GRE stands for Graduate Record Examination. It is your gateway to graduate programs and business schools across the world. Prospective graduate and business school applicants from all around the world who are interested in pursuing a master's, MBA, specialized master's in business or doctoral degree take the GRE General Test. The GRE General Test, created and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing skills. If you plan to pursue an MS, MEM (Masters in Engineering Management) or MFE (Masters in Financial Engineering), then GRE is a qualifying test that you will need to take.
The total testing time for the revised GRE® test is around 3 hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.
One Analytical Writing section with two separately timed writing tasks
|Section||Number of Questions||Allotted Time|
(1 section with 2
separately timed tasks)
|1 "Analyse an Issue" task and||30 minutes per task|
|1 "Analyse an Argument" task|
|Approximately 20 questions per section||30 minutes per section|
|Approximately 20 questions per section||35 minutes per section|
The test features a score scale that reports the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments.*An unidentified unscored section that does not count towards a score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section.
**An identified research section may be included in place of the unscored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test. Questions in this section are included for the purpose of ETS research and will not count towards the test taker's score.
There is a 10-minute break following the third section, and a 1-minute break between the other test sections.
You can take the GRE® once every 21 days, up to five times per year within any continuous rolling 12-month period. This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously.
Since the application timeline is between Nov–March of every year for fall intake, it is advisable that the student finishes with the GRE® by Sept–Oct, so that one could give sufficient time to prepare the required application documents. The application time line for Spring would be between May–September for the Spring intake.
First, you pick a test date and decide on the payment type — with a valid credit or debit card — American Express®, Discover®, JCB®, MasterCard® or VISA®. Note: the card doesn't need to be in your name, so you can use the cards of family or friends. If a credit/debit card is available (Visa, Master Card, American Express), you can register:
The test registration fee for the GRE® is USD 195. If you want to reschedule the date, time, or location of your test, you have to pay a rescheduling fee of USD 50. It must be done at least four days prior to your test appointment. If you cancel your registration no later than four days prior to your test date, you will receive a refund equivalent to half of the original test fee.
On the day of the GRE®, you can send your scores to 4 recipients for free. Using the ScoreSelect® option for each of your four free score reports, you can decide to send scores from your Most Recent test administration or from All the times you have taken the General Test in the last five years. Additional score reports can be ordered online on www.ets.org at USD 27 per score report.
At the end of the test, you will be given the option to you will be given the opportunity to Report or Cancel your scores. If you choose Report Scores, you will see your unofficial scores for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures at the test center. You cannot cancel your score for one section of the test and have the scores for the remaining sections reported. Although you have the option of cancelling your scores, consider very carefully before doing so because the score reporting choices available with the ScoreSelect® option allow you to report only the scores you feel reflect your personal best. If you cancel your scores, neither you nor any schools will ever see them and they will not be part of your reportable history. Cancelled scores are not added to your permanent record. If you wish to take the test again, you must reregister and submit another test payment.If you select to report your scores, you will view your unofficial scores on the screen and the score will become a part of your reportable history.
Apart from a GRE® score, what else is required to apply to graduate school?
Your application needs a Statement of Purpose, Recommendation Letters, Transcripts, Research Statements and Design Portfolio (if required).
The Verbal Reasoning section of the revised GRE® will have a total of 40 Questions (20 in each section). Time allotted will be 30 Minutes for each section
This section will not test you on Analogies, Antonyms and Sentence Completion. Instead, it will consist of Text Completion, Sentence Equivalence and Reading Comprehension. However, good vocabulary is still important to do well in this section.
Also, some new question types have been introduced in this section–
The Quantitative Reasoning section of the revised GRE® will have a total of 40 Questions (20 in each section). Time allotted will be 35 minutes for each section.
Apart from regular numeric comparison questions and MCQs, some new question types have been introduced in this section:
The analytical writing ability (AWA) section will have only one topic (no option) provided to the student for each essay. Time allowed for each essay will be 30 minutes, and each essay will be rated out of 6. This section Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.
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