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What does the GRE exam look like?

It’s not pretty

“No surprises test day” makes for a good mantra. Each day you study, doing your best to make sure the test doesn’t contain any unpleasant surprises, and that you know as much information as possible to do your best.

Though many subscribe to this exact mentality, they are often surprised test-day by some unsavory pixels. In other words, they prepped solely in books — or maybe even using Magoosh, with it’s nice glossy, easy-on-the-eyes interface — only to be flustered by the grainy looking and anything-but-easy-on-the-eyes interface of the actual GRE test.

One easy way to protect against this happening is to prep using the PowerPrep software. Of course, not everyone gets around to purchasing the Official Guide or downloading the software, so I’ve taken some screenshots of the PowerPrep Test, which is exactly the same, pixel for ugly pixel, as the actual GRE.

Here’s how the GRE actually looks:


Text Completion:

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Text Completion:

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Reading Comprehension:

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Quantitative Comparison:

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Multiple Answer:

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9 Responses to What does the GRE exam look like?

  1. Sanchari Halder October 10, 2018 at 12:56 am #


    This is Sanchari here. I’ve some clinical issues related to my eyes. Each eye has a different focus. It takes me at least 1.5 times longer to read any text via any digital screen. I recently took GRE, and the different interface related to GRE exam font took a toll on me. As I’m going retake within 2 months, it would help me if I could practice with the same interface as GRE exam. It will be a great help if anyone can provide information, that how can I get this particular “Grainy” look and with what specific font (and size) I can practice.


  2. Celia Moreno August 26, 2015 at 7:31 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I’m sure you must have answered this in previous posts and I apologise in advance; I have literally just taken my GRE with good results on the verbal and quantitative (over the 300 mark woho!) but I wanted to double check on this blog that answers for the analyse an issue/argument task are automatically saved, unlike the other sections, where you save your answers.

    Thanks in advance!


  3. ankit singh August 9, 2015 at 5:03 am #

    can someone explain me the concept behind GRE being section adaptive??? i mean what actually section adaptive means???

  4. karthik June 29, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    I would like to know the answers of these questions.

  5. Anastasia May 23, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    Hey guys!

    I’m not sure where to post questions here – is there a forum or sth, or should we just post below blog posts?

    Anyhow, what I was wondering is whether a perfect/high score on GRE assumes you get all of the questions right, or the CAT will make you get about half of them wrong, attempting to recalibrate your score (i.e. the way GMAT does it)?

    Thank you, guys! Glad to become part of this community for the next couple of months 😀


    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele May 28, 2014 at 10:26 am #

      Hi Anastasia,

      Welcome to Magoosh! (The blog comment section is the perfect place for you to ask questions :).

      So, the GRE is actually section adaptive and not question adaptive, the way that the GMAT is. Your score is determined by the number of questions you get right. A perfect score, at least in math, assumes you get all the questions right. On verbal, you can miss one, I believe.

      Hope that answers your question 🙂

  6. Emm April 27, 2014 at 3:10 am #

    Hi Chris,

    Have you solved the Practice Tests from GRE PowerPrepII software?
    If so, can you please tell me where the videos for explanations are.


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