The Revised GRE

New GRE Coming 2011

It’s been a long time coming. In 2004 GRE announced changes to take effect in 2006. In 2006 they announced the changes were to take place in 2007. In 2007 the proposed  changes to the GRE were cancelled.

Now GRE has annouced a revised GRE to take effect in 2011.  The information from GRE includes a “slick video”.  It appears that the changes  are going to be  pretty much the same as the changes  which were proposed for  2007.

New GRE Highlights – The Three Sections:  Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical  Writing Remain

Verbal Changes

– no more  antonyms and analogies and a statement that vocabulary will no longer be tested;

– more  reading and reasoning questions

Quantitative Changes

– calculators allowed

– questions that test reasoning skills and not  memorization (does that mean that the basic math formulas will become irrelevant?

Analytical  Writing Changes

– less clear

General  Test Changes

– the scoring scale  will be changed to a 130 – 170 scoring scale

– test takers are no longer required  to answer the questions  in order (presumably the test will not be computer adaptive)

Bottom Line

It appears  that the revised GRE of 2011 will incorporate most of the changes  that were  proposed  to take effect in 2011.  Check out our comments  about  the 2007 GRE – it appears that most of them still apply.

The competition between GMAT and GRE is  heating up. GMAT has recently announced a “Next Generation GMAT” to take  effect in 2013. Stay tuned!

9 thoughts on “The Revised GRE

  1. sravani reddy

    i need GRE exam dates in the year 2011.please send me the details.and also i need the gre syllabus for 2011.

  2. Tejas

    For the old syllabus 4000 words was the min requirement … Have they increased the number of words for the new pattern ???

    1. newgre Post author

      Not sure why you would ask that question. The clear intent of the Revised GRE is to NOT test vocabulary. That does not mean that every test taker will know every word. It’s interesting that Globish (or “English Lite”) is a version of English that is based on a 1500 word vocabulary. Yet, Globish includes words that are not know to everyone.

      Although the Revised GRE is NOT to test vocabulary, it does assume that that test takers come to the GRE with a vocabulary that is sufficient for graduate studies.


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