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Guide to GRE to Take a Step Closer to Higher Studies Abroad

GRE has to be taken by aspirants of certain MBA, engineering and Masters courses abroad and the scores are valid for 5 years

Published by Shubhangi Pandey on 02-11-2015

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GRE tests your Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning


The score can be sent up to 4 universities free of cost


US had the highest volume of testing with 336,367 test takers


The GRE - Graduate Record Examination- is administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and is a multiple-choice test used by graduate schools for admission into their graduate and doctoral programs.  

Graduate Record Examination 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 GRE.

Prospective applicants interested in pursuing a Master’s or PhD degree, especially in USA, will be required to take this test. GRE is also increasingly being accepted by many universities for pursuing an MBA. GRE scores are used by institutes in addition to undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study. Colleges and universities in other countries also accept GRE scores for admissions.


The GRE General Test measures abilities in verbal, quantitative and analytical fields needed for graduate or business school. It is offered throughout the year and can be taken once every 21 days, up to five times within a continuous rolling 12-month period.


According to ETS, in 2013-14, the US had the highest volume of testing with 336,367 test takers. India and China follow with 85,489 and 42,098 candidates respectively.


Test Format

The GRE is a computer-adaptive test lasting for 3 hours 45 minutes. There are 6 sections:

a] Analytical Writing (One section with two separately timed tasks),

b] Verbal Reasoning (Two sections)


c] Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections)


The Analytical Writing section has one "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task. Both tasks are allotted 30 minutes each. Both the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning section have 20 questions each and are allotted 30 minutes and 35 minutes respectively.


Scores for both the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections are reported on a score scale between 130 and 170, in 1-point increments. The Analytical Writing score is reported on a 0–6 score scale, in half-point increments. Any section where no questions have been answered will be reported as a No Score (NS).


The test has 2 modes: paper based and computer based. In India, only the computer-based format is available. The scores of the test are valid for 5 years.


Test fees and registration

The current test fee is US $195. You can register for the test in the following ways:

Test registration is done online, through the ETS website, wherein you need to create a My GRE Account.

The score can be sent up to 4 universities free of cost at the time of GRE exam.  ETS charges US $ 27 per recipient for sending additional scores later.


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