Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)


Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is exam conducted by Educational Testing Service (ETS) for the graduates looking for the admissions in courses like MBA programs, M.S programs, doctoral degrees and fellowships for top universities around the world in US, UK, Europe, Singapore, Australia and some Asian and African countries. List of universities are given in ETS website www.ets.org


Two Types of GRE Tests

  • Revised General GRE (it is called revised because the pattern of GRE changed after 01.10.11)
  • GRE subject Test

REVISED GENERAL GRE

The GRE Revised General Test is a TIMED exam. It has been designed by ETS to assess a student's preparation in each of the three skill areas that are necessary for success in graduate school.

Modes of examination

  • Paper based
  • Computer based

"Computer- Based"

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

Study Centre

Structure of the Computer-delivered Test

Measure Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing(One section with two separately timed tasks) 1 "Analyze an Issue" task
1 "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
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"What it includes"


Analytical Writing

  • The students are required to compose an Issue essay and an Argument essay. For each essay, single topic will be given.
  • Essay topics focus more on context and circumstance, rather than outside knowledge, and you will be required to critically engage with the topic rather than having generalized views.
  • On the GRE revised General Test,the Analytical Writing section will always comes first.
  • Time allocated for each essay separately is 30 minutes (the Analytical Writing section totaling 60 minutes).
  • The Analytical Writing Section is scored on a scale of o - 6, in 0.5 point increments.

Verbal Reasoning

  • This section offers three kinds of questions: Reading Comprehension, Text Completion, and Sentence Equivalence questions. These question types are designed to check the methods of reading and interpretation, rather than just vocabulary. While vocabulary is still an important component of the GRE revised General test, vocabulary questions are presented within contextual frameworks, such as reading passages.
  • The scoring for the revised GRE Verbal Reasoning is on a scale of 130 - 170 in 1 point increments and allows for a comparison between graduate school candidates.

Quantitative Reasoning

  • This section offers questions that are meant to test a student's proficiency in arithmetic, algebra, and basic geometry. Some questions are based on contextual and real-life situations, and require them to analyze and interpret plots, graphs, and date reports.
  • An on-screen basic digital calculator is available for use in the Quantitative Reasoning Sections of the GRE Revised General Test.
  • Apart from common single-answer multiple choice questions, both quantitative comparison and numerical entry questions types are also provided.
  • Multiple choice questions are also provided.
  • The scoring for the Quantitative Reasoning measure for the GRE Revised General Test is on a scale of 130 - 170 in 1 point increments.

Registration to be done online using 'My GRE Account' on ETS website.

Requirements For Web/Phone, Fax and Mail Registration or Requirements For Registration:
There are four ways you can register for the computer-based General Test.

Web:

  • Online Registration can be done only via International Credit card. Debit card cannot be used for online registration in India.
  • International Credit cards that can be used are American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard or VISA card.

Phone:

  • Students need to call the appropriate RRC [Regional Registration Centre]. A confirmation number, reporting time, and the test centre address will be given to you when you call.
  • One can register over the phone by using an American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard or a VISA International Credit card.

Fax:

  • One needs to register using American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard or VISA International Credit Card and then fax the International Test Scheduling Form (PDF) to the appropriate RRC [Regional Registration Centre].
  • The form must be received at least 7 days before your first-choice test date.
  • A confirmation number, reporting time and the test centre address will be faxed or mailed to you. If you do not get a confirmation of your appointment, call the appropriate RRC at least 3 business days before your first-choice test date.
  • If your requested date(s) cannot be accommodated, you will be scheduled for the next available test date. If your assigned test date does not meet your needs, call the appropriate RRC within 24 hours of receipt of your registration confirmation.
  • Quick Pay Instructions:
    • Locate an agent in your country.
    • While completing the payment services or blue form, please use the following codes under the "Pay To" section:
      • Company Name: Educational Testing Service
      • Company Code: GREPROGRAM NJ
      • Country: USA
    • The form must be received at least three weeks before your first-choice test date.
  • A confirmation number, reporting time, and the test centre address will be faxed or mailed to you.
  • If you do not receive a confirmation, call the appropriate RRC at least 3 business days before your first-choice test date. If you miss your appointment and did not call the RRC, your test fee will not be refunded. If you provide an e-mail address, you may receive a confirmation by e-mail.

Mail:

  • Mail the International Test Scheduling Form (PDF) to the appropriate RRC with appropriate payment, (at least 3 weeks prior to intended date).
  • Payments via the Western Union Quick Pay service are accepted by ETS for computer-based testing administrations. Only original receipts will be accepted by Prometric.

Confirmation:

Online Registration

  • A registration number is given which indicates confirmation

By Phone

  • A confirmation number, reporting time, and the test centre address will be given to you when you call

By Fax or Mail

  • A confirmation number, reporting time and the test centre address will be faxed or mailed to you.