GRE/GMAT Overview


GRE stands for Graduate Record Examinations. It is a standardised aptitude exam with a pre-defined syllabus. It is one of the most widely accepted admissions tests for graduate and business school programs, and is used for admissions decisions for MBA, specialized master’s in business and doctoral programs.

GRE is divided into two categories. The GRE General Test that measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills – the types of skills required for success in today’s demanding graduate and business school programs – and the GRE Subject Tests that measures knowledge of a particular field of study helping students stand out from other applicants by emphasizing their knowledge and skill level in a specific area.

Preparation is key to getting a good score in the GRE. Investing time and effort in preparing for the exam is a critical element in the test taking strategy. P.I.E offers quality GRE coaching that ensures students get the best possible preparation. Here are just a few of the reasons why students should choose to prepare for their GRE with P.I.E :

  • One of the largest and most successful global education companies in Dhaka with 9 years of experience in assisting students make informed decisions about their futures and guiding them about their education options both in Bangladesh and overseas.
  • Vast experience in providing quality test preparation programmes for some of the most common standardized tests worldwide having helped several thousand students every year to successfully achieve their desired test scores.
  • Experienced, qualified and professional faculty drawn from some of the most elite institutions in Bangladesh all of whom have undergone a rigorous training schedule and who are subject to a regular and thorough evaluation process to ensure that their subject knowledge and teaching practices continue to be amongst the best in the industry.
  • Thorough understanding of university entry requirements and admission processes worldwide with a vast network of partner institutions across the globe where thousands of students are placed annually having successfully achieved their desired test scores.
  • Flexible and convenient schedules that suit students’ needs and requirements with small batch sizes that allows for personalized attention to ensure that every individual establishes realistic goals for score improvement, understands the key test concepts and is given comprehensive guidance on effective test taking strategies.

In addition, PIE also offers all its students a comprehensive 5 Point Study Plan built around their needs and requirements. Students enrolling for GRE test preparation with PIE will benefit from the ability to:

  • take a demo class before enrolling
  • monitor progress through personalized review sessions after class hours
  • improve test scores through extra tutoring and result orientated strategies
  • enhance aptitude levels through customized question pools and strategic quiz tools
  • revise from question banks that mirror the test exam

PIE GRE coaching centres adopt a number of powerful preparation methods:

PIE uses the most relevant and frequently tested content helping its students to fully familiarise themselves with the GRE and to organise their time in an effective manner to achieve the best scores.

Critical Thinking Strategies: Realising that standardised tests rely on more than just the content, PIE constantly updates and customises its study and reference material, along with practice test papers, to ensure that it is addressing students’ specific areas of concern. A personalised report which identifies areas of weaknesses and strengths is generated to help the student identify his or her testing patterns and work in a focused manner. All answer explanations are detailed and provide alternative approaches to answer a question. PIE result-oriented strategies enable students to increase both speed and accuracy.

Essential Practice: PIE collection of practice tests, other than basic content and timed drills, follow the same structure of the actual GRE. The realistic practice and extensive training, as well as test day tips and exam strategies provided by expert instructors, enhance students’ confidence in preparation for the actual test.

No Time Constraints: PIE classroom training program lasts two months with an additional four months given to the student to use its center resources. The class schedule is divided into modules, each of which concentrates on the topics tested on the GRE. Though two months of training is recommended, students may opt to complete the course faster or slower according to their needs. A combination of attending both weekday and weekend classes allows students to prepare for the GRE faster if necessary.

Structure of the Computer-delivered GRE®Test

Measure Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing
(One section with two separately timed tasks)
One “Analyze an Issue” task and one “Analyze an Argument” task 30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning
(Two sections)
20 questions per section 30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning – Math
(Two sections)
20 questions per section 35 minutes per section
Unscored¹ Varies Varies
Research² Varies Varies

1 An unidentified unscored section that does not count toward your score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section

2 An identified research section that does not count toward your score may be included in place of the unscored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test.

The Analytical Writing section will always be first. The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and unidentified/unscored/experimental sections may appear in any order; therefore, you should treat each section as if it counts toward your score.

Verbal Sections

Every verbal section will contain20 questions. Half of the section will be Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence questions; the other half will consist of Reading Comprehension questions.

The test will always begin with six TCs, typically of increasing difficulty. Next, will be a reading passage or two, depending on whether they give you a long passage or two medium passages. Thrown in between reading passages will be four Sentence Equivalence questions. Below is the break-down of the items:

  1. Text Completions (TC)

Question Numbers 1-6

One-Blank TC (two questions)

Two-Blank TC (two questions)

Three-Blank TC (two questions)

Of note: the second of each type of TC (one-, two-blank, etc.) is usually more difficult.

  1. Reading Comprehension

Medium Reading Passage: Questions 7-9/10

Paragraph Argument: Question 11

Short Reading Passage: Question 12-13

Or the Medium and Short passage will, on one of the verbal sections you see (assuming you don’t get the experimental verbal section) be condensed into a very long reading passage.

  1. Sentence Equivalence

Usually around questions 14-17

Questions do not become more difficult as the number increases.

  1. Back to Reading Comprehension

Short Reading Passage: Questions 18-19

Paragraph Argument: Question 20

The above is a rough approximation. For instance sometimes the first reading passage will be precede by a paragraph argument.


Quantitative Reasoning – Math Sections

The GRE Quantitative section is broken up into Problem Solving questions and Quantitative Comparison (QC) questions. The math section will always begin with either seven or eight QC questions. For each QC question you must compare two columns, A and B, to determine which one is bigger.

The Problem Solving section consist of up to five-answer multiple-choice questions, multiple-answer questions, and Numeric Entry questions. Numeric Entry questions have no answer choices. You must type your answer into a box.

Your skills, abilities, and concepts will be tested in the four content areas; Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and Data Analysis. Mathematical and statistical content typically does not go beyond high school mathematics and does not include trigonometry or calculus.


Below is the break-down of a typical Math section:

Quantitative Comparison: Questions 1-7

Questions get more difficult, i.e., question 1 is typically the easiest and question 7 the toughest.

Problem Solving: Questions 8-20

Questions 8-12 will be a mix of five answer multiple-choice questions, Numeric Entry question (usually one) and a short multiple answer question (usually three answer choices).

Questions 13-16 will be Data Interpretation

Question 17-20 contains a multiple answer question (usually with many possible choices). You may also see a second Numeric Entry question.



The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is the most common admissions exam for graduate business students. The GMAT is considered to be one of the clearest indicators of your ability to succeed in an MBA program. Over 6,000 programs in 2,100 institutions around the world use the GMAT exam as part of the selection criteria for their programs. If you are planning to apply to a top Business School you will need to take a GMAT Test.

It is a computer-adaptive exam which tests a candidate’s reasoning skills, analytical writing, and the ability to use and interpret data to solve business problems and has a reputation for difficulty. Being computer-based, the GMAT Test can determine the student’s ability by selecting questions based on previous answers. As the student progresses with the exam, the difficulty of questions alters in accordance with the number of correct or incorrect answers given.

A good GMAT preparation is like preparing for a long-marathon as oppose to a last-minute sprint. It requires plenty of planning and a regular and steady period of study. Many who achieved a strong score spent an equivalent of 120 hours study in 10 weeks.

If you undergo a proper GMAT Test prep before you appear for the test your chances of getting a good score increases dramatically. PiE offers quality GMAT coaching that ensures students get the best possible preparation. Here are just a few of the reasons why students should choose to prepare for their GMAT with PIE:

  • Only 25% of all the GMAT test-takers in 2017 scored 650 (or above) compared to 40% of PIE test prep candidates scoring 650 or above. All of our students, on an average, see a 100 point improvement in their GMAT scores.
  • We use the most trusted, up-to-date teaching/learning materials which is developed by analyzing thousands of student responses and perfected over the years.
  • One of the largest and most successful test prep provider in the country. We have 12 years of experience in assisting test-takers make informed decisions about their future and guiding them about their options both in Bangladesh and overseas.
  • Experience and qualified professionals selected from the most elite institutions around the world. They undergo regular evaluation process to ensure that their subject knowledge and teaching practices continues to be the industry best.
  • Flexible and convenient schedules that suit students’ needs and requirements with small batch sizes that allow personalized attention to ensure that every individual establishes realistic goals for score improvement, understands the key test concepts and is given comprehensive guidance on effective test taking strategies.

The exam has four sections: Integrated Reasoning (12 questions), Quantitative (37 questions), Verbal (41 questions), and Analytical Writing (1 essay topic).

Three options will be available for your exam’s section order:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal (original order)
  • Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment
  • Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment

There is no “correct” or “recommended” section order to select. This choice simply gives you more control and flexibility to take the GMAT exam based on your strengths and testing preferences.

Structure of the GMAT Test

Section Length of Time Number of Questions Time per Question
Analytical Writing Assessment 30 minutes 1 essay question 30 minutes
Integrated Reasoning 30 minutes 12 questions 2 ½ minutes
Quantitative 75 minutes 37 questions About 2 minutes
Verbal 75 minutes 41 questions About 1 minute and 48 seconds
Total time: 3 hours, 30 minutes (not including breaks) Average time/question: 2 minutes (excluding AWA section)




Analytical Writing Assessment

The Analytical Writing Assessment is 30 minutes long and asks you to respond to an essay question.

In your essay, your job is to critique the argument, not to talk about your own opinion or views on a subject.

Your AWA score will fall between 1 and 6, and you’ll get it about 20 days after you take the GMAT.


Integrated Reasoning

There are 12 questions in IR section and you will get 30 minutes to answer them. Unlike the Quantitative and Verbal sections, IR is not adaptive. The questions don’t change based on your performance. This section is scored between 1 and 12.

IR is the only section on the GMAT where you can use a calculator. You can’t bring your own, but rather will use the on-screen calculator tool. You’ll also use drop-down menus to manipulate data. For instance, you might reorganize a chart by its different columns.

IR questions will asks you to evaluate data in multiple formats. This data may be presented in a passage, chart, graph, or other graphic. Your job is to interpret and synthesize information and evaluate statements.


While IR questions are multi-part, you can’t get partial credit. You must answer all parts of an IR question correctly to get points.

There are four question types in the IR section; table analysis, graphics interpretation, multi-source reasoning, and two-part analysis.



The Quantitative section is one of two adaptive sections on the GMAT. Simply put; if you get a question right, then your next question will be more difficult. If you get a question wrong, then you will move on to an easier question.

The Quantitative section asks you 37 math questions in 75 minutes and is scored between 0 and 60. There are two main question types, problem solving and data sufficiency, and they are interspersed throughout. Read on for a description and sample question of each type.

The Quantitative section mainly focuses on arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and logic.



The Verbal section is 75 minutes long, asks 41 questions, and is adaptive. Like the Quantitative section, it’s scored between 0 and 60. As its name implies, this section tests your verbal skills, including your reading comprehension, understanding of grammar, and critical reasoning.

As in the other three sections of the GMAT, your critical reasoning skills come into play here. You’ll have to evaluate arguments and pinpoint their strengths and weaknesses.

There are three main question types in the Verbal section: reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence correction.


How to register for the GRE test?

You can register for GRE test online by visiting, or by phone. You will need an international credit card.

You may also contact one of the PIE branches to do the registration on your behalf. You don’t need an international credit card, and need only pay the equivalent fee in BDTK if you register through PIE.

Where and when can I take the GRE test?

There are a couple of testing centers in Dhaka city. Availability can be checked online through GRE official website at or by contacting PIE offices.

I need to change the date or the location of my GRE Test, what to do?

Changes to the testing date or location or exam cancellation must done no sooner then four days before the test date or the testing fee will be forfieted. For example, if you have a test appointment on Monday, your deadline for making changes/ or cancellation is Friday.

Rescheduling fee for your GRE test is $50. If you cancel your test within the time period given above, you will receive a 50% refund of your original testing fee.

How often i can re-test?

You can take the test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days). This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously.

GRE Test can be taken once after every 21 days, to maximum of five times within 12 months (365 days – continuous rolling). This applies even if you cancelled your score on a test taken previously.

How can I prepare for the test?

You can begin with the ETS Official GRE Guide available widely.

To avail yourself with the best GRE Test Prep in Bangladesh, you may contact PIE offices. We have executive and regular GRE Test Prep solutions.

We also provide individualized lesson plans and coaching for GRE Test-takers. You may also sit for test-simulations and mock test to see your test readiness.

How Long Should I Study for the GRE?

There’s not a hard-and-fast rule about how long anyone should study for the GRE. You want to study enough hours to reach your own goal score.

The difference between that goal score and your current baseline tells you by how many points you need to improve. In terms of how long that means you should study in hours, we advise budgeting the following number of hours for these point improvements:

  • 5 points = 40 hours
  • 10 points = 80 hours
  • 20 points = 160 hours
  • 30 points = 240 hours

Note that these are total point increases, not per-section point increases. So in 40 hours you could improve your score on one section 5 points, or do a 2-3 point split across Verbal and Quant.

What’s a Good GRE Score?

A good GRE score for you is one that gets you into the programs you’re interested in. What score that is exactly is going to be based on your program discipline and the selectivity of the programs you’re applying to. For example, a 159 on Quant might not be a very good score for an MIT engineering applicant, but it could be a great score on Quant for someone applying to Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

In a more general sense, a good score compared to everyone who takes the test is going to be one in a high percentile. For example, if you’ve scored a 4.5 on Analytical Writing, a 157 on Verbal, and a 160 on Quant, you’ve scored higher than over 75% of applicants on all sections. If you’ve scored a 162 on Verbal, a 166 on Quant, and 5.0 on Analytical Writing, you’ve scored higher than at least 90% of applicants on all sections.


How can I prepare for the test?

For familiarity with the test, we recommend to begin with the official GMAT guide.

For score improvement, test strategies, and practice, PIE GMAT trainers provide customized solutions to students. You may contact our office for further details about PIE’s GMAT test prep.

How can I register for the GMAT test?

You may register for the GMAT test by contacting PIE offices. You are advised to register for the test at least 2 months in advance because seats are limited. You also need a passport to give the test.

How Often Can I Take the GMAT?

You can reschedule by logging into your personal GMAT account at, but there’s a fee. If you reschedule your exam more than seven days before your appointment, it’ll cost you $50; if you reschedule seven days or fewer before your GMAT appointment, there’s a $250 fee.

Can I Retake the GMAT?

You can take the GMAT up to five times every 12 months.

About a third of students retake the GMAT, and business schools don’t look down on it, especially if your score improves with each retake. About 10% of applicants have taken the GMAT three or more times.

How Long Should I Study for the GMAT?

Obviously the amount of time you spend studying depends on your current skill level, your target score, and your particular circumstances. However, a good rule of thumb is to prepare for at least three months before taking the GMAT if you want to improve your score by a modest amount—say, 30-50 points. This assumes that you are studying regularly throughout the week (approximately 10 hours a week).

If you need a more substantial boost in your score, it’s best to plan for six months of regular study if you can. This will ensure that you are familiar not only with the concepts tested on the GMAT, but with the nuances of the exam and the format as well, and that you have ample time to target your weaknesses.

What Is a Computerized Adaptive Test (CAT)?

A computerized adaptive test adjusts to your skill level in real time as you take the GMAT. A computerized algorithm will determine the difficulty level of the questions you will receive, and your score, based on your answers.

You will begin the exam with questions of medium difficulty. If you complete “medium” questions correctly, you will receive more difficult questions. If you complete ‘medium’ questions incorrectly, you will receive easier questions. Your score will be determined not only by how many questions you answer correctly or incorrectly, but by how many questions of each difficulty level you answer correctly.

How Is the GMAT Scored?

The four sections of the GMAT are scored separately. Your total score, between 200 and 800 (what people are generally referring to when they say “GMAT score”) reflects the combination of your verbal and quant scores. You will also receive individual verbal and quantitative scores between 0 and 60. On the integrated reasoning section, you’ll receive a score from 1-8.

The analytical writing assessment is scored by two graders. You’ll receive a score from 0-6 in half-point increments.

What’s a Good GMAT Score?

While the average GMAT score is usually around 550, you’ll need a 600 or over to get into most top 50 business schools. For top 10 schools, a 700+ score is expected of most incoming students. At particularly elite programs like Harvard or Stanford, you’ll usually need a score of 720 or higher to be admitted.

What matters most is that your GMAT score gets you into the business school of your choice. To find the average GMAT score of the most recent incoming students at your MBA programs of choice, check out the most recent class profile at each of your prospective schools.

What’s the Average GMAT Score?

The average GMAT score for all test-takers is 551.94. The average score on the analytical writing assessment is 4.37; on the integrated reasoning section, it’s 4.23.

The average verbal score is 26.8, and the average quant score is 38.91.

Remember that average scores aren’t a good barometer of where your score should land in order for you to get into an MBA program. Competitive business schools will expect scores much higher than the average.

How Long Does It Take to Get GMAT Scores?

You’ll get an unofficial score report for every section except the analytical writing assessment at the testing location immediately after you take your exam. You’ll receive an official score report approximately 20 days after you take the GMAT.

You will be able to choose five schools to send your scores to before you take the exam. Those schools will receive your official score report approximately 20 days after your GMAT appointment. Additional score reports, which can be ordered online, cost $28 each and will be sent to the schools you select within a week.