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GRE Overview

The graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most graduate schools is in the United States. Almost all graduate schools in United States require GRE results as part of the admissions process.

The GRE is a standardized test intended to measure the abilities of all graduates in tasks of general academic nature, regardless of their field of specialization. The GRE is supposed to measure the extent to which undergraduate education has developed an individual’s verbal and quantitative skills in abstract thinking.

This test is created and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), the exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE General test is offered as a computer –based exam administered at prometric testing centers.


GRE Test Format

The structure of computer –based GRE General Test consists of six sections. The first section is always the analytical writing section involving separately timed issue and argument tasks. The next five sections consist of two verbal reasoning sections, two quantitative reasoning sections, and either an experimental or research section. These five sections may occur in any order. The experimental section does not count towards the final score but is not distinguished from the scored sections.

The entire testing procedure lasts about 3 hours 45 minutes. One minute breaks are offered after each section and a 10-minute break after the third section.

GRE Fees

In addition to the General Test, there are also seven GRE subject Tests testing knowledge in the specific areas of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics , and Psychology. The length of each exam is 170 minutes.

Test Fee: USD 190

(Note: Fee is subject to change from time to time, please check: www.ets.org\gre)


Does the GRE General Test measure knowledge in any specific disciplines?

The GRE General Test measures a student’s verbal and quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills – disciplines that are relevant to every field of study and important in graduate or business schools.

How is the GRE scored?

The first sections of the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning parts range from the levels of ‘Easy’ to ‘Difficult’. Each subsequent section is administered based on the student’s overall performance in the preceding Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning section. A score of 130 – 170 is generated for the Verbal and Quantitative sections. Both scores are then added to give a total score on the scale of 260 – 340.

What kind of writing software does the AWA section employ?

Students will use a basic word processor developed by ETS. The basic word processor contains a number of functionalities: insert text, delete text, cut-and-paste and undo the previous action. Other tools such as a grammar checker or a spell checker and are not available in the ETS software. This makes essay writing fair in relation to handwritten essays of the students in the paper-based tests.

Is it advisable to re-take the GRE if the score received in the first attempt is low?

Students must make a concerted effort to prepare for the GRE the second time and retake the exam, if they feel that their GRE test scores do not reflect their actual capabilities.

For what duration is a GRE score valid?

A GRE score is valid for five years. While a student can retake the exam to improve upon scores, Institutions will have access to all your scores registered in the last five years. Hence, candidates are advised to prepare thoroughly before appearing for the exam.

When do I consider myself ready to take the GRE?

Our 48-hour module is specifically customised and designed to make a candidate ‘exam ready’. However if a student is deemed to be under prepared, we offer a combination of extra tutoring, further mock tests and result-oriented strategic sessions to prepare the student to take the GRE.