GRE Old vs New 2011 Pattern, Comparison of Verbal, Quant, AWA & Samples

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GRE Old vs New Pattern 2011 Verbal Quantitative Analytical ComparisonI have recently written an article explaining 10 things to know about New GRE Pattern 2011 . On the same lines, let me try to do a side by side comparison of both the patterns New 2011 and Old GRE. It gives a bigger picture and birds view…The comparison also includes the links to GRE Test questions and material released by ETS for 2011 pattern recently.

Also, Check  New GRE 2011 Powerprep II download, Sample GRE 2011 Test

GRE Verbal Section Old vs New Pattern

New GRE Pattern 2011

Current/Old GRE Pattern

Scores Range 130  —170 200  — 800
Types of Questions
  • Text completion Questions
  • Sentence Equivalence Questions
  • Reading Comprehension Questions.
  • NO Antonyms
  • NO Analogies
  • Analogies
  • Antonyms
  • Sentence Completions
  • Reading Comprehension
Sample questions GRE Verbal New Pattern 2011 GRE Verbal Old/Current Pattern
Score Increments 1 Point increments 10 point increments
Sections 2 Sections 1 section
Question per section Approximately 20 Exactly 30
Time Allocated 30 Minute Per section, total will be 60 Minutes 30 Minutes

GRE Quantitative Reasoning Section Old vs New Pattern

New GRE Pattern 2011

Current/Old GRE Pattern

Scores Range 130  —170 200  — 800
Types of Questions
  • Multiple Choice questions
    – Select One answer Choice
    -Select One or more answer choices
  • Numeric Entry questions
  • Quantitative comparison Questions
  • Quantitative Comparison
  • Problem Solving
  • Data Interpretation
Sample questions GRE Quant Reasoning 2011 GRE Quant Old/Current Pattern
Score Increments 1 Point increments 10 point increments
Sections 2 Sections 1 section
Question per section Approximately 20 Exactly 28
Time Allocated 35 Minute Per section, total will be 70  Minutes 45 Minutes

GRE Analytical Writing Section Old vs New Pattern

New GRE Pattern 2011

Current/Old GRE Pattern

Scores Range 0—6 0—6
Types of Questions 2 Questions 2 Questions
Score Increments 0.5 0.5
Sections One Section No Section Concept
Question 2 Questions or Tasks

– One Analyze and issue task

-One Analyze an Argument Task

2 Questions or Tasks

-One Issue task – Choose from two

-1 Argument task- No choice.

Sample Questions Analytical Writing GRE 2011 Analytical Writing GRE Old/Current
Time Allocated
  • 30 Minutes per task
  • Total 60 minutes for two tasks or questions
  • 45 minutes for Issue task
  • 30 minutes for Argument task
  • An unidentified Unscored section is same in both old or current and the new GRE pattern. This section may be included or may not be, it depends…if included, it will not counted towards part of your score
  • An identified Research section is also the same case, it will be at the end of the test in both new and old/current GRE.

You may also check out this article: Will old GRE Scores be valid after New  2011 GRE Pattern

Reference: All the information is taken and summarized from the ETS GRE website

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Comments ( 62 )

  1. priyanka

    I got 156 in quants and 135 in verbal ….score -291 and my aggregate is 77% .should I retake the exam or can I apply with these scores..plz suggest me

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  3. vinay

    i wrote ma GRE today and i got quant – 130 and verbal – 150.

    130 means its equal to zero in 130 – 170 range.. I’m really worried abt this quant marks.
    i’m pakka sure i hv written atleast 10 correct ans.. leave 10, i’m pakka sure i hv written atleast one Q right..

    are they going to recalculate the ans’s once again. before publishing it on website .

    1. John

      This website had taken the entire pool of GRE Analytical Writing topics, removed all duplicate topics, and sorted them by how likely they are to appear on your test. Check it out. It’s pretty helpful.

      simplygre.weebly.com

  4. Jeff

    Your grade depends on test, sometimes when you get 160 means 750 sometimes means 650. When you get your official grade, they will tell you what is your grade in old scale

  5. oluwaseun

    Guys this is what i found: “So, obviously, colleges won’t have minimum or average scores for the new GRE yet, but you can still get a rough idea by looking at what they have posted on the old GRE scale. Here’s a rough equation you can use to figure out the approximately equivalent score for a section on the new scale:

    ■(Old score (out of 800) + 1750) /15
    So, a 560 on the old scale would be about a 154 on the new scale. Keep in mind, this is just an estimate”

  6. Anita

    Hi,

    I have scored 153-quant, 142-verbal, toatl-295…really worried regarding my status…i have an agregate of 65%(no KT) in BE-EXTC, have two years exp…and want to pursue MS in telecom..m i eligible for applying…will i get good colleges in USA?will i face problem in getting visa?Pls reply

    1. chohan

      Anita,
      The score can be rated good or bad depending on the universities you opt. But if you are applying for masters then your main concern should be quants. The universities are graded. If you trying for A+ colleges, then getting in may be very difficult with the current scores. However you do stand a chance in B grade universities, You can easily crack C, D, E grade universities but i’d not suggest that for you. Well so far i’ve mentioned only about admission and getting visa is a different league.

      I’d always suggest to think twice before you apply for universities cause application fees, mailing documents and visa application fee’s prices have gone up due to fluctuation in dollar rate. I hope you are aware of the success rates of visa. All in all the cards are on your table and its your call.

      This goes to you too Anbarasu.

      Cheers,
      Chohan

  7. lakshmy

    hi,
    I have taken the NEW GRE on sep 16. on exam day the score range that I obtained is 1020-1210 (quant- 710-800 , verbal 310-410), And the new score I have recieved is 300/340 ( q-157 , v-143). My question is, what is the old pattern scor that is equivalent to 300 in new pattern?

    1. pavan

      i took my exam on sep 9th…..i got the same score.. 144 in verbal and 156 in quant totalling to 300/340….. is there any consultancy to guide us??? plz mail me if there is any… [email protected]

  8. amulya

    hello sir i got scaled score 134 in verbal,146 in quants.total was 280 out of 340..may i know is this the good score?plz do reply.

  9. Vikrant Garg

    Hello everyone….
    I m doing B.E. Mech. 5th sem with percentage of 85.6%….
    I want to go for MS ….
    How to start studying?
    When to give GRE?
    which course to do after mech.?
    Which books to buy ?
    How much scholarship can I get .?
    Which college to go for?
    PLZ tell me….I m really confused

    1. chohan

      Vikrant,
      Firstly i’d suggest to ask yourself why you want to go for MS.(cause this might help u in visa interview too.)In case you can have a valid reason to that then secondly ask which course or specialization should i opt and why? of course if you can even includes which college and why too…? but as you are looking out for college’s ,i’d say the criteria’s for selecting a college varies on many factors like financial constraints, educational back ground, score reports etc. In case you cross all these above mention hurdles then you may start preparing for GRE.

      I’d suggest kaplan or barron’s would do the trick. But even before that start buildin your vocab. Try setting some short term goals…both in Verbal and Quant. check your status by taking a mock test.(you may find in the disk of those books or you can surf online too.)

      Gre has 5 years validity(as mentioned in ets site) so you can take any time you are comfortable with.And lastly regarding the scholarships you can check online for the universities which you are planing to apply. If you meet the criteria’s you will be eligible for the scholarship.

      But before you do start friendly advise. Taking up Gre is a process which consumes quality time and also investment. Think wisely before you act.

      Note: If you made up your mind for US, i’d suggest you have a back up plan say masters in canada or europe or may be a job.

      All the best for your further endeavors
      Cheers,

      Chohan

  10. Rizwan

    Hi,
    I have given the new GRE and got a range of 290-390 in verbal and 480-580 in quants.
    Could you please help me estimating the exact score out of 340.
    How many points have i scored?

    Waiting for your reply!

    Thanks & Regards
    Rizwan

  11. Shaggy

    Hi,
    I would like to ask that since there are no more analogies and synonyms in the exam pattern ,does that mean we do not have to study the word list???

  12. Gagan

    Hi i want to go for PHD in management. I have scrolled down many schools website, they dont prioritize among gre or gmat. Can u plz guide me on which exam i should take. i really find GMAT tough

  13. Tejashri

    Sir, I am a student of 4th yr. b.arch. I want to apply for fall 2013.
    – What all exams do I need to give, to apply for a good university in the USA?
    – When is the best time to give each exam?
    – And does a 2nd attempt maximise the chances of increasing the 1st attempt score for the GRE?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Tejashri,
      -You need to give GRE and TOEFL.
      -Ideally, you should give it in June 2012. Check out this article: < a href="http://redbus2us.com/sample-schedule-fall-2011-when-to-apply-for-ms-or-mba-in-usa-deadlines-international-students-plan/"> Sample Schedule for Fall 2011 , it will give you an idea. I will post a schedule soon for Fall 2013 as well.
      – Not necessarily. It would be good to take time and give one best shot.

  14. urvi

    hey,
    my major is hr and minor is psychology. however, i want to do my masters in psychology. possible admission? i have enough credits? what is a good gre score?

  15. Aneesh

    Hi I would like to what is a good score for the new pattern of GRE. A 1300 score in the old pattern is equivalent to what score in the new pattern.

  16. hrish

    I am 4 years into the I.T company as a software engineer. I have done my BE in mechanical. Now I want to pursue MS in Computers. First question is
    1. Will I get admission in any good university for a good score in GRE.
    2. What are the probable hurdles which I will have to clear.

  17. priyanka

    i have finished my be in june this year and am planning to take admissions in sep 2012.so by when should i give my gre and tofel test.plzzzzzzzzzz reply me as soon as possible.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Priyanka,
      Do you mean to say, you want to apply for Fall 2012 ? If so, Now is the time…sooner the better. Most deadlines for good schools are around December 2011 for Fall 2012 admissions.

    2. vjay

      prepare well and give gre in december and toefl in jan and start ur processing in march. if u can give gre and toefl in this year ending means it will also be good;

    3. Anirudh

      Hi priyanka, even i have given ma GRE and TOEFL. .and expecting to get admitted for FALL 2012(Aug-Sep). Please drop me a mail to [email suppressed] on what all universities you ahve applied and your scores if uhad got!

  18. rajashekar

    sir i have done my m.b.a with finance and I.T .i want to do ms finance in us can i apply that any university ..tell me which one is better and how much i should i get score in gre ….i belongs to B.Com Computers with 76% and m.b.a 70% inter 81% i have ….which coaching center better in hyd

  19. rash

    i m a B.tec student of 3rd yr. my overall percentage till now is 67 .how i m start d gre new pattern preparation . plz guied me

  20. abhilasha

    how to study for new pattern gre?
    which we have to study for new pattern?
    can you please tell me marks division in new pattern?
    is there negative marking in new pattern

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  22. pawan lone

    how to prepare gre?
    which author is best for preparation?
    how to crack gre?
    how is it negative marking?
    marking system
    time
    is it true that all gre cracking students get scholarship and how much that salary?

  23. Sai

    I just want to know which among the two , that is the old and new pattern is easier and how much can we score in new pattern

  24. Ramakrrish chow

    i like gre new pattern because no risc in life ther is nokick…………………………………………………….

  25. shilpa

    i have completed my B.Sc comp. i have only 55% in my graduation. i want to study M.S. in the U.S. can i apply for gre. can u please say me can i get admission into any university. please reply me soon.

  26. Rahul Reddy

    Can u people exactly tell me the marks allocation in new pattern gre n also can i know the good score in the new pateern gre scoreso that to have a seat in the better university

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  28. Lee

    It sounds like the new GRE is more like the current GMAT.
    I read some article saying that the ETS tries to make the GRE more like the GMAT so that they can have more b schools that accept GRE. So I am actually studying GMAT for few public affairs schools, and do you think it will also help me preparing for the new GRE a lot??

  29. deepak

    hi,
    My cousin has only 57% average in his engineering he is still doing his 5th sem. He likes to go to US for MS can u please say can he get into any universities with this % as he will apply in aug or sep 2011 for MS in case if he improves his average.he has his %’s 1st SEM-62.94, 2nd SEM-65.94, 3rd SEN-46.44,4th SEM-52.7. due to few health problems during his 3rd sem exams he came down. if he gets an average mopre than 60 by 6th sem could he get into any of universities

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