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Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Website : http://www.ets.org/gre 
Registration : Online
Nature of Exam : Computer Based Test (CBT)
Test Fees : US $205
Documents required on test date: Valid Passport
Exam Result: 10-15 working days
Frequency of Test : Throughout the year
Score Validity : 5 Years
Score Reporting : There is a provision of reporting your GRE test scores to a maximum of four universities of your choice, the cost of which is built into the GRE test fee you pay.
Additional Test Score Reporting Fees : US $27

To reschedule, test-takers need to pay an additional $50. Re-scheduling can be done up to seven days prior to the test day. Graduate Record Examination is the required qualifying test, on the score of which most of the US Institutions generally take a decision for admission for all the graduate programs i.e all MS/MA programs (viz. Engineering/Science/Arts/Architecture as well as Ph.D.)

GRE is for those seeking graduate school entry in US and other English speaking countries. Each year, more than 600,000 prospective graduate school applicants from approximately 230 countries take the GRE General Test. Applicants come from varying educational backgrounds and countries, and the GRE General Test provides the only common measure for comparing their qualifications.
GRE is a test format that is required by the graduate schools to check the applicant's verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills.

Exam Pattern : (Total Time : 3hrs  45mins.)
  • Verbal Reasoning – Two Sections - 20 questions in each section, Time Allotted - 30 mins per section. 
  • Quantitative Reasoning - Two Sections - 20 questions in each section, Time Allotted - 35 mins per section.
  • Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) - Two Essays – Issue & Argument, Time Allotted - 30mins each.  
  • GRE score is out of 340.

The GRE is a multiple-choice multi-stage test that measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills. It has been designed in a way so as to calculate the student's intellectual and logical abilities, adapting to performance by selecting questions based on previous answers. The test allows its takers to skip questions within a section, go back and change answers and have the flexibility to choose which questions within a section they want to answer first.

The GRE question types are designed to closely reflect the kind of thinking that students will be expected to do in graduate or business school and are based upon the following skills:

  • Verbal Reasoning - This section measures a student's ability to analyze and evaluate written material and to synthesize information obtained from it. It measures the ability to analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among concepts and words.
  • Quantitative Reasoning- This section measures a student's problem-solving ability and focusses on basic concepts of algebra, arithmetic, data analysis and geometry.
  • Analytical Writing - This section measures analytical writing skills and critical thinking. It specifically measure's a student's ability to articulate and support ideas that are complex in nature both clearly and effectively.

Structure of the GRE General Test

Section

Number of Questions

Time

Analytical Writing Assessment (One section with two separately timed tasks)

'Analysis of an Issue' task and 'Analysis of an argument' task

30 minutes per task

Verbal Reasoning(Two sections)

20 questions per section

30 minutes per section

Quantitative Reasoning(Two sections)

20 questions per section

35 minutes per section

Experimental/Research

Varies

Varies

The Analytical Writing section will always precede all other test sections. The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Experimental Section (the latter of which is not scored but which can be either Verbal or Quantitative) may appear in any order. An identified Research Section that is not scored may also be included in the test, but will always appear at the end.

GRE General Test Scoring Methodology

Section

Score Scale

Verbal Reasoning

130 - 170 scale, in 1 point increments

Quantitative Reasoning

130 - 170 scale, in 1 point increments

Analytical Writing

0-6 score level, in half-point increments

FAQs

 What is the test order?

  • The Analytical Writing section will always be first, while the other five sections may appear in any order.

 How is the GRE scored?

  • The verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE are scored between 130 and 170 in one point increments; whereas the AWA section is scored on a scale from 0 to 6 in half point increments.

 How long is my test score valid?

  • The GRE scores are valid for 5 years.

 What are the GRE Subject Tests?

  • The GRE Subject Tests are similar to SAT IIs in that they test your knowledge of a particular subject like chemistry or literature. Not every school requires a GRE subject test, but many of the most competitive programs do. ETS offers the tests three times a year — they are not part of the standard 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 section. A score of 130 - 170 per section is generated for the Verbal and Quantitative sections. Both scores are then added to give a total score 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 scores do not reflect their actual capabilities.

When do I consider myself ready to take the GRE?

  • Our 48-hour module is specifically customized 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.