What You Should Know Taking the GRE Exam?

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GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is a standardized test that is one of the admission requirements to most post-graduate courses in the United States and other countries across the world.

Name of the Exam: Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Level of Exam: International

Conducting Body: Educational Trust Service (ETS)

GRE Eligibility:  There is no specific eligibility criterion to apply for GRE tests. Aspirants can apply for GRE tests irrespective of qualifications and age. The test is designed for undergraduate students or undergraduate degree holders that are interested in pursuing graduate education. A good knowledge of English is the only presumed prerequisite to appear for the GRE.  However, GRE test scores alone are not enough to gain admission to graduate schools—you will be required to fulfill other eligibility requirements as specified by the University/College for the program.

GRE Subject Tests

GRE Subject Tests allow the universities to gauze the student’s knowledge about their subject of interest. This is extremely helpful as students applying for programs in these colleges come from diverse educational backgrounds belonging to different countries. GRE Subject Tests can be used a common platform to compare knowledge and skills of candidates seeking admission.

The GRE Subject Test scores supplement recommendation letters, undergraduate records and add to other qualifications required for graduate level study in reputed institutions.  GRE Subject Test scores  give the admission panel an idea about applicant’s knowledge of specific subjects, thereby showcasing the student’s strength in specific subject areas.  GRE Subject Tests are available in following disciplines:

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Literature in English 

GRE Test format and timings

The GRE General Test analyzes skills learnt by the applicant over a period of time. It contains three sections – Verbal Reasoning, Analytical Writing and Quantitative Reasoning. The Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning parts have two sections each of 20 questions while Analytical writing section requires the candidate to write two essays.  The candidate gets 30 minutes for each section in Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning and 35 minutes for writing each essay.

The GRE Subjects Tests are delivered in paper format.  There are no separate timed sections and the candidate is required to complete the subject tests in 2 hours and 50 minutes.

GRE marking system:

GRE Subject Tests are scored on a 200-990 score scale in 10-point increments. The sub-scores for subjects are reported on a smaller scale – 20 to 99 score scale in one-point increments.  The marking system for GRE revised General Test is bit different. The Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections scores are given in a 130–170 score scale in one –point increments while the Analytical writing section score is given in a 0–6 score scale in ½ point increments.  GRE Test Scores are valid for 5 years.

The ScoreSelect option introduced in GRE allows candidates to send selective scores of any or all GRE exams to the educational institution.  This way the candidate gets an opportunity to send the best GRE scores to strengthen the admission application.  There is no mention of candidate appearing for other GRE exams when sending scores to educational institution.

How to register for GRE exam?

You can register for GRE exam in four ways – Online, Mail, Phone, and Fax.  To register for GRE exam online, you will be required to create “My GRE Account” on the official GRE website. Once created, your “My GRE Account” can be used to register for the exam and also to check your exam scores.

GRE Exam Schedule

The GRE Computer Adaptive General Test is administered throughout the year, on a rolling basis. The GRE Subject Tests are conducted three times a year in month of September, October, and April.

GRE Fees

The standard administration fee for GRE test is $150. The late registration fee (applicable for online admissions only) is $25.   A standard $50 fee is charged for changing your GRE test center, rescheduling GRE, Standby testing or changing your GRE subject.

How many times I can attempt GRE exam?

You can take GRE exam once in a calendar month but not more than 5 times in a year.

GRE Results

The candidate gets an email notification about the scores in GRE tests. The scores are generally available 10-15 days after examination. GRE scores are also sent to the educational institution applied by the candidate.

Website: http://www.ets.org/gre