GRE

Graduate Record Examination or GRE is a commercially-run standardized test that is an admissions requirement for many graduate schools principally in the United States, but also in other English speaking countries. Created and administered by Educational Testing Service (or ETS) in 1949, the exam is primarily focused on testing abstract thinking skills in the areas of mathematics, vocabulary, and analytical writing. The GRE is typically a computer-based exam that is administered by select qualified testing centers; however, paper-based exams are offered in areas of the world that lack the technological requirements.

What is GRE 

Graduate Record Examinations

GRE is a test of general as well as specific skills and abilities that you have acquired over time.

GRE test scores are used by schools for their graduation program. The scores provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants and aid in evaluating grades and recommendations. GRE consists of two separate tests.

GRE General Test : All the candidates need to take this test

GRE Subject Tests : Some schools require candidates to take specific subject test for considering their admission for Graduation Program.

GRE General Test

 

The GRE General Test measures quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills which are not related to any specific field of study.

Computer Based General Test

Total testing time is up to 3 hours. The analytical writing section is always first. There are two sections for writing test.

·  Issue Topic: Two topics will be presented and one need to be selected.

·  Argument Topic: One topic will be presented. Candidates are not presented with choice in this section. The verbal and quantitative sections may appear in any order.

Section Average No Of Questions Time Allocated
Analytical Writing (Issue Topic) 1 45 min
Analytical Writing (Argument Topic) 1 30 min
Quantitative 28 45 min
Verbal 30 30 min

Apart from the above sections there can be two more sections.

·  An unidentified verbal or quantitative pretest section may be included and may appear in any order after the analytical writing section which is not counted as part of the total score.

·  At the end of the test an identified research section that is not scored may be included.

Paper Based General Test

Total testing time is up to 3 hours 45 minutes. The analytical writing section is always first. There are two sections for writing test.

·  Issue Topic: Two topics will be presented and one need to be selected.

·  Argument Topic: one topic will be presented. Candidates are not presented with choice in this section. The verbal and quantitative sections may appear in any order.

Section Average No Of Questions Time Allocated
Analytical Writing (Issue Topic) 1 45 min
Analytical Writing (Argument Topic) 1 30 min
Quantitative (2 Sections) 30/ section 30 min/ sectiom
Verbal (2 Sections) 38/section 30 min/ section

Apart from the above sections there can be one more section.

 

GRE® General Test Overview

What Is It?

The GRE® General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study.

Verbal Reasoning — The skills measured include the test taker’s ability to

  • analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it
  • analyze relationships among component parts of sentences
  • recognize relationships between words and concepts

Quantitative Reasoning — The skills measured include the test taker’s ability to

  • understand basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis
  • reason quantitatively
  • solve problems in a quantitative setting

Analytical Writing — The skills measured include the test taker’s ability to

  • articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
  • examine claims and accompanying evidence
  • support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
  • sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
  • control the elements of standard written English

Who Takes It and Why?

Prospective graduate applicants take the General Test. GRE® test scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement undergraduate records and other qualifications for graduate study. The scores provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants and aid in evaluating grades and recommendations.

Where Do People Take It?

The General Test is offered year-round at computer-based test centers in the U.S., Canada, and many other countries. It is offered at paper-based test centers in areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available. See which format is available in your area.

Who Accepts It?

Any accredited graduate, business or professional school, or any department or division within a school, may require or recommend that its applicants take the General Test, a Subject Test, or both. If approved by the GRE® Board, an institution seeking accreditation can also receive test takers’ scores.

Computer-Based General Test Content and Structure

The computer-based General Test is composed of Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing sections. In addition, one unidentified unscored section may be included, and this section can appear in any position in the test after the Analytical Writing Section. Questions in the unscored section are being tested for possible use in future tests, and answers will not count toward your scores.

Total testing time is up to three hours, not including the research section. The directions at the beginning of each section specify the total number of questions in the section and the time allowed for the section.

The Analytical Writing section is always first. For the Issue task, two topics will be presented and you will choose one. The Argument task does not present a choice of topics; instead, one topic will be presented.

The Verbal and Quantitative sections may appear in any order, including an unidentified unscored section. Treat each section presented during your test as if it counts.

Typical Computer-Based GRE® General Test

Section Number of Questions Time
Analytical Writing 1 Issue Task* 45 minutes
Analytical Writing 1 Argument Task* 30 minutes
Verbal 30 30 minutes
Quantitative 28 45 minutes
Unscored** Varies Varies
Research*** Varies Varies

* For the Issue task, two essay topics are presented and you choose one. The Argument task does not present a choice of topics; instead one topic is presented.
** 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.

Paper-Based General Test Content and Structure

The paper-based General Test is composed of Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing sections. In addition, one unidentified unscored section may be included, and this section can appear in any position in the test after the Analytical Writing Section. Questions in the unscored section are being tested for possible use in future tests, and answers will not count toward your scores.

Total testing time is up to 3 3/4 hours. The directions at the beginning of each section specify the total number of questions in the section and the time allowed for the section.

The Analytical Writing section is always first. For the Issue task, two topics will be presented and you will choose one. The Argument task does not present a choice of topics; instead one topic will be presented.

The Verbal and Quantitative sections may appear in any order, including an unidentified Verbal or Quantitative unscored section. Treat each section presented during your test as if it counts.

Typical Paper-Based General Test

Section Number of Questions Time
Analytical Writing 1 Issue Task* 45 minutes
Analytical Writing 1 Argument Task* 30 minutes
Verbal (2 sections) 38 per section 30 minutes per section
Quantitative (2 sections) 30 per section 30 minutes per section
Unscored** Varies 30 minutes

*For the Issue task, two essay topics will be presented and you will choose one. The Argument task does not present a choice of topics; instead, one topic will be presented.
** 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.

Modified Versions of Verbal and Quantitative Questions

The test you take may include questions that are modified versions of published questions or of questions you have already seen on an earlier section of the test. Some modifications are substantial; others are less apparent.

Thus, even if a question appears to be similar to a question you have already seen, it may in fact be a different question and may also have a different correct answer. You can be assured of doing your best on the test you take by paying careful attention to the wording of each question as it appears in your test.

The GRE Program is currently investigating the feasibility of reusing questions that have been published in GRE® practice materials. As part of that investigation, you may see questions from these materials on a test you take.

Fees for Tests and Related Services

 

EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2008, THROUGH JUNE 30, 2009
$140 General Test—U.S., U.S. Territories, and Puerto Rico
$195 General Test—China (including Hong Kong), Korea, and Taiwan. See Bulletin Supplement (PDF).
$170 General Test—All Other Locations
$ 25 Late Registration Fee
$ 50 Standby Testing (paper-based test only)
$ 50 Rescheduling Fee
$ 50 Changing Your Test Center
$ 12 Scores by phone
$ 20 Additional score report (ASR) requests–per recipient
$ 50 Question-and-Answer Review Service—Verbal & Quantitative Sections
$ 55 Score Review for Analytical Writing Measure
$ 30 Paper-Based Test Hand Scoring
$ 30 Score Reinstatement Fee

Fees are subject to change without notice. The above amounts are exclusive of any Value Added or similar taxes. Any tax is payable in addition to the amounts quoted.

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