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What is the GRE®

The Graduate Record Exam, or GRE®, is a standardized test required for admission in graduate programs. An increasing number of Business schools are now accepting the GRE® score as an alternative to GMAT®

Who administers it? 

The GRE® is developed and administered by the Educational Testing Services (ETS®), which is a non-profit organization. You can learn about ETS® and the tests they administer from

Is it difficult?

Depends on how familiar you are with its content and structure. The testing time for the computer-based GRE® revised General Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section. 

The GRE® has three sections: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning. They aren’t related to any specific field of study but if you studied enough in the undergraduate school, the test shouldn’t be extremely difficult.  Apart from knowledge, you need critical thinking skills and a strategy to solve the items and you can master that strategy only by practicing, i.e. about 100 hours.

Where can I take the exam?

You can take the GRE® revised General Test in any of the about 700 test centers in more than 160 countries at Prometric™ test centers, and also on specific dates at additional testing locations outside of the Prometric test center network. It is available as a computer-based test given at most locations and as a paper-based test in areas where computer-based testing is not available. You can check out the test centers and other information on

Do I need to register to take the free GRE® practice test?

Yes. No personal or payment information are required at this point. 

How do I pay?           

For now we only accept payments via PayPal®. Once you create an account (with us), go to the Products page and click on the one you want to purchase; you will be redirected to the PayPal® website, where you'll complete the transaction. Once the transaction is complete, you will be redirected to our website. The products you purchased will be available on the Prep Center page.

Each practice test is available for 200 days, counting from the day of purchase. You can take each test as many times you want (i.e., unlimited attempts).

What is your refund policy?

E-mail us at within seven business days from the purchase. We will close your account and refund your payment. After 200 days you will not be able to take tests, but you will be able to see your results.

How can I see the results and the explanations?

Go to the Prep Center page, click ‘Stats. If you took a test more than once, you will see multiple entries, one for each attempt. Click the one you're interested in and you'll the statistics for each item: the answer chosen, the correct response, the explanation, the time spent on each item, and the percent of students who answered it correctly. 

How can I contact you?

Direct all questions to

What is the structure of the GRE exam?




Number of questions

Allotted Time


Analytical Writing

1 section

(N.B. always first. The other 6 may appear in any order)


Analyze an issue

(1 essay)

30 min

30 min


Analyze an argument

(1 essay)

30 min

30 min


Verbal Reasoning


approx. 20 Qs/section (about 40 in total)

30 min/section (1 hour total)

90 sec.


Quantitative Reasoning


approx.20 Qs/section (about 40 in total)

35 min/section (70 min total)

105 sec.






Unscored section


If included, can appear anywhere in the test, and does not count towards your final score.


Research section



If included, will be at the end of the test, and does not count towards your final score.