Learn about the GRE

Learn the basics about the GRE–including what to expect on Test Day.

  • What’s a good GRE score?

    The GRE is scored on a 130-170 scale in each section. You’ll receive both a GRE Verbal score and on GRE Quantitative score. Because there are so few possible scores – only 41 – that you can get on the GRE, answering just one more question correctly could be enough to turn an average score into a great score. Read More >

  • How should I study for the GRE?

    To do your best on the GRE, research shows that you’re likely to need to study about 10 hours per week for up to 3 months. How do you know how to spend that time? Preparing for the GRE will likely be keeping you quite busy for a few months, which is not an easy prospect when you’re likely busy with other schoolwork or a job. Read More >

  • How difficult is the GRE?

    The GRE is designed to help graduate schools determine which applicants will be a good fit for advanced academic work, and it is used by some of the most competitive programs in the world. Therefore, the questions can pose a steep challenge to your critical thinking skills. Read More >

Studying for the GRE

On the GRE, The Analytical Writing section is scored on a scale of 0–6 in half-point increments. The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections each yield a scaled score within a range of 130 to 170 in one-point increments. You cannot score higher than 170 for either the Verbal Reasoning or the Quantitative Reasoning sections, no matter how hard you try. Similarly, it’s impossible to score lower than 130 for Verbal Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning.

  • What’s on the GRE: Verbal

    In each GRE Verbal section, practice questions are broken down into Text Completion, Sentence Equivalence, and Reading Comprehension question types. There are approximately 20 questions to complete in 30 minutes, giving you between 1 and 4 minutes per question, depending on the type. Learn more >

  • What’s on the GRE: Quantitative

    On the GRE Math (or Quantitative) sections, practice questions consist of Quantitative Comparison and Problem Solving question types. You will have 35 minutes to work on each Quantitative Reasoning section. The 20 questions in each section will be an assortment of Quantitative Comparison, Problem Solving, and Data Interpretation items, and you’ll have between 1.5 and 2 minutes to answer each question. Learn more > 

GRE Prep Courses

Allow yourself at least 120 hours of preparation time. Even though you’re capable of doing anything you set your mind to, you have to do the work first. This is a very difficult exam. Take enough time to practice, prepare, and build confidence for Test Day.

  • GRE Prep – Live Online

    Kaplan’s live, instructor-led online courses provide the benefits of a classroom experience with the flexibility of attending from wherever you are. Learn more >

  • GRE Prep – In Person

    Kaplan’s In Person option is your perfect blend of in-class instruction with expert GRE faculty and comprehensive resources for out-of-class, realistic practice. Learn more >

  • GRE Prep – Self-Paced Online

    Want test prep on your terms? Prefer working on your own from home? With Kaplan’s self-paced online courses, you can work at your own place, at your own pace—wherever you are, at whatever time suits you. Learn more >

  • GRE Prep Books

    Study proven strategies, boost your math skills, practice your pacing, and become an expert in the exam’s computerized format with online practice tests. Learn more >