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

MeasureNumber of QuestionsAllotted Time
Analytical Writing
(One section with two separately timed tasks)
One “Analyze an Issue” task and one “Analyze an Argument” task30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning
(Two sections)
20 questions per section30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning – Math
(Two sections)
20 questions per section35 minutes per section

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

SectionLength of TimeNumber of QuestionsTime per Question
Analytical Writing Assessment30 minutes1 essay question30 minutes
Integrated Reasoning30 minutes12 questions2 ½ minutes
Quantitative75 minutes37 questionsAbout 2 minutes
Verbal75 minutes41 questionsAbout 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.

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