GRE test will be shorter from September; ETS announces changes in exam

ETS announced changes in GRE test timings, number of questions, results starting from September 2023. Registrations are open for exams from September 22.

GRE test duration reduced starting from September (Representational Image: Wikimedia Commons)GRE test duration reduced starting from September (Representational Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Vagisha Kaushik | June 1, 2023 | 05:04 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has announced that the duration of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test will be reduced to two hours starting from September 2023. ETS has also notified changes in the number of questions, sections and declaration of results. The GRE exam 2023 will begin from September 22 and registration has commenced on the official website –

The following changes have been introduced in the test:

  • Removal of the “Analyze an Argument” task in the analytical writing section.
  • Number of questions reduced in the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections
  • Removal of the unscored section

Moreover, now candidates will get their GRE results in eight to ten days. Earlier, the exam used to be conducted for three hours and 45 minutes.

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“The changes we’re announcing today underscore the emphasis we place on keeping our customers at the center of all that we do,” said ETS CEO Amit Sevak. “As we continue to introduce product innovations, we’re committed to balancing two things – maintaining rigor and validity, while improving the test-taker experience,” he added.

Candidates can use the existing official GRE test preparation resources and practice tests designed for the revised exam as the type of question will remain the same.

GRE is conducted for admission to graduate programmes in foreign countries.

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