About GRE

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a multiple-choice, computer-based, standardized exam that is often required for admission to graduate programs and graduate business programs (MBA) globally.

The GRE is developed and administered by  Educational Testing Service (ETS), to provide graduate and business schools with common measures for comparing applicants’ qualifications and preparedness for graduate-level academic work. The GRE General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you’ll do in today’s demanding graduate-level programs. The GRE Subject Test demonstrate your knowledge and skill level in a particular field of study, and needs only to be taken if required by a particular university.

The GRE General Test measures command of basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis as well as college-level vocabulary. More importantly, it measures the ability to analyze and evaluate written material, think critically, and solve problems.

GRE Test Format

GRE scores are generated by the following sections:

  1. Analytical Writing Assessment section
  2. Verbal Reasoning sections
  3. Quantitative Reasoning sections

In addition, you will see one of the following sections:

  • Unscored (may be either Verbal Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning)
  • Research (used for ETS research purposes)

The Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning sections are each scored on a scale of 130 to 170. The mean score for Verbal Reasoning is 151, and the mean score for Quantitative Reasoning is 153. The Analytical Writing Assessment is scored from 0 to 6 in half-point increments, and the mean score is 4.0.


Number of questionsMinutes to complete Analytical WritingScore range
Two separately timed tasks: one “Analyze an Issue” task and one “Analyze an Argument” task30 minutes per task; 60 minutes total0 to 6


Number of questionsMinutes to complete Verbal ReasoningScore range
6 Text Completion questions
4 Sentence Equivalence questions
10 Reading Comprehension questions
20 total questions per section
30 minutes per task; 60 minutes total130 to 170


Number of questionsMinutes to complete Quantitative ReasoningScore range
7–8 Quantitative Comparison questions
12–13 Problem Solving questions
20 total questions per section
35 minutes per section130 to 170

GRE Test Centres in Lagos

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Dragnet Prometric Test Center, Katia Gardens,
Plot 1676, 3rd Floor, Oladele Olashore Street, Off Sanusi Fafunwa Street, Victoria Island,
Lagos, Nigeria

Delivery Mode: CBT

Test Center: Electronic Test Company – Lagos

JKK House,
229 IKORODU ROAD ,ILUPEJU Lagos, Nigeria

Delivery Mode: CBT

GRE Preparatory Course

Aquila Training Centre has a course to prepare candidate for GRE. For details about the GRE Preparation Course, click on GRE Course.

Free GRE Materials

Kaplan – Free GRE Practice Test

GRE Math Review

GRE Verbal Reasoning Question Types

GRE Quantitative Reasoning Question Types

GRE Analytical Writing Topic Pools

Khan Academy – Quantitative Reasoning Videos