GRE (Graduate Record Examination)
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
- The GRE is now only available as a Computer Based Test (CBT), Paper Based Test (PBT) is in a limited scope.
- Some graduate programs may require GRE subject score.
- After completing your exam (even before with "ScoreSelect"), you can send your scores (free!) to four universities so be prepared.
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.
GRE score validity
- Your GRE scores are valid for five years.
- You can take the GRE revised General Test (computer-based) only once every 21 days, and no more than five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period. This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously. If you take only the paper-based GRE revised General Test, you may take it as often as it is offered.
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
||1 Issue Task*
||1 Argument Task*
|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|
* 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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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).
- If you have taken GRE multiple times, you can send score from any test date (like current score or score from the previous exam). There will be no mention of other scores in your score report.
- Maximum score for sections Verbal, Quantitative is 170.
Analytical writing score will be reported on a 0-6 score scale, in half-point increments.
- GRE is required by universities in North America (USA and Canada).
- Most Universities require General GRE for admission to MS and Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences. Many Business schools now accept GRE scores for admission to MBA program.
- Generally for Engineering Students score like 160 (q)+ 148 (v) + 4 (a) is considered OK for admission for middle order universities ranked between 40 to 90. There might be some deviation.
- For all Engineering Students GRE Quant. is most important for best results GRE Quant. must be well above 160, GRE A>4.0/6.0), GRE V above 150.
- A high GRE score can considerably improve your chances of admission. TOEFL score must be well above 92. GPA is another major factor in admission.
- Top 50 ranked Universities may require GRE>318(162+,156+,>4/6) and TOEFL>95.
For International students, the Verbal section is quite difficult. So they must prepare hard on vocabulary.
- There is no penalty for wrong answers.
- You can review, move forward and edit/change your answers, etc. (within a section).
: Work hard in GRE Quantitative. Work on Permutation/combination, probability, mean/median/mode... etc.