GRE: Graduate Record Examination
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is administered by the 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).
Commencement of Exam
Computer-based GRE Revised General Test is given year round at computer-based test centres. Appointments are scheduled on a first come first serve basis.
You can take the GRE Revised General Test (Computer based test and paper based test) once in every 60 days and not more than five times within 12 months period. If you choose to take only the paper based GRE Revised General Test, you may take it as often as it is offered.
Eligibility Criteria for GRE
- 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.
- Most US Universities have made it mandatory for a student to complete 16 years of education for admission to Science and Engineering programs.
Application Procedure for GRE
There are four ways to apply for GRE:
- 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.
- You need to have a “My GRE Account” to register online.
- You can’t register online if you need a fee reduction, testing accommodation.
- You can register on: https://mygre.ets.org/greweb/login/login.jsp
- 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 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.
Subject Tests for United States, U.S Territories and Puerto Rico – USD$140
For other locations including India – USD$160 (Rs. 7,615.20)
Types of GRE
Types of Graduate Record Examination Test
- Revised General Test
- GRE Subject Tests
Revised General Test consists of 3 sections:
- Verbal reasoning (130-170)
- Quantitative Reasoning (130-170)
- Analytical Writing (0-6) in half point increments
Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, it also analyzes the relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.
Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
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:
- GRE Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Subject Test- 180 Questions
- GRE Biology Subject Test- 200 Questions
- GRE Chemistry Subject Test- 130 Questions
- GRE Computer Science Subject Test – 70 Questions
- GRE Literature in English Subject Test- 230 Questions
- GRE Mathematics Subject Test- 66 Questions
- GRE Physics Subject Test- 100 Questions
- GRE Psychology Subject Test- 205 Questions
Format of Exam
The GRE consists of three main sections
- Verbal Reasoning: 30 Minutes/30 Questions
- Quantitative Reasoning: 40 Minutes/28 Questions
- Analytical Writing
- 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 scores scored separately on a scale of 0-6 based on the overall impact of the essays written by the student.
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.
Test Centers and Dates
Computer-delivered GRE® revised General Test
- Click the below link to view test centers, test dates and seat availability.
Note that if you would like to register to test, you will need to create or sign in to your My GRE® Account.
- The computer-delivered GRE® revised General Test is offered year-round at Prometric™ test centers, and also on specific dates at additional testing locations outside of the Prometric test center network. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
- When selecting a test date, make sure your scores will be reported in time for your application deadlines. For computer-delivered tests, scores reports are sent to your designated score recipients approximately 10–15 days after your test date. Please allow time for delivery of scores and processing by the institution.
- You can take the computer-delivered GRE revised General Test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days). This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously. You may take the paper-delivered GRE revised General Test as often as it is offered.
- Click here to see list of computer-delivered test centers (does not show test dates or seat availability) (PDF). www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/gre_cbt_dom_intl_rrc_china_etc.pdf
- Paper-delivered GRE revised General Test
- Click the below link to view test centers, test dates and seat availability.
- See test dates, deadlines and score reporting dates below. All dates shown are (MM/DD/YY). All deadlines are registration receipt dates at ETS.
- When selecting a test date, make sure your scores will be reported in time for your application deadlines. For paper-delivered tests, scores reports are sent to the score recipients you designate according to the approximate score report mailing dates listed below. Please allow time for delivery of scores and processing by the institution.
- You can take the computer delivered GRE revised General Test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days). This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously. You may take the paper-delivered GRE revised General Test as often as it is offered.
Note: All deadlines below are registration receipt dates at ETS. All dates shown are (MM/DD/YY).
Supplementary Test Center and Monday Administration Deadline2
Approx. Score Report Mailing Date
- Late registration is available for online registration only for a fee of US$25.
- Monday test dates will be October 20, 2014, November 10, 2014 and February 9, 2015.
- Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business
- Columbia Business School
- Harvard Business School
- MIT Sloan
- Stephen M. Ross School of Business
- Yale School of Management
- London Business School, U.K
- IMD Switzerland
- University of Chicago, U.S.A