GRE (Graduate Record Examination)
What is GRE?
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is administered by the Educational Testing Services. GRE is a standardized test that is required to be taken by students seeking admission in any of the graduate schools.
It is a test to evaluate skills of the aspirants. The GRE has been developed to evaluate the verbal, analytical and mathematical skills of the candidates.
Students seeking admission into any Masters Program in the US and many other European countries are required to take GRE. Individuals applying to graduate schools in order to pursue a Masters in Arts (MA) or Science (MS) are required to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination).
Commencement of Exam
Computer-based GRE Revised General Test is given year round at computer-based test centres. Appointments are scheduled on a first come first serve basis.
You can take the GRE Revised General Test (Computer based test and paper based test) once in every 60 daysand not more than five times within 12 months period. If you choose to take only the paper based GRE Revised General Test, you may take it as often as it is offered.
Eligibility Criteria for GRE
1) A Bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for seeking admission in any Masters Program in US and therefore, it is also an essential qualification for taking GRE.
2) Most US Universities have made it mandatory for a student to complete 16 years of education for admission to Science and Engineering programs.
However students holding BE, B. Tech, B. Sc (Agriculture) or B.Arch degrees, i.e. students who have spent four years for their Bachelor’s degree can directly seek admission in Science and Engineering program in any US University.
Application Procedure for GRE
There are four ways to apply for GRE:
- You can use your American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa or a voucher number.
- Note: Phone registration is not applicable for test takers in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea.
- You need to have a “My GRE Account” to register online.
- You can’t register online if you need a fee reduction, testing accommodation.
- You can register on: http://mygre.ets.org/greweb/login/login.jsp
- You can use American Express, Discover, JCB, Master Card or a voucher number.
- You need to fax the International Test Schedule Form (PDF) to the appropriate RRC.
- The form you fill must be submitted at least seven days before your first choice test date.
- You will be assigned a test date, time and the test centre address will be e-mailed, faxed or mail to you.
- If you do not receive the confirmation of your appointment, call the appropriate RRC at least three business days before your earlier test date.
- Mail the International Test Scheduling Form (PDF) to the appropriate RRC with appropriate payment.
- A confirmation number, reporting time and the test centre address will be e-mailed, faxed or mailed to you.
- You will be assigned a test date, time and location, based on the information you provide on the form.
Types of GRE
Types of Graduate Record Examination Test
1) Revised General Test
2) GRE Subject Tests
Revised General Test
Revised General Test consists of 3 sections:
1) Verbal Reasoning (130-170)
2) Quantitative Reasoning (130-170)
3) Analytical Writing (0-6) in half point increments
Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, it also analyzes the relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.
Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.
Format of Exam
The GRE consists of three main sections:
1)Verbal Reasoning: 30 Minutes/30 Questions
2)Quantitative Reasoning: 40 Minutes/28 Questions
- The total (maximum) marks allotted in GRE is 340
- Sectional scores (for verbal and quantitative sections) – allotted is 170 marks (maximum) per section.
- Analytical writing assessment scoreis scored separately on a scale of 0-6 based on the overall impact of the essays written by the student.
Countries Accepting the GRE Score
All the top universities around the world in US, UK, Europe, Singapore and Australia accept GRE score. More than 600 business schools accept the GRE score world-wide.
In the past, business schools have only accepted the Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT, which looks more at reading, comprehension and reasoning. The GRE has a stronger focus on vocabulary and straightforward quantitative skills.