ETS, the company that makes the GRE test, informed everyone today that a shorter version of the GRE test will launch on September 22, 2023. You might be wondering what this means for your prep and whether you should take the current test or wait for the new test. We address these queries below:
1. Does this affect how I should prepare for the test?
At this time, the answer is no. The test is only becoming shorter -- the actual questions are not changing. There will be just fewer of them. That means that your prep on the Greg Mat website should continue as is. If this changes, we'll let you know as soon as possible.
2. I heard the writing section will have only one essay rather than two. What does that mean for me?
Yes, that is correct. The new version of the test will have only one essay rather than two. The new version will eliminate the Analyze an Argument task and maintain the Analyze an Issue task. That means if you're planning on taking the new test, you do NOT have to study for the Analyze an Argument task. That's the one where you have to find assumptions in the given argument.
3. Should I take the current version or the new version?
That's up to you. Everyone's situation is different with regard to deadlines and preparation. We don't think either version of the test will be more difficult or offer any kind of advantage over the other (other than time).