GRE 2011 Changes

March 4, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is about to undergo a major change in fall 2011. Educational Testing Service, the non-profit institution that produces the GRE test, said GRE will be revised to include several things:

  • GRE test takers will now have the ability to go back to a section to change their answers. The current GRE does not provide test takers with this freedom and flexibility.
  • A new scoring scale will change the 200 to 800 point scale to a 130 to 170 point scale.
  • Antonyms and analogies will be removed from the GRE verbal section.
  • An online calculator will be added to the quantitative section.

Many believe that these changes are being made to the GRE to position itself as a competitor to the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the current de-facto standard for MBA applications.

Kimberley Ong, a recent college graduate, took the GRE to apply to Harvard Business School and Stanford earlier this year. She says “I took the GRE instead of the GMAT because when I am not sure whether to pursue an MBA or a masters degree in public administration. Taking the GMAT would have locked me to an MBA, but the GRE is a lot more flexible and keeps my options open.”

It will be interesting to see if these changes to the GRE  will increase the number of MBA programs that accept it. More and more business schools are now accepting the GRE, and this change in 2011 could propel the GRE as a globally accepted test for MBA prospective students.

Students planning to take the new GRE in 2011 can receive more information on these changes and sign-up for test updates at

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