Here’s an Easy Way Identify New GRE Research and Unscored Section

Is it possible to identify the research section in New GRE?

Yes, I think is possible to identify the research section in New GRE Exam.

Identifying research section can be split into two folds.

  1. Identify with section will be research section (Verbal or Quantitative)
  2. Identifying which one of the 3 section within Verbal or Quantitative section is research section.

After reading several New GRE experience,there is a pattern that emerged that can be used to identify Part 1 (above)

New GRE Test Structure

Structure of the Computer-based Test

Measure Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing
(One section with two separately timed tasks)
One “Analyze an Issue” task and one “Analyze an Argument” task 30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning
(Two sections)
Approximately 20 questions per section 30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning
(Two sections)
Approximately 20 questions per section 35 minutes per section
Unscored¹ Varies Varies
Research² Varies Varies

¹An unidentified unscored section may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. It is not counted as part of your score.

²An identified research section that is not scored may be included, and it is always at the end of the test.

The Analytical Writing section will always be first, while the other five sections may appear in any order.

New GRE Research – Unscored Section

As you can see first section will always be Analytical Writing. Then there is 5 possible sections.

Of the 5 sections, there can be an Un-scored or Identified Research section.

Thing that would worry any GRE Test taker would be Unscored section.

After looking at New GRE section orders from Test Takers so far who have shared their experiences show one simple fact.

Type of Section that appears next to Analytical Section (Verbal or Quants) could possibly be unscored or identified research section.

For instance consider following examples

  • AWA, Verbal, Quants, Break, Verbal, Quants and Verbal
  • AWA, Quants, Verbal, Break, Quants, Verbal and Quants
  • AWA, AWA, Verbal, Break, Quants, Verbal and Quants
  • AWA, AWA, Quants, Break, Verbal, Quants and Verbal

Update – So, if you get quants after AWA, then you are going to get 3 quants section. one of those 3 will be unscored section.

I’m not saying second section is unscored, I’m saying that you could get 3 sections of same type as second section.

So far all the test takers who have shared their experience had GRE sections in alternating order.

No 2 same sections appeared in succession. Like AWA, Vebal, Verbal, Break, Quants, Verbal, Quants.

Applying the above observation, I concluded that section that appears after the Analytical Writing could be your Unscored or Research section in GRE.

Above observations will not hold true, if the same section appears before and after the break.

Also, I’m not sure if Analytical Writing can appear as experimental section.

Next, would it be possible to identify which of the 3 sections (verbal or quantitative) would be unscored experimental section?