GRE(Graduate Records Examination)

What is a Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?

A standardized test, the Graduate Record Examination measures Verbal, Mathematical and Analytical Writing skills. The test intends to primarily aid Graduate Schools (of all fields other than business) to assess the potential of the applicants for advanced study. Most universities in the US, while inviting applications from prospective students, ask for GRE® scores.

The examination is entirely a Computer-based Test, and no two students get an identical set of questions. The test is scored on a maximum of 340. The GRE® Score alone cannot guarantee admission into a school - the test is only one of the major factors taken into consideration in the long process of an applicant getting admitted into a graduate school he/she desires.

What is test structure for GRE?

The GRE test has three parts - Quantitative, Verbal and Analytical Writing Assessment. The following is the GRE test structure.


VERBAL SECTION

Scores Range

130 - 170

Types of Questions

Text completion Questions
Sentence Equivalence Questions
Reading Comprehension Questions.
NO Antonyms
NO Analogies

Score Increments

1. Point increments

Sections

2. Sections

Question per section

Approximately 20

Time Allocated

30 Minute Per section, total will be 60 Minutes

QUANTITATIVE SECTION

Scores Range

130 - 170

Types of Questions

Multiple Choice questions
 - Select One answer Choice
 - Select One or more answer choices

Numeric Entry questions
Quantitative comparison Questions

Score Increments

1. Point increments

Sections

2. Sections

Question per section

Approximately 20

Time Allocated

35 Minute Per section, total will be 70 Minutes

ANALYTICAL WRITING ASSESSMENT SECTION

Scores Range

0 - 6

Types of Questions

2 Questions

Score Increments

0.5

Sections

One Section

Question

2 Questions or Tasks
 - One Analyze and issue task
 - One Analyze an Argument Task

Time Allocated

30 Minutes per task
Total 60 minutes for two tasks or questions

  ** An unidentified unscored section may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. It is not counted as part of your score.

*** An identified research section that is not scored may be included, and it is always at the end of the test.

The US-based "Educational Testing Service" (ETS), which works under the direction of the Graduate Record Examination Board, develops and administers the GRE®. ETS is responsible for setting questions, conducting the test and sending score reports to each examinee. For detailed information about GRE, please refer the official website of GRE www.gre.org


FAQs

What is the cost/registration fee for GRE?

The registration charges for taking the GRE Exam is US$ 185

How many times in a year is GRE exam held?

GRE is offered on all working days in India i.e. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

How many times can I take GRE?

GRE can be taken unlimited number of times with a gap of at least 1 month between 2 tests. However, one can give the test only 5 times in a calendar year.

What is the validity of the GRE exam?

Your GRE score will be valid for 5 years after from the date the test was taken

What is the scoring pattern?

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

 

How soon do I get my score?

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.