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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...

Important Dates

Candidate can view important date by help of link provided below:

https://mygre.ets.org/greweb/action/RegPortal

The GRE test is offered year-round at Prometric Test centres. The test can be taken once every 21 days up to 5 times within a 12 month period.

This is possible even if you have cancelled scores on a test that you may have taken previously.

Who is required to take the exam

No official prerequisite. Intended for bachelors degree graduates and undergraduate students who are about to graduate. Fluency in English assumed. However, the student has to fulfill the admission criteria for individual institutes where he/she is applying. Candidates can apply for the test irrespective of their age.

How To Prepare

The strategies are mentioned as follows:

  • The questions in the verbal reasoning have a variety of formats. Sometimes, a single choice needs to be selected while at other times, numeric answer would have to be given.
  • The Verbal reasoning and quantitative sections would be determined by the number of questions you answer correctly.
  • Work rapidly without being careless. No question carries a great weight than the other question that a candidate might find unfamiliar.
  • Go through the questions rapidly and make a choice.
  • Budget your time clearly across sections. Within 30 minutes of the time, you have to give sufficient time to think, plan and compose an essay for analytial writing.
  • Save a few minutes at the end of the timed task to check for obvious errors.
  • Although an occasional error would not affect the score, grave errors will distract from the effectiveness of your writing.
  • You would be having a 10 minute occasional break after the third section and one minute break between the sections.

Application Fees

GRE® revised General Test  worldwide Fee - US$205. Fees for GRE Subject test is $150 globally.

Special Handling Request Fees
Late registration fee (paper-delivered test online registration only) $25
Standby testing (paper-delivered test only) $50
Rescheduling fee $50
Changing your test center $50

If you require a change in the subject test, you have to pay $50.

Selection Procedure

You have to create a "My GRE Account". You can apply for the exam as well as check scores.Online, Phone and mail are three modes to register for GRE General Test. For GRE Subject test, candidates can opt for online and mail registration.

Exam Pattern

The GRE General test comprises of three section namely- Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing.
The GRE Subject Test evaluates a student's knowledge of specific fields- Biochemistry, Cell, and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology.Each module has a different test pattern.
There are total six sections in the test and the total duration of the test is 3 hours 45 minutes.
The verbal Reasoning section has two sections with 20 questions each. The total time duration for this section is 60 minutes, where time duration for each section is 30 minutes. The same pattern is followed by the Analytical Writing section and the Quantitative Reasoning section.
The verbal Ability section has three types of questions- Reading Comprehension, Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence. This section tests a candidate’s knowledge of English language and grammar. Also, it tests a candidate’s ability to understand and analyze the text.
The Quantitative Reasoning section contains four types of questions- Quantitative Comparison Questions, Multiple-choice Questions: Select One Answer Choice, Multiple-choice Questions: Select One or More Answer Choices and Numeric Entry Questions. This section tests a student's understanding of the elementary mathematical concepts.
The Analytical Writing section has two kinds of questions- Analyze an Issue and analyze an argument. Both these questions are separately timed analytical writing tasks. These tasks measure a student's ability to understand and analyze critical situations and ideas.

GRE Score

Score range for all section :

  1. Analytical writing: 0.0 to 6.0 (in 0.5 point increments)
  2. Verbal reasoning: 130 to 170 (in 1 point increments)
  3. Quantitative reasoning: 130 to 170 (in 1 point increments)

If no questions are answered for a specific measure (e.g., Verbal Reasoning), then you will receive a No Score (NS) for that measure.

ETS also makes available test-taker photos and essay responses on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE® revised General Test to designated score recipients as part of an institutional portal. 

Score Validity - 5yrs

For further queries you can click on link below:

http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/scores/

Skills Tested

Following skills are tested for this exam:

Analytical writingThis section consists of two tasks- issue task and argument task. The writing section usually is graded on a scale of 0-6, in half points. The essays would be required to be written on the computer using a word processing program specifically formulated by ETS. The Program allows basic computer functions and does not have tools to check spelling and or any other advanced features.

  • Issue task- 30 minutes to write an essay on any topic. The topics are selected from a list of questions published by GRE.
  • Argument task- An argument is given and the candidate must write an essay considering the logic and improvizing on the topic that is given.

Quantitative reasoning: This computer-based module tests high school level mathematics and reasoning abilities. The test is scored on a scale of 130-170, in single point increments. About 20 questions need to be solved in 35 minutes. It typically consists of 8 comparison questions,  9 problem-solving questions and 3 from data interpretation.

Verbal reasoning: The questions span across reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and usage of vocabulary. The verbal test is also scored on a range of 130-170.  Each section consists of 20 questions to be completed in a span of 30 minutes. There are about 6 text completion, 4 sentence equivalence and 10 critical reading questions. 

Experimental section: This section consists of questions that can be either verbal or quantitative and contains those which are being considered for future use. It appears similar to the other sections to keep the candidates in ambiguity on which section is classified as experimental. Ideally, the examinees should do their best in every section.

Study Material & Resources

Details of the study material is provided by GRE and can be viewed by clicking the link below:

http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare?WT.ac=rx46

Preparation Tips

Here are few quick tips for GRE exam:

  • Take a practice test 5 – 7 days before the actual exam so that you can practice your pacing and build up your stamina for the long test ahead. Make sure to include all the essays and an experimental section too.
  • Review your notes, especially problems and concepts that you have struggled with. It's important to have everything you've learned fresh in your mind on test day.
  • Any practice you do at this point should be timed.
  • Work on your weaknesses as much as you can.
  • Focus on your test.
  • Use the break.

Applicants

The number of test takers from India has significantly increased with over 1.5 lakh Indians taking the exam annually. Over 7.5 lakh tests are administered annually worldwide.

Registration Details

Registration Checklist :

  • Check the test fees and read the reschedule and cancellation policies before registering for the test.
  • Read and understand the ID requirements. You are responsible for bringing valid and acceptable ID when you report to a test center.
  • Create a My GRE Account to register online. Be sure that the spelling of the name you use when registering exactly matches the name printed on your identification documents (excluding accents, apostrophes and spaces) that you will present at the test center. For example, a last name of Fernandez de Córdova would be entered as FernandezdeCordova. 
  • Decide when you would like to take the test. Be sure to allow sufficient time for score reporting when scheduling your test so you can meet the admissions deadlines for the schools to which you are applying.
  • Get the most up-to-date test center information. Not all test centers are open on all dates.
  • Determine which graduate institutions or fellowship sponsors you want to receive your scores. As part of your test fee, you may request that scores be sent to as many as four graduate institutions or fellowship sponsors. You will choose score recipients on test day.
  • Learn about the FREE GRE® Search Service. You will have the option to sign up for the Search Service when you register for the GRE revised General Test.
  • When you are ready to register for the GRE revised General Test, sign in to your My GRE Account and select from the registration options presented.

What's New

A number of law schools have recently started accepting the GRE scores over the LSAT ( Law Scholastic Aptitude Test.University of Arizona's law school was the first to start accepting GRE over LSAT.Recently the Prestigious Law School at Harvard also announced its decision to shift to GRE scores.This was probably done to reverse the reducing number of applications to the law course at Harvard. The GRE is conducted at many more centers compared to LSAT and is conducted multiple times a year as opposed to four for LSAT. After this shocking decision, Northwestern and Chicago law schools are also considering accepting the GRE scores for their law courses.

Cut-Offs

Section Minimum Maximum
Verbal 130 170
Quantitative 130 170
Combined 260 340

Attempts

For Computer-based test:

It can be taken only once after 21 days from the day of exam in every year. (Applies even if candidate cancels scores on a test taken previously.)

For Paper-based test:

Can be taken as often as it is offered

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Test Center

Test centres details can be viewed from link below:

https://mygre.ets.org/greweb/action/RegPortal

Various organizations consider scores of candidates who have completed their graduation.

Many specialized MBA and doctoral programs also accept GRE scores. About 1200 business schools globally accept GRE scores.

Exam Duration

About 3 hours and 45 minutes (includes 1-minute breaks after each section and a 10-minute break after the third section).

The admit card for the test is sent to the candidates by mail once registration is complete. The ticket confirms the test subject, date, venue and also recipients of

the results. Any changes can be sent to the Corrections tab and to the address available on the form.

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