Updates and Changes to the GRE Exam Explained (Starting September 2023)

PA School • June 27, 2023

Pre-PAs listen up! Major changes to the GRE exam are coming in September of 2023. So if you are planning to apply to PA school, be sure to check out this video for the latest updates.

Updates and Changes to the GRE Exam Explained

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test that is often required by some programs for admission into various fields of study, including PA (Physician Assistant) schools. However, not all programs across the country require the GRE, so it’s essential to check the specific requirements of your desired program before taking the exam. In this article, we will discuss the updates and changes to the GRE exam starting in September 2023.

Reduced Test Time

One significant change coming to the GRE is a reduction in test time. Currently, the exam lasts approximately four hours, including a 10-minute break. However, the new version of the GRE will have a significantly shorter duration, lasting under two hours. This reduction in test time will make it more convenient for students to study and take the exam, allowing for a faster and more efficient testing experience.

Faster Reporting of Scores

Another significant improvement is the faster reporting of scores to the programs you are applying to. The GRE exam results are vital for PA school applications, and the time it takes for scores to be reported can sometimes be a source of frustration. To address this issue, the Educational Testing Service (ETS), which administers the GRE, plans to report scores to programs within eight to ten days of taking the exam. This change will greatly benefit applicants on tight timelines, providing them with timely submission of their GRE scores.

Changes to the Analytical Writing Section

The analytical writing section of the GRE often includes an assignment that requires analyzing an argument. However, this specific component will be removed from the exam. Underscoring, which is another feature of the analytical writing section, will also be eliminated. These modifications aim to streamline the test-taking process and make it more manageable for students preparing for the GRE.

These updates and changes to the GRE exam have been announced by ETS, the organization responsible for hosting the GRE. For more detailed and specific information regarding the changes to the GRE exam, you can visit their official website at ets.org. In summary, the key changes include reduced test time, faster score reporting, and the removal of certain components in the analytical writing section.

It’s important to note that these changes will not take effect until the end of September 2023. If you are applying within the 2023 application cycle and your application is scheduled for submission after September, you will be taking the new, shorter version of the GRE. However, if you are applying for the 2024 cycle, you will definitely be required to take the updated exam. Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that GRE scores are valid for three years, so if you have already taken the exam, you may not need to retake it unless your scores expire before your desired program’s application deadline.

In conclusion, the updates and changes to the GRE exam bring positive news for prospective PA school applicants and other individuals required to take the GRE. The reduced test time, faster score reporting, and the modifications to the analytical writing section aim to enhance the overall testing experience and streamline the application process. Remember to check the specific requirements of your desired program and make an informed decision about whether the GRE is necessary for your application.

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