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A detailed look at the GRE Syllabus

One of the first things you should do before you start your GRE preparation is to get completely familiar with the GRE syllabus. This article will address aspects such as question types, sections and scoring mechanism to give you an in-depth understanding of all you need to know before you start your GRE preparation.

 

GRE Syllabus : Scored Sections

Analytical Writing Assessments Verbal Reasoning Quantitative Reasoning
Tasks 2 Sections 2 Sections 2
Issue Task 30 minutes Number of Questions each 20 Number of Questions each 20
Argument Task 30 minutes Time per section 30 Time per section 35

 

Distribution of Questions in GRE Quantitative Reasoning

GRE quantitative syllabus

Distribution of Questions in GRE Verbal Reasoning

Scoring Mechanism

GRE scoring mechanism

 

What does this actually translate to?

With a bit of testing on the GRE prep software, we arrived at the following conclusions.

No. of questions to get correct on Quant I and corresponding Quant II section Difficulty.

0-7 correct: Easy
8-14 correct: Medium
15-20 correct: Hard

No. of questions to get correct on Verbal I and corresponding Verbal II section Difficulty.

0-6 correct: Easy
7-14 correct: Medium
15-20 correct: Hard

In other words… 

  • Total number of questions you get correct does not really decide your final score.
  • The section II you get is a huge determinant of your final score range.
  • A Medium difficulty Section II is not a bad thing though, getting a 14 on vs 15 on Verbal I

Knowing the GRE sylabus alone will not help you get a higher score, but it will definitely help you start your GRE prep on the right footing. Aspects such as section wise adaptivity help construct some useful strategies on the GRE test.

Some of these strategies are: 

  1. Triage the test. Attempt easy and medium level questions within a section first.
  2. Leave no question unanswered. There is no negative makering.
  3. Don’t obsess about getting getting ALL questions right. Getting about 70 percent rigth in each section will be enough to get you a 320 score! 
  4. Time is more valuable than accuracy in some instances. It’s better to get a question wrong in 30 seconds (and use that time on other questions) than spend 5 minutes on a question and get it right! 

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Vaishnavi
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Vaishnavi
GRE 99 percentiler

Vaishnavi's GRE success with Plusprep
The classes, the way they were structured and the level of individual attention was good. The teachers use novel method to help make learning interesting, I was able to remember everything and apply all I learned on test day. It was a very nice experience and I strongly recommend Plus Prep to anyone!
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"The classes were very innovative; for example, the verbal trainer used very interesting puzzles and games to help teach vocabulary. Even difficult and "boring" topics seemed fun and interesting with the teachers.  I owe my 98 percentile on the GRE to Plus Prep!"

Yagneseni
Masters in Mechanical Engineering - MIT
GRE 337

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Yagneseni
Masters in Mechanical Engineering - MIT
GRE 337

Yaganeseni's GRE success with Plusprep
"The classes were very innovative; for example, the verbal trainer used very interesting puzzles and games to help teach vocabulary. Even difficult and "boring" topics seemed fun and interesting with the teachers.  I owe my 98 percentile on the GRE to Plus Prep!"
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I joined PlusPrep for the TOEFL and GRE course in August and I would like to mention this was one of the best decisions I took, initially I was skeptical, but after attending the demo I knew this is the best place to be and I was proven right, the best part was complete attention given to each student and a personalized approach to training, its one of the best training institutes for GRE in my opinion and that too at the lowest possible price.

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GRE 328

mani's GRE and TOEFL success with Plusprep
I joined PlusPrep for the TOEFL and GRE course in August and I would like to mention this was one of the best decisions I took, initially I was skeptical, but after attending the demo I knew this is the best place to be and I was proven right, the best part was complete attention given to each student and a personalized approach to training, its one of the best training institutes for GRE in my opinion and that too at the lowest possible price.
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