GRE, or the Graduate Record Examinations, is a standardised test accepted and trusted by most national and international Graduate schools for admissions into their Masters programs. The GRE was established in the year 1949 by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and till date, continues to be owned and administered by them.
GREs are designed to test the examinee’s quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing. You can either take the computer-based test or the paper-based test, according to your comfort.
Unlike the GMAT which is a CAT style test, the GRE is a multistage test. The examinee faces questions based on his or her performance in earlier sections. Depending on how well the candidate performed in the previous section, the level of difficulty of the next section changes. The candidate can move back and forth between questions within one section, and this does not impact the difficulty level of the questions in the current section.
GRE is categorized into two forms: the General Test and the Subject Test.
While the General Test is applicable for most courses, the Subject Test assesses the candidate’s knowledge in specific areas of Biology, Chemistry, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology, for courses or post-graduate degrees in these specializations.
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The computer-based test is divided into six sections, one of analytical writing and two each of verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning. The sixth one is either an experimental or research section. These sections may occur in any order. The paper-based test does not have the experimental or research section, and yet it has six sections because the analytical writing section is split into issue and augment task sections.
The test lasts for about 3 hours 45 minutes in totality. The candidates are allowed one minute breaks after each section and a ten minute break after the third section.
GRE Scoring Blueprint
In the GRE General Test, three scores are reported:
- The score for Analytical Writing section is reported on a score scale of 0–6, in half-point increments.
- The score for the Verbal Reasoning section is reported on a score scale of 130–170, in 1-point increments.
- The score for the Quantitative Reasoning section is reported on a score scale of 130–170, in 1-point increments.
Any section, in which no questions have been answered whatsoever, will be reported as a No Score (NS).
GRE Quick Facts
Although the exam is conducted at regular intervals throughout the year, the months from August to December are considered to be ideal for taking the test.
The computer-based test takes approximately 3 hours while the paper-based test takes 3 hours 30 minutes.
The maximum you can score in the GREs is 340, 170 being the highest in both the Quantitative Reasoning and the Verbal Reasoning sections. The Analytical Writing section is scored from 0-6, but is not included with the scores of the other sections.
Pros of GRE
- Score Select
The GRE tests come with a Score Select option. This means that you can take the test multiple times and only send in your best scores. What’s more? This chosen score can be selected from any one of your scores of the tests taken over a span of five years!
- Test Navigation
GRE is the only test which allows the students the ease of navigation during the assessment. The students are free to skip questions in any section, revisit them, change the answers, and even choose the order in which they answer the questions.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The GRE test scores help students secure admission in renowned universities for masters or doctoral programs.
No, there is no specific eligibility criterion for appearing in the GRE.
To opt for a date and time of your choice, you must apply for the GRE well in advance. More students prefer to appear in the months of August to December. Register accordingly.
The registration fee for GRE is 205 USD, which translates to about 13200 INR.
The GRE scores are valid for 5 years. Some universities however, might have some specific stipulations that differ from this time figure.
For the computer-based test, you can reappear every 21 calendar days, up to five times in a year. For the paper based test, you can appear as many times as it is offered in the year.
If you are aiming for the top schools, you should take the GRE around a year prior to your targeted program’s commencement date.
For example, if you want to start your studies in Fall of 2019 and you are aiming for a school among the top 20, you should take your GRE by August 2018. If you are targeting mid-tier schools, you may take your GRE by November 2018 or even later.
As an international student, you should aim to submit your application for early deadlines, typically by the end of November to mid-December. This would not only increase your chances of admission but also help with securing scholarships. You should also keep 1-2 months for writing essays, getting letters of recommendation, and procuring transcripts and other documents. To stick to this plan, you should be done with
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Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
Who Takes It?
The GRE is a mandatory standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most Graduate Schools in the United States for prospective graduate and business school applicants from all around the world who are interested in pursuing a Master of Science (MS) program, MBA, or specialized Master’s program in business or a doctoral degree.
The GRE measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of learning. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based exam administered at Prometric testing centers.
What are the eligibility criteria for taking the GRE?
In order to gain admission to any graduate degree program, a Bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement. You should also be over 18 years of age.
You must also have a valid passport. At the GRE test center, you will have to produce your original passport as proof of your identity. So, if you don’t have a passport, and you plan to take the GRE in the near future, rush to get your passport!
When and Where Do People Take It?
The GRE General Test is available at more than 1,000 test centers in more than 160 countries. In India, the computer-delivered test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year.
Structure of the Computer-delivered Test
|Measure||Number of Questions||Allotted Time|
(One section with two separately timed tasks)
|One “Analyze an Issue” task and one “Analyze an Argument” task||30 minutes per task|
|20 questions per section||30 minutes per section|
|20 questions per section||35 minutes per section|
The Analytical Writing section measures your ability to:
- articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
- support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
- examine claims and accompanying evidence
- sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
- control the elements of standard written English
The Verbal Reasoning section measures your ability to:
- analyze and draw conclusions from discourse; reason from incomplete data; identify author’s assumptions and/or perspective; understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author’s intent
- select important points; distinguish major from minor or relevant points; summarize text; understand the structure of a text
- understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts; understand relationships among words and among concepts
Verbal Reasoning Question Types
The Verbal Reasoning measure contains three types of questions.
The Quantitative Reasoning section measures your ability to:
- understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information
- solve problems using mathematical models
- apply basic skills and elementary concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis
The Quantitative Reasoning section includes an on-screen calculator. If you are taking the paper-delivered test, a calculator will be provided at the test center.
Quantitative Reasoning Question Types
- Quantitative Comparison Questions
- Multiple-choice Questions — Select One Answer Choice
- Multiple-choice Questions — Select One or More Answer Choices
- Numeric Entry Questions
Scores Reported on the GRE® General Test
|Verbal Reasoning||130–170, in 1 point increments|
|Quantitative Reasoning||130–170, in 1 point increments|
|Analytical Writing||0–6, in half point increments|
MAXIMUM GRE SCORE (QUANT+VERBAL): 340