Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
Many Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Veterinary Schools in the U.S require that you take the GRE. The test, conducted by Educational Testing Service (ETS) has computer-based and paper-based testing options. The computer-based GRE is given year round. You may take the GRE once every 21 days and up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period. Candidates must acquire a GRE Account, register for the exam and submit payment to ETS. Click here to learn more about where to take the GRE.
The overall testing time for the computer-based GRE is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section. 1) analytical writing (One section with two separately timed tasks) 30 minutes per task; 2) verbal reasoning (two sections) 30 minutes per section; 3) quantitative reasoning (two sections) 35 minutes per section. Verbal and quantitative reasoning are scored in 1 point increments from 130-170, where as analytical writing is scored in half point increments from 0-6. A 152 in verbal reasoning and 153 in quantitative reasoning typically scores around the 53rd percentile. A 4.0 in analytical writing typically scores around the 54th percentile.
**UPDATE as of September 22, 2023 - The overall testing time for the GRE is being shortened to 1 hour, 58 minutes. Scores will also be reported faster than in the past, helping candidates submit applications sooner. Score scales will remain the same.
Analytical Writing (30 minutes) - 1 section, 1 essay task
Quantitative Reasoning (47 minutes) - 2 sections, 27 questions total
Verbal Reasoning (41 minutes) - 2 sections, 27 questions total