GRE stands for Graduate Record Examination. Most of the reputed global universities accept GRE as an admission test for the graduate programs from Masters in Technology to Masters in Arts and even Masters in Business Administration. Graduate aspirants 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.

Thus, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a widely accepted entrance exam conducted for the purpose of admission in several courses offered at various foreign universities. The objective of GRE test is to evaluate the verbal, mathematical and also analytical skills of the students and to check whether they are eligible to withstand the rigour of such demanding courses.

Facts about the GRE

GRE helps the admission committee at the universities to gauge students applying from across the world on the same platform; the exam remains unbiased for every student taking the GRE across the globe. Also, GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study.

GRE is mandatory for most students aspiring for a Master Degree (except Business, Law and Medicine) and PhD courses in several universities in the US. The GRE revised test is accepted at thousands of graduate and business schools as well as departments and divisions within these schools.

The GRE® General Test is available at more than 1,000 test centers in more than 160 countries. It is offered as a computer-delivered test year-round at most locations around the world. Register early to get your preferred test date and test location: online or by phone.

To register for the GRE exam, one needs to visit https://www.ets.org/gre and complete the required registration process. A fee payment of US $205 has to be made via Credit Card, or Debit Card with a Visa/MasterCard logo.

You can take the computer-delivered GRE General Test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days). This applies even if you have canceled your scores on a test taken previously.

You can reschedule or cancel your registration at any time. To avoid forfeiting your test fee, you must do so no later than four days before your test date.

The GRE scores are valid for five years.

SECTION No.Of Topics Question Type Duration Use of Calculator
Analytical Writing Assessment 1 Analysis of an argument 30 min No
Integrated reasoning 12 Multi-Source Reasoning,
Graphics Interpretation,
Two-Part Analysis,
Table Analysis
30 min Yes
Quantitative 31 Data Sufficiency,
Problem Solving
62 min No
Verbal 36 Reading Comprehension,
Critical Reasoning,
Sentence Correction
65 min No
Section Score Scale
Verbal Reasoning 130–170, in 1 point increments
Quantitative Reasoning 130–170, in 1 point increments
Analytical Writing 0–6, in half point increments

If no questions are answered for a specific measure (e.g., Verbal Reasoning), then you will receive a No Score (NS) for that measure.

Topics Scale score
AWA 0-6
Integrated Reasoning 1 - 8
Quantitative Reasoning 6 - 51

1. The overall score is in the range of 200-800 in 10 point increments.
2. The scores in Quant and verbal sections range from 6-51 in 1-point increment.
3.Analytical Writing Assesment is scored on a scale of 0-6 in half point increments.
4. Integrated Reasoning is scored in the range of 1-8 in one point increments.

Structure of the Computer-delivered Test
Measure Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing
(One section with two separately timed tasks)
One "Analyze an Issue" task and
one "Analyze an Argument" task
30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning
(Two sections)
20 questions per section 30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning
(Two sections)
20 questions per section 35 minutes per section
Unscored1 Varies Varies
Research2 Varies Varies

The overall testing time for the computer-delivered GRE® General Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.

GRE is section Adaptive test. The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures are section-level adaptive. This means the computer selects the second section based on your performance on the first section. Within each section, all questions contribute equally to the final score

Unscored section does not count toward your score. Questions in the unscored section are for possible use in future tests

Research section does not count toward your score may be included in place of the unscored section. Questions in this section are included for ETS research purposes.

The Analytical Writing section will always be first. The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and unidentified/unscored sections may appear in any order.

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