GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

Graduate record examination, getting started

What is GRE?

Graduate Record Examination is a test used to compare applicant's skills in verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking which are critical for success at graduate level. GRE (General Test) is widely accepted worldwide (150+ countries) and thousands of graduate and business schools/Universities.

About the GRE Test

Do I need to take GRE?

If you are planning for a graduate degree (Masters or PhD) then you might need to take GRE (especially if you are planning to study in US). GRE is now accepted by most colleges for MBA programs (some Law programs are also accepting GRE scores in lieu of LSAT scores). For some colleges/programs it's an optional test but highly recommended for international students.

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GRE Test Structure

Total Computer Based Test (CBT) time is up to three hours 45 minutes, not including the research section. The directions at the beginning of each section specify the total number of questions in the section and the time allowed for the section. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.


Number of Questions


Analytical Writing 1 Issue Task* 30 minutes
Analytical Writing 1 Argument Task* 30 minutes
Verbal (2 sections) Approximately 20 questions per section 30 minutes for each section
Quantitative (2 sections) Approximately 20 questions per section ~35 minutes for each section
Unscored** Varies Varies
Research*** Varies Varies

* Analytical section is always first section and other sections (verbal and quant.) might be in any order.
* For the Issue task, two essay topics are presented and you choose one. The Argument task does not present a choice of topics; instead, one topic is presented.
** An 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.
*** An identified research section that is not scored may be included, and it is always at the end of the test.

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GRE Score Scale

Which programs accept GRE scores?

GRE is widely accepted for graduate programs (for many majors). For professional degree courses it's popular in Engineering, Science, Stats, Mathematics etc.The GRE General Test is now accepted by more than 500 business schools worldwide (including top schools like Harvard, MIT, Wharton, INSEAD for their MBA programs. In the last four years, the number of business schools accepting the GRE General Test for MBA admissions has quadrupled.

Several Law schools have started accepting GRE tests!!

GRE Scoring - How is GRE scored?

Measure Scores Reported
Verbal Reasoning 130 - 170, in 1 point increments
Quantitative Reasoning 130 - 170, in 1 point increments
Analytical Writing 0 - 6, in half point increments

Is calculator allowed in GRE Test?

An on-screen basic calculator (non scientific) is available for GRE Quantitative section.

Can I go back and forth or edit answers and come back to review my answers?

Yes you can move around within a section and edit answers.

What is the price for GRE test?

Cost for most of the countries is $205. It may vary from $205-$230 (depending on your country).


Note: Work hard in GRE Quantitative. Work on Permutation/combination, probability, mean/median/mode... etc.

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GRE Quantitative

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