GRE Preparation

GRE Syllabus 2019

Candidates wanting to pursue graduate studies abroad are required to qualify their Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). Candidates are required to check with their university admission guidelines and accordingly start preparing for the test. Candidates can check out the latest GRE Syllabus and the ETS GRE Exam Pattern below. GRE Preparation can be done easily if we follow systematic approach and dedication.

Two test formats

ETS GRE exam has two test formats – GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test. The GRE syllabus is different for each.

  • GRE General Test: General Test is the standard exam that tests students’ verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing skills.
  • GRE Subject Test: For more specific courses a Subject Test might be required by the college, as Subject Test focuses on judging the candidate’s expertise in specific fields. 

What are the Skills Tested in GRE?

  1. Analytical Writing
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. Verbal Reasoning

Also GRE Pattern is ever evolving.For GRE 2019 pattern, you can read more in this article.

GRE Syllabus for General Test

Here is the GRE exam syllabus covering writing syllabus, verbal reasoning syllabus, and Math syllabus:

Analytical Writing for GRE Preparation

The analytical writing section aims to measure the test taker’s ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively, support ideas with relevant reasons and examples, examine claims and accompanying evidence, sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion and control the elements of standard written English. 

Verbal Reasoning

The verbal reasoning section aims to measure the test taker’s ability to analyze and draw conclusions from discourse, reason from incomplete data, identify author’s assumptions and/or perspective, select important points, distinguish major from minor or relevant points, summarize text, understand the structure of a text, understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts and understand relationships among words and concepts. 

List of topics covered under the verbal section for GRE Preparation

  • Basic Sentence structure: Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives
  • Verb Tense
  • Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
  • Pronoun Agreement
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Modifiers
  • Parallelism 

Quantitative Aptitude

The quantitative aptitude section aims to measure the test taker’s ability to understand quantitative information, interpret and analyze quantitative information, solve problems using mathematical models, and apply basic mathematical skills and elementary mathematical concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics. 

List of topics covered in Quantitative Reasoning for GRE Preparation

Ratio and proportionProfit and loss
Simple and compound interestSpeed, distance and time
Permutation & combinationLinear equations
Quadratic equationsSets Theory
StatisticsPowers and roots
ProbabilityPipes, cisterns, work, time
Lines and anglesTriangles
CirclesCo-ordinate geometry
Order of operationsVolume and surface area
PercentageNumber properties
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