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Your Comprehensive Guide to GRE exam preparation

Understanding the GRE

The GRE, a standardized entrance exam, evaluates the academic and practical abilities of international students seeking postgraduate education in various international institutions. This comprehensive exam assesses critical thinking, abstract reasoning, and problem-solving skills.

While numerous educational institutions in countries like the USA, Canada, and Australia consider GRE scores for admissions, it’s important to note that the GRE might not be mandatory for universities in the UK. Some institutions have made these scores optional, so applicants should verify their desired university’s requirements before taking the exam.

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GRE Score Validity

GRE scores remain valid for five years from the exam date, providing candidates ample time to utilize their scores for admissions.

New GRE Format from 2023

From 22nd Sept 2023 new format will apply

Test sections and timing before September 22, 2023

The overall testing time is about 3 hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.


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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)

20 questions per section

30 minutes per section

Quantitative Reasoning
(Two sections)

20 questions per section

35 minutes per section







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Mock Tests and Practice Sessions:

We understand the significance of practice and offer a series of mock tests and practice sessions mirroring the IELTS exam format. These simulated tests not only help you familiarize yourself with the exam pattern but also gauge your progress, identifying areas for improvement.

What Constitutes a Good GRE Score?

A good GRE score depends on the specific graduate program and its admission criteria. Typically, a competitive score aligns with or surpasses the 50th percentile of scores for the intended programs. Scores range from 130 to 170 in each section, with an overall score of 340. Scoring 160 or higher in each section or a total score of 320 is generally considered good.

Test sections and timing (beginning September 22, 2023)

The overall test time is about 1 hour and 58 minutes. There are five sections.


Number of Questions

Allotted Time

Analytical Writing (One section)

One “Analyze an Issue” task

30 minutes

Verbal Reasoning (Two sections)

Section 1: 12 questions

Section 2: 15 questions

Section 1: 18 minutes

Section 2: 23 minutes

Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections)

Section 1: 12 questions

Section 2: 15 questions

Section 1: 21 minutes

Section 2: 26 minutes

No unscored section : for research purposes in the new format. The question types will be the same, the scoring pattern will be the same!

Effective GRE Preparation Tips

Preparing for the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) might seem daunting, but with a strategic study plan, success is attainable. Here are steps to help you prepare thoroughly:

Understanding Exam Format

Get familiar with the GRE format: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Each section has its structure and time constraints.

Diagnostic Test

Start with a diagnostic test: Evaluate strengths and weaknesses using ETS’s free online diagnostic test. This aids in crafting a customised study plan.

Structured Study Plan

Create a tailored study plan: Based on your diagnostic results, set a score goal, allocate study hours, and concentrate on areas that need improvement.

Consistent Study Schedule

Stay consistent: Stick to a study schedule. Utilise diverse study materials—textbooks, online resources, and practice tests—to maintain consistency.

Real GRE Practice

Practice with genuine GRE materials: Access official GRE practice resources like the Official Guide to the GRE revised General Test, offering authentic GRE questions and complete practice tests.

Mock Tests

Take practice exams: Regularly test yourself to track progress, boost confidence, and refine test-taking strategies. Utilise online free tests or GRE prep books featuring practice exams.

Learn from Mistakes

Review and learn from errors: Understanding the reasons behind mistakes prevents repetition and enhances learning.

Seek Guidance

Request feedback: Consult a GRE tutor or someone experienced in the GRE for insights and guidance to strengthen weaknesses.

Maintain Positivity

Stay optimistic: Focus on growth and progress rather than dwelling on mistakes to maintain confidence throughout your preparation journey.

Preparing for the GRE with CareerCheQGoAbroad

At CareerCheQGoAbroad, we understand the significance of excelling in the GRE. Our comprehensive GRE preparation course aims to guide you through each step of your preparation journey.

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Tailored Study Plans:
We develop personalized study plans based on your diagnostic test results, focusing on your strengths and addressing weaknesses.

xpert Guidance:
Our experienced tutors provide expert guidance, offering valuable insights, tips, and strategies to improve your performance.

Extensive Resources:
Access a range of resources including practice tests, study materials, and GRE-specific content to enhance your preparation.

Mock Tests and Analysis:
Take simulated GRE tests to gauge progress and refine test-taking strategies. Our detailed analysis helps identify areas for improvement.

FAQs and Doubt Resolution:
We address your queries, providing clarity on GRE-related doubts through our support team and interactive sessions. 

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Aim to take the GRE 60-90 days before your first application deadline to allow for retests if necessary.

A competitive score varies for each program but generally aims for a score above the 50th percentile.

GRE scores are valid for five years from the test date.

Yes, you can retake the GRE after 21 days, up to five times within a year.

The GRE General Test is most common for postgraduate programs, but there are also subject-specific GRE tests.