GRE Guide - Information about the GRE CAT

GRE - Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)

The computer based GRE is a test in which the computer actually adapts to your performance as you're taking the test.

Details of the CAT

At the start of each section, you are presented with test questions of average difficulty. Based on your responses, you will be presented with questions of increasing difficulty if you've answered correctly. Otherwise, if you answer incorrectly, you will be presented with questions of lesser difficulty. As you go along, your next question will be the one that best reflects both your previous performance and the test design.

Given below is an image of what the computer screen looks like when you take the actual GRE.

Answering of questions

You have to answer each question in turn, so you cannot skip a question to move to another. When you select an answer, you are allowed to change it as long as you haven't moved on to the next question. Therefore select your answers carefully since you cannot come back later to modify your previously selected answers.

Scoring of answers

Your score on each section depends on the following :

  • Number of questions answered in allotted time
  • Performance on questions answered
  • Level of difficulty of questions answered

You receive a scaled score from 200 to 800 on each of three scored sections.