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GRE : Frequently Asked Questions

GRE » Frequestly Asked Questions

  1. Will Analytical Writing scores be reported separately from Verbal and Quantitative scores to schools and colleges?
    Answer :

    No. Scores on the General Test will not be reported to candidates or institutions until all three sections of the test have been completed. Scores for the General Test will be reported within six weeks after the paper-based administration is completed.

  2. How soon can I take the Analytical Writing section?
    Answer :

    The Analytical Writing section will be offered beginning July 1, 2005 (candidates may schedule appointments at any time). The test will be offered at all existing computer-based testing centers in China (including Hong Kong), Korea, and Taiwan.

  3. Can test takers take the CBT and paper-based portions of the test in different years?
    Answer :

    No. Candidates must take both administrations in the same testing year (i.e., between July 1 and June 30).

  4. If the test taker takes only the Analytical Writing portion, will Analytical Writing scores be reported?
    Answer :

    No. Scores will not be reportable until all three test sections (Analytical Writing, Verbal, and Quantitative) are completed.

  5. How soon must test takers take the Analytical Writing section before the paper-based Verbal and Quantitative testing dates?
    Answer :

    Candidates must take the Analytical Writing session several weeks before the paper-based Verbal and Quantitative administration to allow time for admission tickets to be mailed to candidates, test books to be mailed to the test centers, and so forth.

    Therefore, candidates wishing to test at the October 2005 paper administration must take the Analytical Writing section between July 1, 2005 and September 17, 2005. Those wishing to take the paper-based test in June 2006 must take the Analytical Writing section between September 18, 2005 and May 6, 2006.

  6. How long is the test session for the Analytical Writing section?
    Answer :

    The Analytical Writing session is a total of two hours.

  7. Can I handwrite my essay responses at the CBT test center?
    Answer :

    No, you will be required to type your essay responses at the CBT test session. All test takers at CBT centers worldwide are required to type their essay responses on the GRE Analytical Writing section in order to enable use of the Essay Similarity Detection (ESD) software.

  8. How long is the test session for the paper-based Verbal and Quantitative sections?
    Answer :

    The paper-based test session is a total of two and a half hours.

  9. Are there test preparation materials available?
    Answer :

    The GRE Program will send each test registrant test preparation materials upon receipt of his/her registration information. Typically, it takes up to four weeks to receive the material. The material can also be downloaded free-of-charge here.

  10. Can test takers reschedule their test administrations if they need to?
    Answer :

    Rescheduling is allowed, but candidates pay a US$40 fee if they reschedule CBT and/or paper-based administrations, according to GRE policies

  11. What about getting a refund?
    Answer :

    Candidates who cancel 3 full days prior to the Analytical Writing test date (not including the day of the test or the day of the request) will receive a partial refund of U.S. $60 (same as General Test). Candidates who take the CBT Analytical Writing section and then cancel the paper-based test 3 full days before the paper-based date will receive a U.S. $35 refund. Allow 68 weeks for receipt of the refund after the test date. (Note that candidates will not receive their Analytical Writing scores if they cancel their paper-based test.)

  12. How many times can I take the Analytical Writing section?
    Answer :

    It depends on whether or not you choose to report your scores or cancel them at the end of the test session. Only two complete sets of General Test scores can be reported during the 2005-06 testing year.

    If you choose to report your scores at the end of the Analytical Writing session, you will be registered for the next paper-based test date. After our have completed the paper-based section of the test, your scores on all 3 sections of the General Test will be reported.

    If you register to take the Analytical Writing section of the General Test a second time and choose to report your scores, you must take the paper-based section of the test on the next paper-based test date in this testing year. If you decide to take the Analytical Writing section a third time, you cannot take a paper-based test because there are only two paper-based test dates, and your test fee will be forfeited.

    If you choose to cancel your Analytical Writing scores at the end of a test session, your registration for the paper-based test date will be canceled as well and your test fee will be forfeited. You may then register and pay to take the GRE General Test again.

    You may take the Analytical Writing section once per calendar month up to 5 times in any 12 month-period. This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously.

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