Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
GRE refers to the Graduate Record Examinations. It is a standardized test
which is essential for the admission in graduate and business schools across the
world. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) monitors the GRE which was established
in 1949. This test is available in about 160 countries and have approximately 700
The GRE test is conducted in two forms that include the computer-based test and
the paper-based test. The paper-based test is taken in the countries or regions
where there is no facility of computer-based test and in the other countries, the
computer-based test is taken.
GRE test is available throughout the year on a continuous basis. This test comprises
of three sections, that include the verbal reasoning section, quantitative reasoning
section, and analytical writing skills section. These sections are briefly described
Why there is a need for GRE test?
- Verbal Reasoning: It contains three kinds of questions such as reading comprehension,
text completion, and sentence equivalence. Test-takers have 30 minutes to complete
- Quantitative Reasoning: It contains four kinds of questions such as quantitative
comparison questions, multiple choice questions (to select 1 answer choice), multiple
choice questions (to select 1 or more answer choices), and numeric entry questions.
Candidates have 35 minutes for this section.
- Analytical Writing skills: It contains two types of analytical writing tasks that
are Analyze an Issue task and Analyze an Argument task. The first one which is Analyze
an Issue task includes expressing your views about a general topic in the writing
form. On the other hand, Analyze an Argument task includes expressing your evaluation
regarding the arguments in writing. There are 30 minutes allocated for each of these
two types of analytical writing tasks. Therefore, the test-takers have overall 60
minutes to finish this section.
GRE test is essential for getting admission in the various graduation or post graduation
universities or colleges. Moreover, if you score good marks in the GRE exam, you
can avail the scholarship from your university or college. Not only this, there
may be possibility that your admission fees will be waived completely.
Eligibility criteria for GRE
Anyone can apply for the Graduate Record Examinations exam without any age limitations.
Also, there are no differences on the basis of specific caste, or creed. Although,
the candidate should have the good academic record.
Fee structure for GRE
The worldwide fees for the GRE test is U.S. $ 175. This is the one time scheduling
fees for the GRE. However, there are additional charges for special handling requests
- If you don’t submit fees on time, you have to give the late registration fee of
$25 along with the registration fees.
- If you reschedule the exam, you have to submit $50 more.
- If you want to change your test center, then too, you will have to deposit $50.
Remember, the fees must be in U.S. dollars only.
GRE Test Structure
GRE consists of four sections - Writing section, Quantitative section, Verbal section
and Experimental section. The test duration is 4 hours. Verbal, quantitative, and
experimental section consists of multiple choice questions.
Analytical Writing Assessment
Analytical writing assessment consists of writing two essays, one to analyze an
arguement and second to analyze an issue. 30 minutes are given to write each essay.
Examiners mark each essay with grade from 0 to 6. This test is taken on computer
with limited functionalities(eg. no spell checker on computer).
Duration - 1 hour.
Quantitative section consists of 28 multiple questions. The typical format for this
section is: 14 quantitative questions, 10 descrete quantitative questions, and 4
data interpretation questions. The grade scale for this section is 200-800.
Duration - 45 minutes.
Verbal section consists of 30 multiple choice questions which are of 3 types: sentence
analogies, completions, and reading comprehension passages. The grade scale for
this section is 200-800.
Duration - 45 minutes
Experimental section does not add to the score of an examinee. It can be either
verbal, qantitative or anaytical writitg. It is unidentified from the user. It contains
new type of questions which ETS can add to GRE in future.
A number of preparation strategies need to be followed to get success in the GRE
exam. Here are some important tips that you should opt for the preparation of your
- Make a study plan and divide your time equally among the different sections. Practice
each section individually and also along with the other sections.
- Don’t rush and study in an organized manner. A human brain is able to study continuously
for 90 minutes, therefore, always take a break after 90 minutes for effectiveness
- Purchase an English dictionary and learn approximately ten to twenty new words every
- You can join the professional preparation course for the GRE.
- Take complete rest on the night before your exam.
- Eat light and healthy food items before your exam.
- In the exam, answer each question carefully and don’t get nervous if you don’t know
the answer of a question. Instead, try your best to answer that question at that
time or do it in the end because your nervousness can affect the other questions
- Don’t bring anything that is not permitted in the examination hall.
- Always read the instructions given in the call letter of your GRE exam.
Our good wishes are with you. Go and crack the GRE exam!
Free Mock Tests
FREE GRE MOCK TESTS
Preparation is the most important part of an exam. Without good preparation, you
cannot score well in your test or exam. A student has to put a lot of effort and
time in the preparation of the exam. The same is true in the case of GRE exam, one
needs to be perfect in all the three sections of the exam.
If you are planning to give the exam after one year, it’s better that you start
your study now because the more you practice, there will be greater chances for
you to appear in the merit. However, it’s not only the preparation time that matters,
but also your grasping power that must be strong enough to attain the best result.
We have especially provided a mock test link here for the aspiring students. This
is a sample test issued by the administering authority of GRE.
Download the mock test for practice by clicking the link below :
is another very good source for practicing GRE mock tests.
You can avail more GRE mock tests after registeration of the GRE exam.
Upcoming Dates for GRE
The GRE exam is taken in two formats that include the paper-based GRE test and the
computer-based GRE test. Both the tests are available on different dates at different
locations. These tests can be taken only once every 30 days and not more than 5
times within any continuous rolling period of 12 months. This rule is also valid
in case you cancel the scores of your previous test(s). Here is the explanation
for each of the paper-based and computer-based test along with the exam dates:
- Paper-Based Test: It is taken at the locations where the computer-based testing
is not available. The dates for 2013 paper-based tests in various countries (including india) are:
Regular Registration Date for above exam is 28 December 2012.
Late Registration Deadline 04 January 2013.
Scores can be viewed online and checked by phone by 11 March 2013.
- Computer-Based Test: It is taken in countries such as Mainland China, Hong
Kong, Taiwan, and Korea. The exam takes place from one to three times per month
in these regions. The dates for 2013 computer-based tests in these countries are:
The students who have decided to take the test can register for the GRE exam online.
This way, you will also be able to know the center of your exam.
Checklist Before Exam
GRE test is the admission test that lakhs of students take to enhance their careers.
As the GRE exam draws nearer, the students usually feel anxious and sometimes the
stress cause too much of restlessness that it becomes difficult to memorize things
at that time. Therefore, it is better to know before the test that what things are
required during the exam.
Here is a quick checklist that helps you to take care of the various factors:
- Carry your original Identity proof along with you. You have to show anyone ID proof
like Passport, Military card, National ID card, State or Province ID card, or Driver’s
License. Therefore, keep your ID proof at a separate place such that you can find
it on time. Don’t go without your ID proof because you will not be allowed to take
- Bring the hard copy of your admission ticket to the examination hall on the exam
day. You will get this ticket after you register yourself for the GRE exam. This
ticket contains information like the candidate’s name, exam center, exam date, and
the exam type. Make sure that your name and other personal details will be same
as mentioned on your ID card.
- If you choose the paper-based exam type, remember to carry at least two HB pencils,
an eraser, and sharpener for your exam.
- If your exam is in the morning session, then, don’t study late at night and sleep
on time. This is because it can result in anxiety that can cause headache, frustration,
and panic. Also, for the afternoon shifts, don’t study immediately before the exam.
- Review all the topics in brief and also revise the questions that seems tough to
you. This will increase your confidence level.
- Create a list of the universities or colleges (before the exam) to which you would
like to receive your GRE exam scores. You will be asked to fill the name of four
universities or colleges after your exam.
- Visit your exam center the day before your exam as this will give you an estimate
of the time you will need to reach the center. It is better to leave early because
you might face the traffic problem and if you arrive late, your time will get wasted
and you won’t be able to complete your test on time.
- Do not panic and calmly perform each task related to your exam.
Students, you should follow the above mentioned tips because this GRE checklist
can help you win the day!
Application Form Download
If you want to apply for the GRE exam, then, you need to register yourself. You
can register online for the paper-based test or the computer-based test. The payment
for the test can be made through a valid credit or debit card. However, the test-takers
with the following issues don’t have the facility of online registration:
- Health related problems or disabilities.
- Requirement for Accommodation, Monday testing, or Standby testing.
- Reduction in exam fee.
- Students who live in Nigeria.
Therefore, these test-takers can apply via mail only. Other test-takers can register
via phone, mail, web, or fax. All the candidates must check the fee structure before
the registration process.
It is also recommended to read the reschedule and cancellation policies.
Here is a link to register for the GRE exam. The candidates have to create a GRE
account for registration.
Note :The test-taker cannot transfer his/her registration to another person.
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