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Shorter GRE General Test 2023. What You Need to Know !

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Great news for all the GRE test takes! Show your readiness for graduate or business schools in half the time with a new shorter GRE test.

The most popular exam in the entire globe for graduate and professional school admission, including business and law, is growing! From September 22, 2023, onwards the length of the GRE General Test will be reduced from about 4 hours to just under 2, and scores will also be reported more quickly. So, you would think, what are the advantages of a new GRE?


  • A shorter GRE of less than 2 hours makes you focus better.
  • Reduce test-taking weariness by 46 questions.
  • Only one analytical writing essay, as opposed to two in the previous version.
  • If you’ve already started studying, you’re in great shape because the test measures the same competencies and uses the same question patterns.

Exam overview:

This is what to anticipate for the exams beginning from September 22, 2023.




Estimated Timing

Analytical Writing

1 section, 1 essay task

30 minutes

Quantitative Reasoning

2 sections, 27 questions total

47 minutes

Verbal Reasoning

2 sections, 27 questions total

41 minutes

Total Time

1 hour, 58 minutes

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 All other GRE General Test question categories will remain the same, but the essay problem titled “Analyze an Argument” will no longer be part of the Analytical Writing section. As a result, you can still use all of the existing study guides to be ready for the test. Consider this as well: You are perfectly prepared if you are taking a 4-hour practice test, but the real test will only last 2 hours!

Scheduling a test

Follow the standard registration procedure as indicated in the GRE Information Bulletin to register. Select a test date that is on or after September 22, 2023, to register for the shorter exam, which is open from 5/7/2023.

When selecting a test date, make sure your scores will be reported in time for your application deadlines. Score reports are sent to your designated score recipients approximately 10–15 days after your test date. When choosing a test date, allow time for delivery of scores and processing by the institution.

Some Frequently asked questions about the new GRE:

A lot of people have questions. Want to know how the shortened GRE will stack up against the existing exam? Do you want to change the date of your test to September 22 or later?

1.How will colleges and universities use the shorter GRE?

GRE General test scores will still be used in graduate and professional programmes as they always have been. The test yields three results that assist schools in determining whether a candidate is prepared for their programmes. Additionally, schools may use scores to determine a candidate’s overall strength in comparison to other applicants to their programmes, as well as for scholarship and fellowship considerations.

2.Which test version should I take?  
On September 22, 2023, the existing test will be replaced by the shorter GRE; therefore, your application deadline may be the main thing to take into account. It’s advisable to take the current test if your application deadlines are in the first week of October or earlier because scores will be provided to you within 8–10 days of testing. If your application deadlines are unimportant, you must choose to take the shorter GRE.

3. Is the shorter test still section-level adaptive?

Yes, the Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning measures are still section-level adaptive. That benefits you because it enables you to move back and forth within each section, mark questions you’d like to come back to and change your answers as many times as you’d like.    

4. How much does the shorter GRE test cost?

GRE fees will remain the same. Rs. 22,550

5.If I’m registered to take the GRE after September 22, 2023 can I switch to take the current GRE?

Yes, you can reschedule your test appointment through your ETS Account. Because we are changing the test that you signed up for, you can reschedule for free. To do so, go to your ETS Account and follow the link to reschedule to a test date on or before September 20, 2023. Rescheduling Fee is Rs.5,000

6. How will schools/programs compare performance across the two different versions of the exam?

Given that the score scales remain unchanged, it is advised that schools treat scores from the current GRE and the shorter version as equivalent. For instance, a score of 156 on the Verbal Reasoning section of the shorter test should be regarded as the same as a 156 on the current test. The GRE team provides schools with detailed guidance and information to aid in the fair comparison of scores. This ensures that schools can make appropriate assessments and evaluations of applicants’ scores, irrespective of the test version.

7. Will the shorter test have a 10-minute break?

The duration of the shorter test will be under two hours. While test-takers can still choose to take a break at the test center, the time will continue to count down unless they have received approval for a test accommodation due to disability or health-related reasons. It’s important to note that optional breaks are not allowed during the at-home test.

8.How will the test preparation differ for the shorter GRE?

There will be minimal changes between the two tests. They will have identical content and question types, with the only difference being the absence of the ‘Analyze an Argument’ essay task in the shorter test’s Analytical Writing section.