Sections of the New revised GRE and keypoints for writing a good AWA

Hi friends many are having some confusion with the sections of the new revised GRE, so here i have posted all about the different sections of the New GRE, I have discussed in-detail about the Analytical Writing Section Here, So read this completely and comment here:

The Sections of the New GRE test:

New GRE is having five or six sections

One Analytical Writing section
Two Verbal Reasoning section
Two Quantitative Ability section
An Unidentified Experimental Section

{3rd Verbal section (or) 3rd Quantitative section}
NOTE: Occasionally, Identified Optional Research section may be added to our Test

Analytical Writing Section (30 minutes+30 minutes)

Analytical writing is the first compulsory section of the New Revised GRE, It is graded between 0-6 .It mainly analyses the Student's Critical thinking and analytical writing Skills, which many universities will watch carefully to evaluate the students for its admission. It also analyses the student's analytical skills and range of vocabulary.

There are mainly 2 tasks in Analytical Writing:
1.)The Issue Task
2.)The Argument Task

1.) THE ISSUE TASK: (30 minutes)

In this Issue Task,

1.) You are asked to respond to a particular issue, clearly present you viewpoint on that issue and support your position with reasons and Examples.

2.) Each Issue topic makes a claim that can be discussed from various perspectives and applied to many different situations or conditions.

3.) So Before beginning your written response, Read the Instructions thoroughly for the Issue Task, Think about the issue from several points of view, considering the complexity of ideas associated with those views. Then, make notes about the position you want to develop and list the main reasons and examples you could use to support that position.

4.) This Task is intended to test your ability to write logically, persuasively and effectively.

5.) So Don't start immediately and write an irrelevant content and waste your time. So
a.) 1st Step is to Analyze the given issue
b.) Workout your own ideas in detail
c.) Be Coherent
d.) Leave Enough time to revise

1.) THE ARGUMENT TASK: (30 minutes)

In this Issue Task,

1.) You are asked to critique the line of reasoning of an argument given in a brief passage, Clearly point out the Argument's Strengths and weaknesses and support your position with reasons and examples.

2.) This task assesses your ability to understand, analyze and evaluate arguments according to specific instructions and to convey your evaluation clearly in your writing.

3.) This task requires you to read the argument and instructions carefully. Please read the argument more than once and make brief notes about points you want to develop more fully in your response.

4.)In reading the argument, pay special attention to:

  • evidence, support or proof
  • statement, claim or conclusion
  • assumed or supposed, perhaps without justification or proof
  • not stated, but necessarily follows from what is stated
5.)The Argument Essay is evaluated upon your performance and please don't be over smart and spoil the plot. Just keep in mind the Instructions carefully:

  • You are not being asked to discuss whether the statements in the argument are true or accurate.
  • You are not being asked to agree or disagree with the position stated.
  • You are not being asked to express your own views on the subject being discussed (as you were in the Issue task).
Instead, you are being asked to evaluate the logical soundness of an argument of another writer and, in doing so, to demonstrate the critical thinking, perceptive reading and analytical writing skills ,these are the Key-points university looks for.

Verbal Reasoning Section:(2 sections of 30 minutes each)

In this verbal reasoning section,

It measures your ability to use words as tools in reasoning, Not only your range of vocabulary is tested here but also your ability to discern the relationship that exist both within written passages and among individual groups of words.

The Verbal Reasoning measure contains three types of questions:

Reading Comprehension (New GRE will have more focus on this section )

Text Completion

Sentence Equivalence

Reading Comprehension Questions:

There are three types of Reading Comprehension questions:

Multiple-choice Questions — Select One Answer Choice: These are the traditional multiple-choice questions with five answer choices of which you must select one.

Multiple-choice Questions — Select One or More Answer Choices: These provide three answer choices and ask you to select all that are correct; one, two or all three of the answer choices may be correct. To gain credit for these questions, you must select all the correct answers, and only those; there is no credit for partially correct answers.

Select-in-Passage: The question asks you to click on the sentence in the passage that meets a certain description. To answer the question, you choose one of the sentences and click on it; clicking anywhere on a sentence will highlight


The Quantitative R
easoning Section:(2 sections of 35 minutes each)

In this Quantitative reasoning section,

It measures your ability to use and reason with numbers and mathematical concepts; You are not tested on advanced mathematical theories here but on the general concepts which everyone could have gained during their academics. It is mostly familiar with all the students who took at least 2 years of math in high school.

The Quantitative Reasoning measure has four types of questions:

Quantitative Comparison Questions

Multiple-choice Questions — Select One Answer Choice
Multiple-choice Questions — Select One or More Answer Choices , answers choices varies from just 4 to 10.
Numeric Entry Questions – Here you have no answer choice , you have to enter you own answers

For more details on the new revised GRE, check my blog:

A Blog for all the New GRE test takers


  • prasadb83
    Hi Frnd,

    Thank's for sharing the valuable suggestions.

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