The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is a computer based test that is a pre-requisite for admission into different Master's and Doctoral programs in the U.S. It is a competitive examination that requires extensive preparation.

General Overview: The GRE test lasts for 3 hours and 45 mins and tests verbal,quantitative and analytical writing abilities. The verbal and quantitative reasoning score will be reported on a 130-170 score scale and the analytical writing is graded on a holistic scale of 6. Test scores are valid for 5 years. Different schools have different GRE score requirements. Your scores better your chances of getting admission into a particular U.S. university.

The GRE can be attempted once every sixty days and only upto five times in one calendar year. Registration for the GRE requires a valid passport and can be done on www.ets.org
Registration requires candidate to pay a US $175.00 exam fee.

The Content

Verbal

  • There are two 30 minute sections with 20 questions in each section.
  • The verbal section measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material,synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships between words and concepts.
  • It contains three types of questions: reading comprehension, text completion and sentence equivalence.

Quantitative

  • There are two 35-minute sections with 20 questions in each section.
  • The quantitative section measures your understanding of elementary mathematical concepts, ability to reason quantitatively and ability to solve problems in a quantitative setting.
  • The content areas, usually learned in high school, include arithmetic, algebra,geometry and data analysis.

Analytical Writing

  • There are two 30 minute sections within the Analytical Writing assessment.
  • The two writing tasks include: 1) a 30-minute "Present Your Perspective on an Issue" task that states an opinion on an issue of general interest and asks test takers to address the issue from any perspective they wish, as long as they provide relevant reasons and examples to explain and support their views and 2) a 30-minute "Analyze an Argument" task that requires test takers to critique an argument by discussing how well reasoned they find it.
  • Individuals taking the computer-based test will use a basic word processor developed by ETS which allows basic functions: insert text, delete text, cut-and-paste and undo the previous action.

Other Information

  • To check where the GRE is administered in your city, visit the official search page.
  • For further information visit: www.ets.org/gre
  • Computer Based Test is a regular test that uses a computer interface. The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections are section-level adaptive i.e. the first section of the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures consists of various questions, from easy to difficult range. The first section is of average difficulty and then the second section of each of the measures is administered based on a test taker's overall performance on the first section.

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