What is Computer Based Test

Computer-Based Test Format

What Computer Skills do you Need? You need only minimal computer skills to complete the GRE exam. Familiarize yourself with the mechanics of taking a computer-based test by using the GRE Tutorials included in the free free GRE POWERPREP II software. The tutorials cover such topics as:

  • - using a mouse
  • - entering responses
  • - moving on to the next question
  • - using the word processor
  • - accessing the Help function
  • Before the day of your test, review the testing tools covered in the tutorials. Although you will be able to use a Help function during the test, the time spent doing so will count against the time allotted for completing a test section.

How do I Mark My Answers?

The GRE Test allows you to freely move forward and backward throughout an entire section. Specific features include:

A "mark and review" feature to tag questions, so you can skip and return later

The ability to change/edit answers within a section

An on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section

New answer formats, including tasks such as numeric entry and highlighting a sentence in a passage to answer a question

What word processing software is used for the Analytical Writing section of the computer-based test? What tools does it have?

The GRE Program uses an elementary word processor developed by ETS so that individuals familiar or unfamiliar with specific commercial word processing software do not have an advantage or disadvantage. The ETS software contains the following functions:

  • - inserting text (i.e. typing the text)
  • - deleting text
  • - cutting and pasting of text
  • - undoing the previous action

Tools such as spell-checkers and grammar-checkers are not available in the ETS software, in large part to maintain fairness with regard to those examinees who handwrite their essays at paper-based administrations. You can practice writing essays using the word processor component of GRE POWERPREP II software

Are all questions counted?

Every test contains trial multiple-choice questions being pretested for use in a real exam. These questions are not identified and appear in different locations within the test. You should, therefore, do your best on all questions. Answers to trial questions are not counted in the scoring of your test.