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    Preparing for the Upcoming Changes to the GRE

    06 August 2023

    Preparing for the Upcoming Changes to the GRE

    The GRE is Getting an Upgrade

    The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized exam that is an admissions requirement for many graduate schools in the United States and Canada. In recent years, the GRE has undergone some major changes in order to better reflect the skills that students need to succeed in today’s graduate programs.

    Additional revisions to the exam are set to roll out in 2023, so it’s important for test-takers to understand what’s coming. Being aware of the upcoming changes to the GRE can help you form an effective study plan.

    What’s Improving on the GRE in 2023?

    The GRE revisions set for 2023, applied for tests from September 22, 2023 onwards, are focused on making the exam an even better assessment of the skills required for rigorous graduate-level work. Here are some of the planned updates:

    • The overall test length has been reduced from 3 hours and 45 minutes to just under 2 hours.
    • The “Analyze an Argument” task, one of two essays in the Analytical Writing section, has been removed.
    • The number of questions has decreased from 100 to 54, which is equivalent to the reduction in test time. This means test-takers will have a similar amount of time per question.
    • The unscored section, previously used for test development purposes, has been removed.
    • Scheduled breaks are no longer provided during the shorter GRE test, demanding sustained focus throughout the entire duration.
    • Test scores are now accessible within 10-15 days after taking the exam, marking a significant improvement over the previous wait time of 15-20 days.

    Below is a table of the sections and time allotted for each:

    Section Structure Estimated Timing
    Analytical Writing 1 section, 1 essay 30 minutes
    Quantitative Reasoning 2 sections, 27 questions total 47 minutes total
    Verbal Reasoning 2 sections, 27 questions total 41 minutes total
    Total 5 sections 1 hour, 58 minutes

    These changes show that the GRE is evolving to meet the needs of graduate programs and provide test-takers with a better experience.

    Preparing for the Upcoming Changes to the GRE

    How Should You Prepare for the New GRE Format?

    To succeed on the updated GRE in 2023, your prep strategy should adapt to align with the revised content and test features. Here are some tips:

    • Work through complex verbal passages similar to graduate-level reading
    • Practice quantitative problems with more statistics, data interpretation and real-world scenarios
    • Strengthen analytical writing skills for the revised Issue essay
    • Take practice tests with the new timing and breaks
    • Consider utilizing the at-home online testing option

    Overall, focusing your study plan on the areas being enhanced will help you conquer the changes ahead.

    Details of the changes: Comparing the Current and Shorter GRE® General Test (cleveracademy.vn)

    Get Ready for the GRE at Clever Academy

    As the GRE continues to evolve, Clever Academy is committed to helping students prepare through our comprehensive courses.

    What We Offer:

    • Instruction targeting the new content and question types
    • Practice exams formatted to match the upcoming revisions
    • Expert instructors who stay up-to-date on the latest GRE updates
    • Flexible online and in-person prep options
    • Guaranteed score improvement

    Benefits for Students:

    • Learn exactly what to expect on test day
    • Practice the specific skills needed to excel
    • Receive individualized guidance from GRE experts
    • Gain confidence by improving your scores
    • Maximize your graduate school prospects

    The GRE is changing, but Clever Academy has you covered. Learn more about our industry-leading test prep and enroll today! Contact us for more information & consultation. 


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