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The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is gateway to admission in Graduate Programmes in United States. Most of Graduate and Business schools use GRE score to evaluate your readiness for graduate level work

If you are planning for higher studies in US , you can either choose Universities to apply to, choose a date to take GRE test and start preparing for it. Around 600,000 persons from 230 countries take GRE test. The student can register for the GRE Exam online in the www.gre.org web site or by calling the 800 number given in the Information and Registration Bulletin. GRE is conducted by educational testing service(ETS)

There are two versions of GRE test:

    * GRE General Test, and
    * GRE Subject Test.

GRE General Test

This test is open to all candidates, irrespective of their age or educational background. Generally taken by prospective graduate students, this test measures verbal reasoning, analytical writing, critical writing and quantitative reasoning skills of a candidate.


GRE Subject Test

This version of GRE exam assesses candidates’ knowledge level and accomplishments in a specific field of study. Unlike the GRE General test, this test is available only thrice in a year and can be taken only as the paper-based test.

The scores of this test are often required for doctoral programmes in the US, though some universities require the GRE Subject test scores for Masters-level programmes too.

The eight subjects in which the GRE subject test is presently conducted are:

    * Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology,
    * Biology,
    * Chemistry,
    * Computer Science,
    * English Literature,
    * Mathematics,
    * Physics, and
    * Psychology.

GRE General Test   

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.

Analytical Writing - Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically the test taker’s ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively

Verbal Reasoning
- Measures reading comprehension skills and verbal and analogical reasoning skills, focusing on the test taker’s ability to analyze and evaluate written material

Quantitative Reasoning
- Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis

The GRE Test can be taken in paper format or on computers


GRE Computer based Test Sections are


Section   Number of Questions   Time
Analytical Writing  Issue Task (Choose one of the two essay topics)  45 minutes
Analytical Writing  Argument Task (one task) 30 minutes
Verbal  30 30 minutes
Quantitative  28 45 minutes
Unscored section Varies Varies
Research  Varies Varies



GRE Paper Based Test Sections are


Section   Number of Questions   Time 
Analytical Writing  Issue Task (Choose one of the two essay topics)  45 minutes
Analytical Writing  Argument Task (one task) 30 minutes
Verbal (2 sections)  38 per section  60 minutes per section
Quantitative (2sections)  30 per section  60 minutes per section
Unscored section Varies 30 minutes

GRE Exam Eligibility

It seems that there is no defined eligibility for GRE Exam. But as you are going to pursue Graduate Programmes in US, the minimum eligibility as defined by respective Graduate or Business schools will be  atleast required to enable these institutions to consider your GRE Score. Usually most of these institutions would require undergraduate degree from any recognised university

In addition you would require a valid passport to visit US or any other country


GRE Exam Dates and Schedule

The GRE General Test is given year-round at computer-based test centers in the United States, Canada and many other countries.
Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
You may take the GRE General Test (computer-based or paper-based) only once per calendar month, and no more than five times within any 12-month period. This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously.

Usually September to December are busiest months and as such it is advisable to book your test dates two to three months  in advance


Kindly Note : The information provided here is just indicative information and is provided on “as is” and “as available” basis . We make no claims on accuracy and reliability of the information. For correct/current information kindly contact concerned college/institution/authorities

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