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Frequently Asked Questions About the GRE

Are all GREs computerized now?

The short and easiest answer here is yes: the paper GRE has been replaced by the computerized GRE. Which means you get to take your test when you're ready to take your test.

It also means that you're taking a different kind of test than you would be were you taking a paper test. This is because the computerized GRE is adaptive. What does this mean? Well, basically that the test responds to you. The computer is able to accurately gauge your ability as you go, and thus will use fewer test questions to determine how you rank.

In practical terms, this means that your first questions will be of average difficulty. As you answer, the computer will use your answer, and all the answers you've given up to that point, to determine what question you'll get next. If you answer correctly, you'll be given increasingly harder questions. If you answer incorrectly, the program will decrease the skill level of the next questions. The result is that the computer adapts to you, giving you your own unique GRE.

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