The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test is up for a revamp. As part of its strategy to upgrade and evolve, the Educational Testing Services’ (ETS) GRE will be switching over to a more technically advanced version that includes features to go back within a section and edit your answers and an on-screen score calculator for the quantitative reasoning section. The changed format will come into effect in August 2011.
“The decision to revise the GRE General Test was made to meet both the needs of the test taker and the needs of the score users. The GRE revised general test has been redesigned to be more aligned with the skills that students need to be successful in today’s graduate and business schools,” said David Payne, senior vice-president, ETS, New Jersey, US, in an email interview.
Some of the changes include a greater emphasis on reading, no antonyms or analogies; new navigation features (including the ability to edit answers, skip questions and go back to them later, giving students the freedom to use more of their traditional test-taking strategies).
There will also be new types of questions in the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections. The idea is to test students on real-life scenarios that reflect the “kind of thinking they’ll do in today’s demanding graduate and business school programmes,” says Payne.