Difference between old and revised GRE

old vs. new GRENew GRE revised General Test is creating a lot of sensation amongst the GRE test takers. While most of the students will miss the simple and straightforward GRE verbal questions based on synonyms, antonyms and analogies, there are those who actually welcome the GRE verbal reasoning in its new and more logical format. GRE quantitative reasoning doesn’t see much change, apart from the questions with multiple answers and little variation in GRE pattern score here and there.

The Revised GRE is considerably different from old GRE. The table below lists out the major differences in both the revisions of the GRE.

  OLD GRE Exam Revised GRE Exam
Time 3 hours 3 hours 45 minutes
Scoring Scale – Quantitative and Verbal 200-800 with 10 point increment 130 -170 with increment of 1 point
Scoring Scale – Analytical Writing 0 to 6 with 0.5 increment 0 to 6 with 0.5 increment
Adaptive in Nature Yes Yes but slightly different (give link)
Multi State Design No Yes (link)
Split testing Yes (applicable for  China, Hon Kong, Korea and Taiwan test takers) No
Quantitative Section It had only once section. Total questions 28Types of question Quantitative ComparisonProblem SolvingData comparison


It has 2 section  and has 20 questions in each of themTypes of question Multiple-choice Questions – One Answer
Multiple-choice Questions – One or More Answers
Numeric Entry Questions
Quantitative Comparison Questions(Link)
Verbal Section Types of question Analogies
Sentence Completions
Reading Comprehension
Types of question Reading Comprehension
Text Completion
Sentence Equivalence(Link)
Analytical Writing One Issue Essay
One Argument Essay
One Issue Essay
One Argument Essay
On Screen Calculator No Yes


One of the advantages the revised GRE is that it lets you skip questions, change your answers and have control to tackle the questions you want to answer first. This feature is not available for GMAT.

You will receive an overall Quantitative score in the 130 to 170 range, and an overall Verbal score, also from 130 to 170. Thus, the Revised GRE is out of 340.