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Changes Coming to GRE

Changes Coming to GRE

The fee to take the GRE has increased. Students should be aware the cost to register for the GRE is now $160 in the U.S. and U.S. Territories. The rescheduling fee remains $50.

ETS has announced changes to the GRE, starting in 2011. If all changes are implemented, they will affect the scoring scale, content, length, and navigation of the exam. This would be the most significant change to the GRE since the exam was introduced about sixty years ago.

Scoring Scale: The current GRE score range is from 200 to 800 points, in 10-point increments, for both the quant and the verbal section. The new GRE scoring scale will be from 130 to 170 points, in one-point increments. Since there are fewer score iterations, it may be more difficult to make a significant score increase.

Content: The quantitative section will have an online calculator, more data analysis questions, and fewer geometry questions. By allowing an online calculator, the new GRE likely will remove more straightforward math problems and replace with more complex ones. The verbal section will eliminate antonym and analogy questions and include more reading comprehension questions.

Length: The new GRE will be about forty-five minutes longer than the current exam.

Navigation: The new GRE will allow test takers to skip questions within a set of questions.

ETS is making these changes to make the test as accurate and useful as possible. The new GRE is designed to reflect graduate school work more accurately. The revisions will make the GRE more similar to the GMAT than it currently is. ETS may be trying to capture a greater portion of the business school market. Currently, about 25 percent of the top business schools accept the GRE for admissions.

According to an ETS representative, these changes will be implemented around August or September of 2011. Because of this, the far-reaching changes to the exam, the general uncertainty about any new test, and the fact that GRE scores are valid for five years, we encourage current and new students to take the current GRE, rather than wait more than a year to take the new GRE.

This information was provided by Joshua Brown, Provo Center Manager for Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions.

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  1. Gre Preparation

    February 10, 2010

    Students who plan to go to grad schools in the next 2-3 years should probably take the current version because it’s easier and more preparable.

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10 February 2010