Changes Ahoy!

GRE New Pattern - September 2023

Jul 10 2023



After 2011, this is the first time the GRE is changing. What are the changes, and why have these changes been made? Know the answers to these questions and more in this blog post.

What are the changes in the GRE?

There are several changes taking place in the GRE from September 2023. The GRE General Test will be shortened from just under 4 hours to just under 2 hours, and will report scores faster. The changes to the test include the removal of the “Analyze an Argument” task in the Analytical Writing section, reduced number of questions in the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections, and removal of the unscored section. These changes mark the first of several planned future updates to the GRE General Test, all of which are intended to provide test takers with a better experience that values their time and reduces anxiety and fatigue.

  • Removal of Argument task
  • Removal of unscored section
  • Fewer questions

Will the score remain the same?

Yes, the score scales will remain the same, allowing graduate programs to easily compare performance across individuals who test before and after September 2023 . This will ensure that the scale on which students have been, and are being measured remains the same making it easy for everyone involved!

  • Short answer - Yes!

Are there any new question types?

The only change in the question types is the removal of the “Analyze an Argument” task from the Analytical Writing section. All other GRE General Test question types will remain the same. So, the good news is that your preparation and the preparation materials do not need to change!

  • Short answer - No!

What is the pattern of the test?

The new GRE General Test, starting September 22, 2023, will have the following structure:

  • Analytical Writing: 1 section, 1 essay task, 30 minutes
  • Quantitative Reasoning: 2 sections, 27 questions total, 47 minutes
  • Verbal Reasoning: 2 sections, 27 questions total, 41 minutes
  • The total time for the test will be 1 hour and 58 minutes.

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