Updated: April 1, 2016

Plans for GRE Alterations Reversed

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) plans to begin offering a new version of the GRE in August or September of 2011, with changes to both the format of the standardized test and content. The ETS, which is the organization in charge of administering other standardized tests such as the SAT and TOEFL, had initially planned to implement a new GRE in 2006, but that decision was delayed and eventually abandoned altogether. Those changes were abandoned because of computer testing difficulties, an issue the ETS claims to have remedied in this round of changes.

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The new GRE will include the following changes:

On the new test, new content will be introduced and scrambled every two hours. ETS doesn’t expect drastic changes to the cost of the test, although pricing is reviewed on an annual basis and this could change. Test takers will be urged to take the computer-based version of the test, although the paper-based version will still be offered where facilities are inadequate for computer testing. (The paper-based version will take test takers three hours and 45 minutes to complete.)

You can find out more information about the GRE and other standardized tests by visiting our website and navigating to our Resources section. We fully explain each section and provide sample questions to help you prepare, because the best way to feel confident about any version of the test is to know what’s expected of you and what to expect on the test.