Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standard aptitude test designed and developed by Educational Testing Service (ETS) for evaluating candidates for various graduate and business programs in educational institutions. Graduate Record Examination GRE® revised General Test is widely accepted in all parts of the world. The GRE revised General Test replaced the GRE® General Test. Candidates who take GRE test are measured on the basis of verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing skills.
GRE also has subject specific tests, which only concentrates on a single subject. These GRE subject tests are offered in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Literature, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology.
|Measure||Number of Questions||Duration|
(One section with two separately timed tasks)
|One “Analyze an Issue” task and
one “Analyze an Argument” task
|30 minutes per task|
|20 questions per section||30 minutes per section|
|20 questions per section||35 minutes per section|
Purpose of Examination
GRE General Test helps in providing the graduate schools with students who are measured on a common system but are from variety of educational backgrounds.
New Test Features
The GRE revised General Test design features advanced technology that allows a student to freely move forward and backward within a section. Specific features include:
• Preview and review capabilities within a section
• A “mark and review” feature to tag questions, so a student can skip these and return to them later
• The ability to change/edit answers within a section
• An on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section
• New answer formats, including tasks such as numeric entry and highlighting a sentence in a passage to answer a question
Scores for GRE revised General Test
|Verbal Reasoning||130 – 170, in 1 point increments||150|
|Quantitative Reasoning||130 – 170, in 1 point increments||152|
|Analytical Writing||0 – 6, in half point increments||3.6|
Validity of GRE Exam
The score is valid for five years; however most of the universities insist on a GRE score not more than 2-3 years old.
GRE Exam Fees
GRE General Test fee is $205 (approximately between Rs. 13,500 to Rs. 14,500)
GRE Subject Test costs $150 (approximately between Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 11,000)