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New GRE Format Will Reduce Test Taking Time By Half In 2023

The Educational Testing Service announced new changes for the GRE will arrive in 2023, continuing an ongoing trend providing greater flexibility for test takers during admissions

Thu Jun 1 2023

A new format for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)—an admissions test often accepted by business schools alongside the GMAT—will roughly halve its completion time, according to a recent announcement.  

The Educational Testing Service (ETS), owner of the GRE, revealed the new test will launch on September 22 2023, with the time limit reduced from around four hours to just under two. 

A number of other changes were announced, including 46 fewer questions in the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections, the removal of one analytical writing task, and the removal of an unscored section that ETS used to prepare the test. 

ETS also said the amount of time it takes to receive your score after completing the exam will be reduced to between eight and 10 days. Currently it takes 10 to 15 days to receive a score. The price of taking the test will remain the same at $220. 

The changes reflect a growing trend across admission examinations to graduate degrees in favor of reducing pressure on test takers and providing them with extra flexibility. 

Early this year a new iteration of the GMAT exam was announced. The GMAT Focus Edition introduced a number of similar changes, including a reduction in test time, removal of an essay question, and shortened quantitative and verbal sections. 

There were also adjustments to candidate scoring and a more flexible order for completing the exam. Both exams will launch in the second half of 2023. 

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