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About GRE


GRE® test stands for GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATIONS®. There are two types of GRE tests:
    GRE® General test, and
    GRE® Subject test


GRE® general test:
                                       The GRE® General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE® General Test is required by many graduate and professional schools in the U.S and is an important criterion for admission to their graduate programmes. Applicants must submit their GRE® scores together with certain other records/requirements as part of the process of admission to graduate schools. The GRE® is administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS). ETS is responsible for conducting the GRE® test under the guidance of the college education board of the U.S. GRE® is a multiple-choice Computer Adaptive test and it is a mandatory for students seeking Masters Degree or PhD degrees in the USA for most of the Universities.


GRE® Computer Adaptive Test:
                                                                   The GRE® General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE® General Test is required by many graduate and professional schools in the U.S and is an important criterion for admission to their graduate programmes. Applicants must submit their GRE® scores together with certain other records/requirements as part of the process of admission to graduate schools. The GRE® is administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS). ETS is responsible for conducting the GRE® test under the guidance of the college education board of the U.S. GRE® is a multiple-choice Computer Adaptive test and it is a mandatory for students seeking Masters Degree or PhD degrees in the USA for most of the Universities.


Some points which you must know about the Computer Adaptive Test:
    In verbal section each question has five answer choices and you must select one choice as your answer.
    In the quantitative ability section each problem solving and data interpretation question has five answer choices. However, quantitative comparison questions have only 4 answer choices.
    Only one question appears at a time. To move to the next question, you have to mark an answer to the question that is currently on your screen.
     Once you have confirmed your answer to a question you can't go back to a question and change your answer.
    The questions are graded into 5 categories ranging from the easy to the hard category.
    More points are awarded for getting the harder questions right.
    You are penalized for not completing the test. Hence, your score depends on your accuracy, the difficulty level of the questions and the number of questions you attempted. At the beginning of the test, every candidate gets a question of average difficulty level (level 2 or 3).
    Questions in the verbal and the quantitative sections need not always be administered in groups. For example, if the first question that appears in the verbal section is an antonym, then you need not necessarily get a series of questions on antonyms alone. Two questions on antonyms may be followed by one question on analogies, followed by one on sentence completion. In other words, questions can appear in any particular order. Similarly, in the quantitative section, one question on problem solving may be followed by one question on quantitative comparison. This may be followed by one question on problem solving. Hence, the type of question that will come next cannot be predicted.



GRE® FAQs

It is one of the various criteria that the admission council looks at. However, a good GRE® score does improve your chances of getting admission and financial aid.
Not necessarily. However, to do a master's course, one has to be a graduate in any stream.
The registration fee for taking GRE® is 185. After administering the test and before getting the final scores, the test takers are asked to submit the names of 4 universities that they would like to send their scores to. This facility is part of the fee that is charged for the test.
You can register online or by phone or by mail. The detailed information about registering for the GRE® can be found at www.gre.org
GRE® is offered on all working days in India (ie, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). The schedule can be obtained from Prometric in person, through phone, e-mail or online. www.gre.org
GRE® can be taken unlimited number of times with a gap of a minimum of 21 calendar days between 2 tests. (It is highly advisable not to appear for GRE® too many times as it may affect the applicant’s candidature). However, one can give the test only 5 times in a calendar year.
Your GRE® score will be valid for 5 years after from the date the test was taken
Scoring is between 260 (Minimum) and 340 (Maximum) with 1-point increment. Three scores are reported on the General Test:
 Verbal Reasoning score reported on a 130-170 score scale, in 1-point increments
  Quantitative Reasoning score reported on a 130-170 score scale, in 1-point increments
  Analytical Writing score reported on a 0-6 score scale, in half-point increments
You will see your score for the math's and verbal section the moment you finish the exam but official scores (with scores for AWA) will take about 7-10 days to reach you.
After taking the exam you are given the choice of cancelling your score without seeing it. If you choose to do so the score is lost forever but it gets reported on all subsequent score charts that you had cancelled an exam.
The universities only accept official scores sent directly by ETS. Scores to four colleges can be sent free of cost while taking the exam. Subsequently, for each score report sent to a college, you would have to pay 25.
Technically, you can take it as late as July 15. However, it is best to take the GRE® at least 15 days before the deadline so that you have enough time to prepare the other parts of the application.
Yes, you need to have the GRE® score with you at the time of applying. You need not have the AWA score.