GRE Test Structure

Computer-based General Test Content and Structure

Format and Timing


The overall testing time for the computer-based GRE Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.


Structure of the Computer-based Test
Category Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing (One section with two separately timed tasks) One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task 30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning (Two sections) Approximately 20 questions per section 30 minutes per section
-     10    Minutes    Break
Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections) Approximately 20 questions per section 35 minutes per section
Unscored¹ Varies Varies
Research² Varies Varies
¹An unidentified unscored section may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. It is not counted as part of your score.
²An identified research section that is not scored may be included, and it is always at the end of the test.
The Analytical Writing section will always be first, while the other five sections may appear in any order.