GRE or Graduate Record Examination | GRE® revised General Test

What is GRE?

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is administered by the ETS (Educational Testing Services). GRE is a standardized test that is required to be taken by students seeking admission in any of the graduate schools.

It is a test to evaluate skills of the aspirants. The GRE has been developed to evaluate the verbal, analytical and mathematical skills of the candidates.

Students seeking admission into any Masters Program in the US and many other European countries are required to take GRE. Individuals applying to graduate schools in order to pursue a Masters in Arts (MA) or Science (MS) are required to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination).

Eligibility Criteria for GRE

1) A Bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for seeking admission in any Masters Program in US and therefore, it is also an essential qualification for taking GRE.
2) Most US Universities have made it mandatory for a student to complete 16 years of education for admission to Science and Engineering programs.
However students holding BE, B. Tech, B. Sc (Agriculture) or B.Arch degrees, i.e. students who have spent four years for their Bachelor’s degree can directly seek admission in Science and Engineering program in any US University.

Application Procedure for GRE

There are four ways to apply for GRE:

  • Phone
    • You can use your American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa or a voucher number.
    • Note: Phone registration is not applicable for test takers in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea.
  • Online
  • Fax
    • You can use American Express, Discover, JCB, Master Card or a voucher number.
    • You need to fax the International Test Schedule Form (PDF) to the appropriate RRC.
    • The form you fill must be submitted at least seven days before your first choice test date.
    • You will be assigned a test date, time and the test centre address will be e-mailed, faxed or mail to you.
    • If you do not receive the confirmation of your appointment, call the appropriate RRC at least three business days before your earlier test date.
  • Mail
    • Mail the International Test Scheduling Form (PDF) to the appropriate RRC with appropriate payment.
    • A confirmation number, reporting time and the test centre address will be e-mailed, faxed or mailed to you.
    • You will be assigned a test date, time and location, based on the information you provide on the form.

Fee Structure

Fees for the GRE® revised General Test and Related Services

Fees are stated in U.S. dollars and are in effect as of April 1, 2014.

Standard Test Administration
GRE® revised General Test — worldwide $195
Special Handling Requests
Late registration fee (paper-based test online registration only) $25
Standby testing (paper-based test only) $50
Rescheduling fee $50
Changing your test center $50
Test Preparation
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GRE® Success Starter: The Test Maker’s Guide to Doing Your Best (Video) $7
The Official Guide to the GRE® revised General Test, Second Edition (available in paperback, with CD and eBook versions; also available at many bookstores) $35*
NEW! Official GRE® Guide Mobile App $4.99
ScoreItNow!™ Online Writing Practice for the GRE revised General Test $13
Scoring Services
View Scores Online FREE
GRE® Diagnostic Service FREE
Print Official Examinee Score Report Online FREE
Additional Score Reports (ASR) — per recipient $27
Question-and-Answer review service — Verbal Reasoning & Quantitative Reasoning sections only $50
Score review for Analytical Writing measure $55
Paper-based test multiple-choice hand scoring $30
Score Reinstatement Fee $30
Tools for Success
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Additional ETS PPI Evaluation Reports, per report $20

Types of Graduate Record Examination Test

  • Revised General Test
  • GRE Subject Tests

Revised General Test 

The GRE revised General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you’ll do in graduate or business school.

Revised General Test consists of 3 sections:

1) Verbal Reasoning (130-170)
2) Quantitative Reasoning (130-170)
3) Analytical Writing (0-6) in half point increments

  • Verbal Reasoning — Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.
  • Quantitative Reasoning — Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
  • Analytical Writing — Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.

GRE Subject Tests

GRE Subject Tests are meant to test your knowledge and skill level in a particular subject area. These subject tests are emphasized by undergraduate programmes.
The GRE subject test is available only in the paper and pencil version.

Eight different GRE subject tests are available

  1. GRE Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Subject Test- 180 Questions
  2. GRE Biology Subject Test- 200 Questions
  3. GRE Chemistry Subject Test- 130 Questions
  4. GRE Computer Science Subject Test – 70 Questions
  5. GRE Literature in English Subject Test- 230 Questions
  6. GRE Mathematics Subject Test- 66 Questions
  7. GRE Physics Subject Test- 100 Questions
  8. GRE Psychology Subject Test- 205 Questions

Format of the Exam

Format of Exam

The GRE consists of three main sections:

1)Verbal Reasoning: 30 Minutes/30 Questions
2)Quantitative Reasoning: 40 Minutes/28 Questions
3)Analytical Writing

Scoring Pattern

  • The total (maximum) marks allotted in GRE is 340
  • Sectional scores (for verbal and quantitative sections) – allotted is 170 marks (maximum) per section.
  • Analytical writing assessment scoreis scored separately on a scale of 0-6 based on the overall impact of the essays written by the student.

Countries Accepting the GRE Score

All the top universities around the world in US, UK, Europe, Singapore and Australia accept GRE score. More than 600 business schools accept the GRE score world-wide.

In the past, business schools have only accepted the Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT, which looks more at reading, comprehension and reasoning. The GRE has a stronger focus on vocabulary and straightforward quantitative skills.


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