The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) launched its new revised version of its test Aug. 1 marking the largest change of the test in 60 years. The GRE has long been the standard admission test for graduate schools. The new test has new questions, an updated scoring scale, and a more user-friendly design. In honor of the major changes, the test will be offered at $80, half of its regular price, until September 30.
The new test allows test takers to skip questions within sections and return to edit answers. Questions were revised to reflect more real-life situations that occur in graduate or business schools.
One of the newest changes to the quantitative reasoning section, which centers on mathematics, allows an on screen calculator to assist with problems. Previously, the test had only allowed scratch paper and pencil.
Brian Rundle, a Baylor Neuroscience PhD student, had a chance to take the original test twice. He was given an opportunity to take the new Quantitative Reasoning section as a way to gather data on the new testing format.
“I found the quantitative reasoning section was more difficult with the newly added calculator on the screen. The degree of difficulty of the problems seemed to be harder with the methods.”
The verbal reasoning section is designed to test “your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and