GRE: For future Masters

What is GRE?

GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required when you want to get Doctor of Philosophy or Master’s degree in US universities.

There are 2 types of GRE test: General Test and Subject Test.

General Test evaluates Verbal, Mathematics and Analytical skills. It’s adaptive computer test. At the beginning you get a question of medium difficulty. Selecting a next question, a computer use information about your previous answer. If you answered right, you get more difficult question. If wrong you get an easier one.

Structure of GRE

General Test consists of 3 sections, each of them combines questions of different types:
Verbal Ability (Analogies, Antonyms, Sentence Completions, Reading Comprehension)
Quantitative Ability (Quantitative Comparison, Problem Solving)
Analytical Writing Ability

Let’s describe each subtype:

Analogies. Questions of this type test your ability to understand connections existing between words. You need to search for the same type of connection. There are can be connections of size, degree and place similarity.
Antonyms. Check your vocabulary. It requires general words knowledge and ability to see light nuances between answer variants. Check your knowledge of adjectives, verbs and nouns. Variants of answer can contain separate words or phrases.
Sentence Completions. Evaluation of your ability to understand general meaning of sentences with help of different syntax and grammar keys.

Deciding which 5 words or phrases should be input in empty space, you need to analyze connections between parts of an incomplete sentence. You need to consider each variant and decide on which one complete a sentence.
Reading Comprehension. Measuring your ability of reading and understanding. You need to demonstrate your analysis skills. There are 6 types of questions used in this section:
Main idea of text
Information given by text
Information suggested or implied by author
Possible realizations of ideas in different situations
Mood of Author
Text Topics are taken from different sciences.
Quantitative Comparison. Questions of this section test your ability to think quickly and compare. Some of them are easy, others more difficult.
Problem Solving. It’s standard tasks with 5 variants of answer. You need to choose the best one. Some questions contain all necessary information, while others need to be combined with other 2 to 5 questions.
Analytical Writing Ability. Measures ability to formulate and state complicated ideas, analyze arguments and discuss.
Subject Test. Evaluate specific knowledge of 8 subjects: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Literature in English; Mathematics; Physics; Psychology.

General length of each test is 2 hours 50 minutes.

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