwent adjustments in September of 2023. And now, like many other graduate school applicants, you’re undoubtedly wondering what to expect on the new test.

ETS (the test makers) made significant GRE changes to shorten exam duration for students. The big picture is simple: the total GRE test time dropped from 3 hours and 45 minutes to less than 2 hours.

Plus, the New Shorter GRE Test now offers test takers several benefits. So whether you’re new to the GRE or need a refresher on recent revisions, this post is for you.

Shorter GRE Format Breakdown

Let’s take a look at the most recent enhancements to the Shorter GRE. Here are some improvements you’ll see in the exam itself:

Analytical Writing: Two essays in 60 minutes down to one essay in 30 minutes.

Quantitative Reasoning: 40 questions in 70 minutes down to 27 questions in 47 minutes.

Verbal Reasoning: 40 questions in 60 minutes down to 27 questions in 41 minutes.

Overall Exam Time: 3 hours, 45 minutes down to 1 hour, 58 minutes.

Other New GRE Enhancements and Improvements

The enhancements and improvements do not end there! Other typical changes you’ll notice include:

Faster Reporting of Scores: Your official scores will now be available in your ETS account within 10-15 days after your exam date, rather than the prior 15-day span.

Increased Availability of Test Centers: ETS has increased its network of test centers, giving you additional alternatives for scheduling your exam.

Improved Test-Taking Experience: Several changes have been made to the testing interface to make it more user-friendly and easy to navigate.

Enhanced Security Measures: ETS has introduced additional security elements to secure the GRE’s integrity and provide a fair testing environment for all applicants.

With faster score reporting, you’ll have your results sooner which will allow you to make more informed decisions regarding your graduate school applications. And, who doesn’t enjoy having additional test center options, huh? Because now you may choose a more convenient venue to save time and lower stress on test day.

Not to forget the improved test-taking experience which is particularly noteworthy since a more user-friendly design allows you to concentrate on demonstrating your skills and knowledge with fewer needless interruptions. Furthermore, the strengthened security measures ensure that your dedication and hard work are valued accordingly.

What Stays the Same on The New Shorter GRE?

• The Quantitative and Verbal sections on the new shorter GRE will still be section-adaptive.

• Graduate and professional programs will continue to employ GRE results, as they have.

• The GRE test fees will stay unchanged at ₹ 22,550.

• The scoring scale for the new GRE test will stay the same.

Bottom Line

The new GRE test changes emphasize the GRE’s continued relevance in the admissions process but keep in mind that it is not everything. Other aspects of your application such as essays or letters of recommendation, may be equally significant in determining your admission to a competitive graduate program.

So till then don’t allow exam anxiety to get the best of you and remember to relax before the test!

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