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Old GRE Pattern Vs New GRE 2011 : New GRE Format from Aug 2011

January 31st, 2011 Posted by VFreshers

The GRE exam pattern is changing and the new GRE Exam will be offered from August 2011. The registrations for the new GRE exam will open on March 15, 2011.

That means that the computer based old GRE is going to be offered until July 31, 2011. There has been quite a furor amongst the student community about the kind of pattern that will be there in the new exam and what the comparison between new GRE and old GRE is.

The dates for the cew Paper based GRE are:

  1. October 22, 2011
  2. November 19, 2011
  3. February 11, 2012

The first difference is in the Question types in the Verbal Reasoning. The new GRE has none of these:

  1. No Analogies
  2. No Antonyms
  3. Has Text Completion questions
  4. Has Sentence Equivalence Questions
  5. More Reading Comprehensions and highlight sentences within RCs

The questions in this section have been reduced from 200 to 800 to now only 130 to 170 and have a 1 point increment to them. The Verbal Ability has two sections and 20 questions rather than 1 section and 30 questions in the old pattern. The time to be taken is 20 minutes and the old pattern had 30 minutes.

Moving on to the next sections, the Quantitative Reasoning one, the changes made are:

  • emphasis on data interpretation and real-life scenarios
  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Select one answer
  • Pick from multiple answers
  • Numeric Entry Questions
  • On-screen calculator will be allowed

There are 130 to 170 scores in this section and comes with 1 point increment. This gets you about 20 questions with 2 sections and takes one 35 minutes. This is against the 28 questions that were there in the previous pattern with 28 questions and 45 minutes to complete it.

The third and last section of the GRE Exam is Analytical Writing. The old pattern had 2 essays to be written. The new one has a Logical Argument and Critical Issue. The topics are more specific and have no choices attached to them. The essays will take you 30 minutes against the 45 minutes for the issue essay and the 30 minutes for the argument essay.

The scores will be sent to your universities by mid-November in the new GRE pattern that is provided you go on and take the test between August and September. If you take the test later say in October and November then your scores will be sent in late November or afterwards. There are several different books that are available on the new GRE pattern that you can go through and revise the new test pattern. The test scores that you get are valid for the next five years from the test date.

There is a ten minute break after the third section of the new GRE test. Also, there is a one minute break after each of the sections.

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