An Ultimate Guide To GRE : The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need

Gear up all MS and MBA aspirants because GRE will take you one step ahead of your success.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is taken by students seeking admission into MS, MBA and other PG programs. Over 6.75 lakh students take GRE from about 230 countries every year. GRE went through many changes and is now called GRE General Test. It is a smart move to showcase your exceptional talents and make your academic qualifications stand unique among all. The examination is conducted by ETS (Educational Testing Services).

So what’s the wait? Let’s get started!

Why take GRE?

  1. Students are required to take GRE if they are applying to graduate schools in order to pursue MS or MBA.
  2. Many universities in the US and other foreign countries take the GRE scores into account.
  3. It acts as a supplement to the student’s academic performance.
  4. It is a standardized test which evaluates student verbal, mathematical and analytical skills.

Note: Students can also take GRE Subject Test to showcase their knowledge in a particular area or subject. Through this test, a students subject test and skill-level stands out and can be the highlighting point in the application form. The subject test is for those students who have a bachelor’s degree in that particular discipline. The subject tests are offered in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Literature, Psychology and Physics.

Let’s now dive in into the crux of GRE

Exam information

Knowing exam information prior its attempt is beneficial because it makes students prepared and will also make them concentrate on the minute details of the examination.

  1. It is a computer-based test and the design is user-friendly for students.
  2. The fee for GRE General Test is $205, which is roughly around INR 13,500 to 14,500. GRE Subject Test costs $150, which is roughly around INR 10,000 to 11,000.
  3. Students can either opt for computer-based GRE or paper-based GRE.
  4. GRE is conducted three times a year in the months of October, November and February.

Now let’s peek into the Numero Uno of GRE

Exam pattern of computer-based GRE

Knowing the test pattern will make students aware and they can also prepare for the test accordingly. So let us know the core of test pattern.

  1. The test is split up into 6 sections
  2. Analytical Writing: This is the first section which consists of two tasks. The first task is to ‘Analyze an Issue’ and the second task is to ‘Analyze an Argument’. The time assigned for each task is 30 minutes. This section tests the student’s ability to dissect arguments, analyse facts, judge the presented evidence and also gives students a chance to put forth their views in the most convincing and structured manner.
  3. Verbal Reasoning: Verbal reasoning consists of two sections and there are 20 questions per section. The time allowed for each section is 30 minutes. This section is tricky for non-native English speakers because it checks the student’s capacity to understand the content author’s intentions and perspectives.
  4. Quantitative Reasoning: Quantitative Reasoning also consists of two sections and there are 20 questions per section. The time allowed for each section is 35 minutes. This section tests the student’s knowledge of numbers and quantitative data. The students will have to understand the problem and use mathematical formulas and models to solve them. The icebreaker over here is that students can use a calculator.
  5. The unidentified unscored section and the identified research section scores are not included in the GRE General Test scores. If included, the research section will appear at the end of the test
  6. The overall testing time sums up to 3 hours and 45 minutes and has a 10-minute break after the third section.
  7. The first section always consists of Analytical Writing section and the rest sections can appear in any order.

Exam pattern of paper-based GRE

  1. The test has six sections and the overall time is 3 hours and 30 minutes. 10 minutes break is given after the second section.
  2. The Analytical Writing consists of two sections i.e. ‘Analyze an Issue’ task and ‘Analyze an Argument’ task. Each section is allowed 30 minutes.
  3. Verbal Reasoning consists of two sections and has 25 questions per section. The time allowed for each section is 35 minutes.
  4. Quantitative Reasoning consists of two sections and has 25 questions per section. The time allowed for each section is 40 minutes.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Anyone can appear for the exam, irrespective of qualification or age.
  2. It is mandatory to show your original passport (no photocopies) as proof of identity at the exam centre. So make sure that before you register for the GRE exam, you should have a valid passport.
  3. However, the universities that accept GRE might set up some eligibility criteria and they might have a minimum age, experience and qualification requirements for each of their programs.

Hold your Horses because below are the key highlights which will tell you the vital points of GRE.

Key Highlights

  1. The test is conducted throughout the year but except on Sunday and a national holiday.
  2. The score of GRE is valid up to 5 years but the universities prefer the scores of last 3 years.
  3. GRE scores can be sent to 4 universities for free of cost.
  4. The GRE revised General Test allows the students of preview and review capabilities within a section, i.e. the students can skip a question and then return back to the question if there is any remaining time.
  5. The students can change and edit the answers in a section.
  6. There is an on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section.
  7. You can either opt for self-study or good-coaching classes which will make sure that you will ace the exam.

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