Graduate study programs in the USA and Canada in most academic fields require the GRE, Graduate Record Examination. The GRE is composed of the Revised General Test, which measures an applicant’s written, verbal and math skills, and Subject Tests which examine specific academic fields. Most universities require only the Revised General Test while others ask for Subject Tests related to an applicant’s planned area of study. A few business schools now accept the GRE instead of the GMAT.

In 2011, the GRE changed format. It is slightly longer than before and is now graded on a new scale of 130 to 170 with 1 point increments. The computer adaptive format has also been altered to section by section, rather than question by question. This works in your favor since you can return to a question you previously skipped.

The GRE starts with a computer tutorial, which precedes the timed test. You should scroll through this as quickly as possible and keep your mind fresh for the test proper. (Although you could spend 20 minutes on the tutorial if that’s what you need.)

Structure of the Computer-based Test (available in Lebanon)

The Analytical Writing section will always be first, while the other five sections may appear in any order.

An unidentified verbal or quantitative experimental section may be included and may appear in any order after the analytical writing section. It is not counted as part of your score. Also there may be a Research Section, which may appear at the end of your test, and will be identified but will not count as part of your score.

Analytical Writing GRE Section

The Analytical Writing GRE Section has 2 essays. The first asks students for analysis of an issue in 30 minutes; the second for the analysis of an argument in 30minutes. For both the essays, the emphasis is on the "Analyze" part, and not on the "Writing" part which means if you write a brilliant grammatical essay that does not analyze the issue, you will not score high.

A ten-minute break follows the two essays. The computer gives you the choice of taking this break or moving straight to the next section. We advise you to take the break offered and prepare yourself for the rest of the test.

Quantitative GRE Section

The Quantitative GRE Section tests high-school level math knowledge in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis. An on-screen calculator is available.

Verbal GRE Section

The Verbal GRE Section measures your ability to analyze and assess a text and conclude information obtained from it, analyze the relationships among constituent parts of sentences and distinguish relationships among words and ideas. It comprises sentence equivalence, text completion and reading comprehension questions. Standard single multiple choice, one or more multiple choice and select in passage type questions feature.


Reported scores are based upon the number of correct answers. Unofficial scores appear on the computer screen following the test. The verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE are scored on a range of 130 to 170 with 1 point increments. The Analytical Writing is graded on a 0 to 6 scale with increments of 0.5points. Test takers are given a scaled score for the total test and each section, as well as the percentile rank that shows an individual’s performance relative to other test takers at the same administration. Normally, scores are sent out to test takers and their designated schools within two weeks.


At Hampshire Academy, Beirut we know that the all-important computer-adaptive GRE test is a hurdle you have to leap over to get to the post graduate school of your choice ...but you’re nervous about how to approach tests that adapt to your skill level. (In this “computer adaptive” test, the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores are section-level adaptive. This means the computer picks the second operational section of a task depending upon your performance in the first section. Within each section, all questions have the same weight in the final score. For Verbal and Quantitative, the raw score, the number of questions you answered correctly, is then computed. The raw score is then equated to the final score – this equating scale allows for any minor test variations.)

Our Prep Classes will help you achieve high scores in the GRE. The courses run over six weeks so you have time to learn the essentials, build skills and thoroughly familiarize yourself with the test.

We will provide you with:

- 24 hours of instruction and structured study in two-hour sessions
- Familiarization and competency on computer based test
- 1 real full-length test
- Regular, scored testing
- Official GRE Study Guide from the test makers, ETS
- Free extra support – drop-in hour open daily for help from our tutors
- Support with submitting your test application

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