GRE – Graduate Record Examination

GRE Exam

GRE Exam – The Graduate Record Examination is a Standardized test that measures verbal, mathematical and analytical skills. It is taken to help the graduate schools except business schools to assess the potential of prospective applicants from all over the world for advanced study in nearly 2300 universities in the US.

However GRE Test is only one of several parameters which the graduate schools look at to determine the selection of an applicant. A high score alone does not guarantee an admission offer from a great school. But the test can be looked upon as the first major hurdle to be cleared in the process of getting admission into a Graduate school of one’s choice

GRE Test Eligibility Aspiring candidate should be atleast +2 or equivalent to take this test.

Why GRE Test is taken? Prospective graduate applicants take the General Test. GRE test scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement undergraduate records and other qualifications for graduate study. The scores provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants and aid in evaluating grades and recommendations.

Types of GRE Test GRE is of two types

  1. GRE General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking and analytical writing skills.1672
  2. GRE Subject Test gauges undergraduate achievement in 8 specific fields of study.

GRE Test Syllabus The main contents of the syllabus of the GRE test are:

Verbal Reasoning Section comprises 

  • 6 Sentence Completion questions
  • 7 Analogy questions,
  • 8 Reading Comprehension questions and
  • 9 Antonym questions.

Quantitative Reasoning Section comprises 

  • 14 problem solving questions while the other
  • 14 quantitative comparison questions.
  • Some Data analysis questions also a part of this section.

The first two sections of the GRE test are Analytical Writing sections. The duration of the two tasks to be completed as part of the Analytical Writing section lasts 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes).

The objective type questions in the GRE test starts from the third section. The third section is a 30 minutes – 30 questions verbal section and the fourth section is a 45 minutes – 28 questions Quantitative section.

The GRE Verbal section comprises about 6 Sentence Completion questions, 7 Analogy questions, 8 Reading Comprehension questions and 9 Antonym questions. You will have 30 minutes to answer these 30 questions. Please remember as GRE is a computer adaptive test, you will not be allowed to skip a question or come back to the previous question. Take a lot of care before you mark an answer.

The GRE Quantitative section comprises 28 questions. About 14 of these questions are problem solving questions while the other 14 are quantitative comparison questions. Data analysis questions also form a part of the quantitative section of the GRE test. You will have a total of 45 minutes to answer these 28 questions.

GRE Analytical Writing Ability

This section replaced the multiple choice Analytical Reasoning section.  It tests the ability to analyze issues as well as the writing ability through 2 essays. Watch this space for forthcoming material on preparing for these essays.

Following are some writing sample statements:

Analytical Writing Ability Section comprises

  • 2 essays

GRE Test Pattern

GRE Test is an entirely Computer based test. The test is scored out of 1600 (in multiples of 10). It consists of questions from:

Section No of Questions Timming
Verbal section 30 30 mins
Quantitative Section  28 45 mins
Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Analysis of an Issue Analysis of an Argument 45 mins

30 mins

Note: GRE is a computer adaptive test, you will not be allowed to skip a question or come back to the previous question. Take a lot of care before you mark an answer. Your performance on previous questions determines which question you’ll be asked next.

What is the purpose of GRE Test?

The scores provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants and aid in evaluating grades and recommendations.

Where it is taken and for how many times it is taken in a year?

The General Test is offered year-round at computer-based test centers in the U.S., Canada, and many other countries. It is offered at paper-based test centres in areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available.

GRE Test Centre’s in India In India, there are 9 GRE Test Centers whose addresses are given below. To register for the test one can contact regional registration centre situated at Gurgaon in Haryana

Prometric Testing Private Limited 2nd Floor DFL Infinity Tower – A Sector 25, Phase ll DFL City Guraon Haryana 122002 India Tel: 91 – 124 – 4147700 Fax: 91 – 124 – 4147773

GRE Test Centres in India

Prometric Testing (P) Ltd. 301-302, Abhijeet-II, Mitha Kali, 6 Road, Ellisbridge, Ahmedabad

Prometric Testing (P) Ltd. 119/25A, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Civil Lines, Allahabad – 211001

Prometric Testing (P) Ltd. Maini Sadan, 1st Floor, No 38 Lavelle Road, 7th Cross, Bangalore – 560001

Prometric Testing (P) Ltd. Flat 1/C, 1st Floor, Sukh Sagar Bldg, Sarat Bose Road,Calcutta – 700020

Prometric Testing (P) Ltd. No 15, 2nd Floor, Romar House, Jagannathan Road, Nugambakkam, Chennai – 600034

Prometric Testing (P) Ltd. Avenue 1, Street 20, Plot , Road 12, Banjara Hills Hyderabad – 500034

Prometric Testing (P) Ltd. Marwah House, Saki Vihar Road, Saki Naka, Andheri (E) Mumbai – 400072

Prometric Testing (P) Ltd. PTC Towers, 2nd Floor, SS Coil Road, Thampanoor, Trivandrum – 695001

How to register for the GRE Test?

One can register for the GRE test by any one of the following given modes

Registering by Phone: You may call up Prometric Delhi office until 12:00 noon to register. Make sure to call at least THREE BUSINESS DAYS before the test date.

Registering Online: You may now also register only from the GRE site:

Registering by Fax: If registering by fax, you must send your fax at lest SEVEN DAYS prior to your first choice of a test day.

Registering by Mail/Courier: Fill in the form, get the draft made (if you are not paying by credit card), and submit these to the Prometric Centre at New Delhi either by hand or by registered post/courier. You must send the documents at least THREE WEEKS before your choice of a test day. On receipt of your documents, an appointment will be scheduled for you to test at the Prometric Center. Confirmation of the date, time and location of the appointment will be sent to you. If you do not receive confirmation at least THREE business days before your first choice of test day, please call the Prometric office to verify your appointment.

GRE Test Fees

 $140*  General Test—U.S., U.S. Territories, and Puerto Rico
 $195*  General Test—China (including Hong Kong), Korea, and Taiwan.
 $170*  General Test—All Other Locations
 $25  Late Registration Fee
 $50  Standby Testing (paper-based test only)
 $50  Rescheduling Fee
 $50  Changing Your Test Center
 $12  Scores by phone
 $20  Additional score report (ASR) requests–per recipient
 $50  Question-and-Answer Review Service—Verbal & Quantitative Sections
 $55  Score Review for Analytical Writing Measure
 $30  Paper-Based Test Hand Scoring
 $30  Score Reinstatement Fe

Fees are subject to change without notice. The above amounts are exclusive of any Value Added or similar taxes. Any tax is payable in addition to the amounts quoted.

Mode of payment for GRE Test? Preferred Forms of Payment for Computer-based Tests

  • Credit Card (American Express®, Discover®, JCB®, MasterCard®, and VISA®)
  • Money Order/Certified Check/Voucher

Preferred Forms of Payment for Paper-based Tests:

  • Credit Card (American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, and VISA)
  • Money Order/Certified Check/Voucher
  • UNESCO Coupons
  • Western Union® Quick PaySM – when completing the form, use the following under “Pay To:” Company Name: Educational Testing Service; Company Code: GREPROGRAM NJ; Country: USA. Include your original Western Union Quick Pay Receipt with your form. Copies or facsimiles WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED as valid payment.

Other Forms of Payment:

  1. Payments are not acceptable by cash.
  2. Payments may also be made by check. Make payable to ETS®-GRE®.New bank account starter checks missing the preprinted name and address are not acceptable.
  3. Payments that are not made in U.S. dollars must be made in the following acceptable currencies at the Telegraphic Transfer Selling (TTS) exchange rate of the U.S. dollar equivalent.
  • Australian dollar
  • British pound
  • Canadian dollar
  • Danish kroner
  • Euro
  • Hong Kong dollar
  • Japanese yen
  • New Zealand dollar
  • Norwegian kroner
  • Singapore dollar
  • Swedish kroner
  • Swiss franc

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