GRE Test has two tests in both the Computer-Delivered test and the 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 information about the general eligibility criteria for taking the test. The GRE 2021 aspirants must know the GRE syllabus 2021 to prepare diligently for the exam. The candidates must also gather all the study materials according to the syllabus.
GRE Syllabus 2021
There is no specific syllabus for the GRE General test but overseeing the test structure and information are given on the Official Website of ETS-GRE. Therefore, one can always equip themselves with enough study materials to ace the test.
Skills Tested In GRE
- GRE Syllabus aims at testing the skills that are required for success in today’s demanding graduate programs. These also include business and law.
- The GRE General test has three papers for the candidates to focus on Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning.
- To prepare in the best way possible, you need to be knowing the exam pattern, so visit the GRE Exam Pattern section.
GRE General Test Syllabus
GRE general test can be taken by any candidate. The general test takes the test of student's Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytica writing skills. The candidates thinking to take the general test should go through the GRE general syllabus and start their preparation accordingly.
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 understanding the skills measured and how the tasks are scored. It is also helpful to review the scoring guides, sample topics, scored sample essay responses and rater's commentary for each task.
- Of the two tasks, the 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 problem, 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 argument's logical soundness rather than agree or disagree with the position it presents.
The very commonly recommended preparation of this section is to go through the editorial sections of any English dailies and magazines for a few months religiously.
Verbal Reasoning
Verbal Reasoning assesses applicants' ability to analyze and evaluate written material, synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among parts of sentences, and recognize relationships among words and concepts.
This section encompasses almost all the grammatical fields of the 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 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 subjects 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 available 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 to test candidates' achievement in specific subject areas and assume 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 | 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 |
GRE Exam Pattern
The candidates are advised to see the GRE exam pattern while preparing for the test as it would help the candidates get an extra edge over other candidates. Being familiar with the exam pattern will also help the candidates to manage their time in the test. GRE test is divided into three sections: Quantitative reasoning, Verbal reasoning and Analytical writing. Total three hours thirty minutes ( 3hrs 30 mins, i.e. 210 mins) will be given to complete the test. Three hours forty minutes ( 3hrs 40min, i.e., 220 mins) will be given for a computer-based test.The candidates while preparing for the exam can look for some reference books and online study material to ace their preparation.
Test Pattern for Computer-Delivered General GRE
The GRE computer-based test is divided into various sections, and these sections are further divided into two sub-sections. Quantitative and Verbal reasoning is divided into two subsections with 40 questions in total. Analytical writing has only 1 section with two tasks in it. There are two other variable sections other than these main sections. A ten min break is given after quantitative reasoning is completed, and then these variable sections are started. These two variable section's scores are not included in the GRE Final Scores.
Find below the table to understand the pattern of the test.
GRE Section |
No. of Sections |
Duration |
---|---|---|
Analytical Writing |
1 Section - Two tasks |
60 minutes |
Vervbal Reasoning |
2 Section - 40 Questions |
60 minutes |
Quantitative Reasoning |
2 Section - 40 Questions |
70 minutes |
Unscored |
Varies |
Varies |
Research |
Varies |
Varies |
Test Pattern for Paper-Delivered General GRE
The GRE paper-delivered test is divided into three sections which are further subdivided into two subsections each. Analytical writing has two subsections which have two tasks. The Verbal and Quantitative reasoning has two subsections with 50 questions in total.
Refer to the below table for more details.
GRE Section | No. of Sections | Duration |
---|---|---|
Analytical Writing | 2 Section - Two tasks | 60 minutes |
Verbal Reasoning | 2 Section - 50 Questions | 70 minutes |
Quantitative Reasoning | 2 Section - 50 Questions | 80 minutes |
Unscored | NA | NA |
Research | NA | NA |