GRE(Graduate Record Examinations)

GRE(Graduate Record Examinations)


The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most graduate schools in the United States. The GRE is owned and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). The test was established in 1936 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

According to ETS, the GRE aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of learning. The content of the GRE consists of certain specific algebra, geometry, arithmetic, and vocabulary. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based exam administered at Prometric testing centers. In the graduate school admissions process, the level of emphasis that is placed upon GRE scores varies widely between schools and departments within schools. The importance of a GRE score can range from being a mere admission formality to an important selection factor.

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GRE Pattern

GRE exam pattern is as follow- three sections, namely, Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. The Analytical Writing section will always be the first, whereas, the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and unscored sections may appear in any order. Along with the time duration difference, the pattern also differs for paper-based and online exams.

Here is the GRE paper pattern -

GRE Sections Paper-Based Computer-Based
  No. Of Sections Durations No. Of Sections Durations
Analytical Writing 2 Sections-2 Tasks 60 Minutes 1 Sections-2 Tasks  
Verbal Reasoning 2 Sections-50 Questions 70 Minutes 2 Sections-40 Questions  
Quantitative Reasoning 2 Sections-50 Questions 80 Minutes 2 Sections-40 Questions  
Unscored NA NA Varies Varies
Research NA NA Varies Varies


GRE or Graduate Record Examination is undertaken for admission to Graduate Programmes abroad. Hence, candidates who plan to appear for GRE are required to have successfully completed their Undergraduate course to be eligible for GRE. Students can register for the exam irrespective of age and qualification. Candidates should note that not all programmes and universities require candidates to have a GRE score for their Graduate Programme. Whether a candidate requires to appear for his GRE is entirely dependent on the university and the course he is pursuing.

Students seeking admission in MS courses in different fields in the US and various other countries appear for GRE General Test. Through this test, a candidate is evaluated on his analytical writing skills, quantitative ability, and verbal reasoning skills. They are conducted around the year, and candidates can appear for the general test as per their convenience. Majority of the students opt for this test as a majority of the universities world over accept this exam.

The GRE Subject Test evaluates the candidates’ ability on a particular subject. The subject tests are conducted for the following areas: Mathematics, Literature (English), Physics and Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry (Cell and Molecular Biology). Generally, this test is required for getting admission in specialized courses. Apart from this, this test is conducted only thrice a year in April, September, and October and is available only in paper delivered format.

The application fee for GRE General Test is $205 worldwide, which would roughly translate to Rs. 13,500 to Rs. 14,500 approximately. GRE Subject Test costs $150 worldwide, which would cost Indian students Rs. 10,000 to 11,000 approximately. Also, candidates have to pay for special handling requests like: Late registration fee: $25Standby testing: $25Rescheduling fee: $50 Changing the test center: $50 Apart from this, candidates are charged $50 if they want to change a subject in the subject test.

There are multiple ways to register for GRE. Popular ways through which aspirants can register for GRE 2018 through online and phone. Apart from this, aspirants can also register through mail or even by fax. Candidates should follow the below-mentioned process for registering for GMAT 2018: Candidates need to create an ETS account.Select the type of GRE exam you want to take – GRE General or GRE subject test.Select the date and location for the GRE 2018 exam.Give your academic details.Proceed ahead and pay registration fee $205.

There are no specific eligibility criteria for the GRE exam. Anyone can register for this exam, irrespective of age or qualifications. The only thing you need to keep in mind is the fact that you will be required to produce your original passport as proof of identity at the exam center, so make sure that you have a valid passport before you register for the GRE exam.