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GRE format to change in 2011

education Updated: Jul 14, 2010 10:26 IST

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GRE is set to undergo a makeover from next year. The new test will have six sections. The first is an analytic section with two 30-minute essays. After that, there will be two quantitative sections consisting of 20 questions to be completed in 35 minutes each, two verbal sections consisting of 20 questions (30 minutes each), and an experimental section that could be quantitative or verbal.

Students will now receive a math score ranging between 130 and 170 in one-point increments, a verbal score ranging between 130 and 170 in one-point increments, and a writing score on a 1-to-6 scale. Students will now be able to mark a question and return to it later in the section.

Students will be given more specific assignments for how to analyse the argument. They will be given the option to use an on-screen calculator.
. Numeric entry: This is a new question type in which students must generate their own answer rather than selecting one from multiple choices.
. Select multiple answers: Students will be asked to select multiple correct answer choices.
. Charts/graphs/tables: A greater percentage of quantitative questions will be based upon charts, tables, or graphs.
. Geometry is to be de-emphasised in favour of data analysis.
. Students will be asked more questions using real-life scenarios.

Other changes
. Reading comprehension: Some reading comprehension questions will have more answer choices and students will be asked to select multiple correct answer
choices. A new question type asks students to select a sentence in the passage that answers or supports the answer to a given question.
. Sentence comprehension: Text completions are a new sentence completion question format. Students will be given three answer choices for two or three
blanks and must answer all blanks correctly to get credit for the question.
. Sentence equivalence: These are much like sentence completions but students will be asked to select one or more equivalent words or phrases to complete a
sentence
. Analogies and antonyms have been done away with.

Araddhana Mahna, Manya Education

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