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Change in GRE, New GRE
Graduate Record Examination
Proposed Change in GRE cancelled
Long awaiting change
in GRE which was scheduled from September 2007 now
scraped by ETS. Now you have to go for current GRE pattern.
All the details that is given here becomes redundant.
Change In GRE
Pattern from September 2007
completing the most significant overhaul of the Graduate Record
Examinations (GRE) General Test in the test’s 60-year history. The
revamped GRE General Test will be offered for the first time in
Why is the GRE changing?
ETS trying to improve the validity of the GRE, ETS is changing
the GRE in order to provide graduate schools with better
information on an applicant's performance. Each of the GRE
General Test’s three sections — Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative
Reasoning, and Critical Thinking and Analytical Writing — will
have different types of questions and new formats,
Current GRE Vs New GRE a Comparison Chart
(Through September 2007)
(Starting September 10, 15 or 16, 2007 (depending upon
location), and September 29, 2007)
||One verbal Section:
section includes analogy and antonym questions
Two Verbal sections*
No more analogy and antonym questions will include more
>> Critical reading
>> Sentence equivalence questions
Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)—the difficulty of each
question is based on students' performance on previous
Computer Based Test (CBT)
—each student taking that administration receives the same
questions in the same order
quantitative reasoning skills tested more thoroughly
fewer geometry questions more “real-life
” and data
>> New on-screen calculator
2 essays: one
30-minute and one 45-minute, One Issue essay, one Argument
2 essays: 30
minutes each for the Issue and Argument essays
More specific essay questions
Grad schools can see actual essays
||2 Hours 30 Min
weekdays and weekends
30 fixed test dates per year
*One section may be
experimental and number of questions yet to be decide.
>>> The new GRE General Test will be slightly over four hours
long, an increase from the current two-and-a-half-hour exam. It
will also no longer be offered in a computer-adaptive format,
where the difficulty of the test is determined by the test taker’s
right or wrong answers. Instead, it will be offered in a linear
format, in which every student takes the same exam.
>>> Unlike the current exam, each version of the revised GRE
General Test will be used only once, and no test takers will
encounter the same questions on different dates. Instead
of continuous testing, the exam will be given 29 times a year
worldwide. The number of administrations in any given region will
depend on the test volumes in that region.
>>> The revised GRE General Test will be administered in the ETS
global network of Internet-based test centers and through Thomson
Prometric, the world’s largest computer-based testing network.
>>> Registration for the revised GRE General Test begins on July
1, 2007. The current GRE General Test will no longer be offered
after July 31, 2007.
Changes in the
Verbal and Quantitative Score Scales
>>> The new score scales will have 40–50 scale points. The scales
will increase in one-point increments and will be centered between
120 and 179. The actual score ranges will be finalized in 2007
based on field test results.
>>> A concordance table to compare old and new Verbal and
Quantitative scores will be available.
>>> The Analytical Writing section will continue to be scored
using a six-point holistic scale.
GRE should I choose?
2007–2008 application cycle, we hope that universities will
accept both new and old GRE. Later ETS will release a conversion
scale that compares scores on the old and new versions. The GRE
scores are typically valid for 5 years. It is our view that the
colleges will continue to accept valid GRE scores, whether under
the new or old format.
1. If you
are particularly weak in the existing Analogy/Antonyms section
and strong at Critical reading /grammar/writing, you should try
to delay taking the test until September.
2. If you
are weak at Critical reading /grammar/writing AND strong at the
existing Analogy/Antonyms, you should try to take the GRE as
soon as possible so that you can take it once or twice before
the format change.
GOLDEN Rule: The questions are probably going to be more
rigorous, we urging students who can take the current form of
the exam to do so. If you need more time and plan to take the
new GRE, AchieversPoint.com will have a full-line of GRE Prep
options that will get you the high score you want.
Is New GRE will be Computer Adaptive?
No, GRE which has been computer-based for the past seven years
will no longer be computer adaptive Test (CAT). Each student
taking that administration receives the same questions in the
same order. The GRE will be delivered via the Internet to
testing centers Thomson Prometric, the world’s largest
computer-based testing network and everyone who takes the exam
on a given day will receive the same questions.
Can I use Calculator in New GRE?
There will be New on-screen calculator.
New GRE FAQ's
Unitedfan Asks: Will the change in format affect students
that take the old GRE test as in their chances to get into a
good university ? Will the old GRE test scores be valid for next
year or later.
Answer: ETS is going to publish a comparison chart "concordance
table" from November 2007 between current GRE and New GRE. There
will be no difference in chances to get admission. Old GRE score
will be valid for 5 years.
Changed in GRE Pattern....
More text-based materials,
such as reading passages
A broader selection of
Emphasis on skills related
to graduate work, such as complex reasoning
computer-enabled tasks (e.g., highlighting a sentence in a
passage that serves the function described in the question)
- The changes planned for the
verbal measure include:
- Greater emphasis on higher
cognitive skills; less dependence on vocabulary
The changes planned for the
quantitative measure include:
- Quantitative reasoning
skills that are closer to skills generally used in graduate
- Proportion of Geometry
- Proportion of questions
involving "real-life" scenarios increased
- Better use of technology
(e.g., on-screen calculator)
The changes planned for the
analytical writing measure include:
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