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GRE® General Test
The GRE General Test is taken by individuals applying to graduate programs, including business and law. It is offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) of the United States. The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) is appointed by the ETS to hold GRE General Test in Hong Kong.

The GRE General Test is delivered via the internet. The test is about four and a half hours and is composed of Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing:

  • Verbal Reasoning - measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.
  • Quantitative Reasoning - measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
  • Analytical Writing - measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.


Beginning 22 September 2023, The GRE General Test will take less than 2 hours to complete — roughly half the time of the current test. Test takers can access official GRE test prep resources and practice tests designed for the newer streamlined test. Since the shorter test has the same question types (except for the removal of the Analytical Writing “Analyze an Argument” essay), test takers can continue to use the existing Official GRE Prep materials.

Section Structure Estimated Timing
Analytical Writing 1 section, 1 essay task 30 minutes
Quantitative Reasoning 2 sections, 27 questions total 47 minutes
Verbal Reasoning 2 sections, 27 questions total 41 minutes
Total Time 1 hour, 58 minutes



Testing Appointment Scheduling
Online Registration using a credit card
Register online at the GRE Website. Test dates and a list of test centres can be found at the GRE Website which is being updated as frequently as necessary, and so be sure to check the GRE General Test online registration system for the most up-to-date information. New users registering online will be required to establish an online profile with user names and passwords. Please return your online profile and print out your registration confirmation right before the test day.

Before registration, please read the updated GRE Information Bulletin.

If you are test takers from mainland China and interested in taking GRE® General Test at home, please click here.


Test Dates and Registration Information
Test dates and registration information are listed on GRE Website.



Identification Document Requirement
Test takers must present a valid Identification Document (ID) when taking the GRE iBT test at test center. Please refer to the following ETS’ website for the most up-to-date information:



GRE Services
Tel: 1-609-771-7670
Fax: 1-610-290-8975
Address: GRE-ETS
PO Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000



General Typhoon / Bad Weather Arrangements

As cancellation and/or postponement of an examination is a very serious matter, any decision to do so by the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) will be made only when it is absolutely necessary. If weather conditions are at all doubtful (such as the possible hoisting of a Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above or the issue of the Rainstorm Red or Black Warning), candidates should pay attention to the radio or television broadcast, or view the HKEAA website for examination schedules right up to the time they leave for the examination centre. Candidates should note that:

(a) under normal circumstances, the HKEAA announcement of the postponement/cancellation of an examination will be made approximately two hours before the commencement of the examination;

(b) the announcement of closure of schools due to a tropical cyclone/the issue of the Rainstorm Red or Black Warning does not necessarily imply any postponement/cancellation of an examination scheduled to be held on that day;

(c) unless an announcement has been made by the HKEAA that examinations/public examinations/ international and professional examinations held by the HKEAA are postponed/cancelled due to bad weather conditions, candidates must assume that their examinations will be conducted as originally scheduled;

(d) once an examination has started, it will continue for the full allotted time unless physical conditions in the examination centre are considered to be dangerous by the Centre Supervisor.