GRE Syllabus

GRE Test has 2 tests in both of the Computer-Delivered test and Paper-Delivered test. The tests are the GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test. The details regarding the syllabus for both tests are given below. Check the GRE Eligibility to know more details about the general eligibility criteria for taking the Test.

GRE General Test

There is no specific syllabus for the GRE General test but overseeing the structure of the test and information are given on Official Website of ETS-GRE one can always equip themselves with enough study materials to ace the test.

  • GRE Syllabus aims at testing the skills that are required for success in today’s demanding graduate programs. These also include business and law.
  • Basically, the GRE General test has three papers for the candidates to focus on themselves on, namely the Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning.

To prepare in the best way possible you need to be knowing the exam pattern, so visit the GRE Exam Pattern section.

Analytical Writing

This paper evaluates the applicants' ability to articulate and support complex ideas, construct and evaluate arguments, and sustain a focused and coherent discussion but does not assess specific content knowledge.

  • However confident the applicant about his/her writing skills, he/she must spend some time to understand the skills measured and how the tasks are scored. It is also useful to review the scoring guides, sample topics, scored sample essay responses and rater's commentary for each task.
  • Of the two tasks, first one the Issue task presents an opinion on an issue of general interest followed by specific instructions on how to respond to that issue. The applicant is required to evaluate the issue, consider its complexities and develop an argument with reasons and examples to support one's view.
  • The second one, the Argument task requires the applicant to evaluate a given argument according to specific instructions. The applicant will need to consider the logical soundness of the argument rather than agree or disagree with the position it presents.

The very commonly recommended in the preparation of this section is to go through the editorial sections of any English dailies and magazines for a few months religiously. 

Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning assesses applicants' ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.

This section encompasses almost all the grammatical fields of English Language like basic categories like reading comprehension, antonyms, synonyms, use of articles, tenses, figures of speech, idioms and phrases, word and sentence correction etc. In short Verbal Reasoning, the paper contains three types of questions, viz

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Text Completion
  • Sentence Equivalence
Verbal Reasoning Contents
Basic Sentence Structure: Nouns, Pronouns & Adjectives
Verb Tense
Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Pronoun Agreement
Subject-Verb Agreement
Modifiers
Parallelism

Quantitative Reasoning

This particular paper tests the basic mathematical skills, understanding of elementary mathematical concepts, ability to reason quantitatively and to model and solve problems with quantitative methods of the candidate.

  • Stronghold of basic mathematics like Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Data Analysis is highly desired. One can improve the score faster for this paper than any other section, therefore more attention by way of practising is recommended.
  • Some of the topics in Geometry include-quadrilaterals, the Pythagorean theorem, perimeter, area, and volume etc. And that of Arithmetic includes- factorization, sequences of numbers, and properties and types of integers etc.
  • Those of Algebra includes factoring and simplifying algebraic expressions, coordinate geometry etc. Data analysis topics include basic descriptive statistics, conditional probability, elementary probability or basically topics that are typically taught in high school algebra.
Quantitative reasoning Contents
Ratio and proportion Profit and loss
Simple and compound interest Speed, distance and time
Permutation & combination Linear equations
Quadratic equations Sets Theory
Statistics Powers and roots
Probability Pipes, cisterns, work, time
Lines and angles Triangles
Polygon Quadrilateral
Circles Co-ordinate geometry
Order of operations Volume and surface area
Percentage Number properties

GRE-Subject Test

This paper is only available on offline or paper mode in selected centres up to three times a year during September, October and April. The total time of the test is two hours 50 minutes and there is neither a break in between nor it is separately timed.

GRE Subject Test aims at testing the achievement of candidates in specific subject areas and assumes that the candidate is an undergraduate major or has extensive knowledge in those disciplines.

The GRE Subject Test is available for the following six topics:

  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
Subject-wise Contents
Subject Contents
Biology Cellular and Molecular Biology
Organismal Biology
Ecology and Evolution
Chemistry Analytical Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Literature in English Literary Analysis
Identification
Cultural and Historical Contexts
History and Theory of Literary Criticism
Mathematics Calculus
Algebra
Discrete Mathematics
Real Analysis
Probability and Statistics
Additional Mathematics
Physics Classical Mechanics
Electromagnetism
Optics and Wave Phenomena
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Quantum Mechanics
Atomic Physics
Special Relativity
Laboratory Methods
Specialized Topics like Nuclear and Particle Physics etc.
Psychology Biological
Cognitive
Social
Developmental
Clinical
Measurement/Methodology/Other

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