ssat.vn – The GRE not only tests a test taker’s verbal and quantitative reasoning ability, but it also shows whether you have an effective way on how to manage time on the GRE test.
How long does each GRE section take?
Leading to how to manage time on the GRE test effectively, you should first know how long each GRE section is. GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is used as a standardized test to examine candidates who meet the requirements for admission to the graduate school (Master or Ph.D.), for majors in the natural and social sciences in the USA. A standard GRE test consists of three sections: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning.
- Analytical Writing (60 minutes): Includes one “Analyze an Issue” task and one “Analyze an Argument” task, 30 minutes per task.
- Verbal Reasoning (60 minutes): Includes two sections, 20 questions per section.
- Quantitative Reasoning (70 minutes): Includes two sections, 20 questions per section.
By default, the Analytical Writing section will always be at the beginning of the test, followed by the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections.
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The GRE test is given a difficulty level for questions in no default order, so it is possible that the difficult questions will appear first and the easy questions will appear later at random. Here are ways to schedule a reasonable time for each section of the GRE:
- Quantitative Reasoning: Each section consists of 20 questions in 35 minutes, which means you have less than 2 minutes for each question. Use the IGMO method to take the test in a short time. IGMO stands for “Intelligent Guessing” and “Moving On”. The rush of time requires you to always be in a state of concentration and if the question is too difficult, then choose it randomly, you will not lose points if you answer incorrectly! This saves you a lot of time to spend on other questions you are sure of. Also, complete the easy questions quickly within 30-60 seconds. Once you have practiced hundreds of questions in GRE preparation, you will intuitively know which questions are difficult and which are simple. This greatly increases the speed of finishing the test.
To practice the above tips most effectively, the best way is to practice as much as possible and set time duration to be similar to the real exam, you will limit the fear of running out of time but still have many unfinished sentences.
- Verbal Reasoning: The majority of test-takers who score well on this test have mastered effective time management techniques. Each section of the GRE Verbal will have 20 questions and you will solve them in 30 minutes. So it can be said that each question will take you about 1.5 minutes to answer. However, Verbal Reasoning includes many kinds of questions, so there may be some questions that require a little more than 1.5 minutes. This requires that you distribute your time in this section as follows:
- One-Blank Text Completions – 40 seconds
- Sentence Equivalence – 60 seconds
- Two-Blank – 70 seconds
- Three-Blank – 2 minutes
- Short Reading Passage – 1.45 minutes
- Long Reading Passage – 3 minutes
The above distribution will give you a rough estimate of how much time each question type can consume.
- Analytical Writing: For the Analytical Writing section, the length of the essay is not a factor in helping you score. The following factors likely affect your overall AW score, so it’s important to allocate your time properly to optimize the analysis part:
- Clarify your ideas: you should spend about 7 minutes reading the topic carefully and write out an outline so that your essay is clear and does not stray from the main topic.
- Structure: The general structure is to start with an introduction, then 2-3 body paragraphs, and end with a conclusion. Therefore, knowing that you only have 4-5 minutes for each paragraph, you have to write as fast as you can be based on the outline you have set.
- Re-read: spend the last 3 minutes re-reading and correcting unnecessary fundamental mistakes.
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