Graduate Record Examination
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GRE Overview

GRE or Graduate Record Examination is a world renowned admission test required to be given by the candidates desirous of taking admission to graduate programs primarily in the areas of engineering and sciences at education institutions in USA. The GRE is designed to help graduate schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in technical fields.

The GRE® revised General Test is the only admissions test for graduate or business school that lets you skip questions, change your answers and have control to tackle the questions you want to answer first. It all makes for a test-taker friendly experience, more confidence and the ability to use your scores for thousands of graduate and business schools worldwide.

Test Criteria

Created and administered by Educational Testing Service, ETS the exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study.

Test Recognition

The GRE revised General Test is accepted at thousands of graduate and business schools as well as departments and divisions within these schools.

Test Takers

Prospective graduate and business school applicants from all around the world who are interested in pursuing a masters, MBA, specialized masters in business or doctoral degree take the GRE revised General Test. Applicants come from varying educational and cultural backgrounds and the GRE revised General Test provides schools with a common measure for comparing their qualifications. GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study.

Test Scores and Validity

Essays are scored on a scale of 0 to 6 in 0.5 increments. Quantitative Reasoning section is scored on a scale of 130 to 170 in 1 point increment. Verbal Reasoning section is scored on a scale of 130 to 170 in 1 point increment. The validity of GRE test scores is for 05 years.

Test Format

Test Section Names Description
Verbal section
  1. The computer-based verbal sections assess reading comprehension, critical reasoning and vocabulary usage.
  2. The verbal test is scored on a scale of 130-170, in 1-point increments (Before August, 2011 the scale was 200–800, in 10-point increments).
  3. In a typical examination, each verbal section consists of 20 questions to be completed in 30 minutes.
  4. Each verbal section consists of about 6 text completion, 4 sentence equivalence, and 10 critical reading questions.
  5. The changes in 2011 include a reduced emphasis on rote vocabulary knowledge and the elimination of antonyms and analogies.
  6. Text completion items have replaced sentence completions and new reading question types allowing for the selection of multiple answers were added
Quantitative section
  1. Reading tests candidates’ ability to read and comprehend the passages, and answer the questions based on the same.
  2. The computer-based quantitative sections assess basic high school level mathematical knowledge and reasoning skills.
  3. The quantitative test is scored on a scale of 130–170, in 1-point increments (Before August 2011 the scale was 200–800, in 10-point increments).
  4. In a typical examination, each quantitative section consists of 20 questions to be completed in 35 minutes.
  5. Each quantitative section consists of about 8 quantitative comparisons, 9 problem solving items, and 3 data interpretation questions.
  6. The changes in 2011 include the addition of numeric entry items requiring the examinee to fill in a blank and multiple-choice items requiring the examinee to select multiple correct responses.
Analytical writing section
  1. The analytical writing section consists of two different essays, an “issue task” and an “argument task”.
  2. The writing section is graded on a scale of 0–6, in half-point increments.
  3. The essays are written on a computer using a word processing program specifically designed by ETS.
  4. The program allows only basic computer functions and does not contain a spell-checker or other advanced features.
  5. Each essay is scored by at least two readers on a six-point holist scale.
  6. If the two scores are within one point, the average of the scores is taken. If the two scores differ by more than a point, a third reader examines the response.
Experimental section
  1. The experimental section, which can be either a verbal, quantitative, or analytical writing task, contains new questions ETS is considering for future use.
  2. Although the experimental section does not count towards the test-taker’s score, it is unidentified and appears identical to the scored sections.
  3. Because test takers have no definite way of knowing which section is experimental, it is typically advised that test takers try their best on every section.
  4. Sometimes an identified research section at the end of the test is given instead of the experimental section.[17] There is no experimental section on the paper-based GRE.

Exam Fee

Exam Fees – 195 USD *

Miscellaneous Details

Test Name – Graduate Record Examination
Test Duration – 03 Hours 45 minutes [approx]
Test Sections – The structure of the computer-based GRE revised General Test consists of six sections.
The first section is always the analytical writing section involving separately timed issue and argument tasks.
The next five sections consist of two verbal reasoning sections, two quantitative reasoning sections, and either an experimental or research section.
Test Scores Validity – 05 years
Exam Fees – 195 USD *
Test Repetition Policy – Once calendar month. Maximum 5 times a calendar year
Nature of the Test – Computer based Test