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Graduate Records Examination

What Is A Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?

A standardized test, the Graduate Record Examination measures Verbal, Mathematical & Analytical (Analytical Writing and Critical Thinking) skills. The test intends to primarily aid Graduate Schools (of all fields other than business) to assess the potential of the applicants for advanced study. Most universities in the US/Canada, while inviting applications from prospective students, ask for GRE® scores.
The examination is entirely a Computer-based Test, and no two students get an identical set of questions. The test is scored on a maximum of 340. The GRE® Score alone cannot guarantee admission into a school – the test is only one of the major factors taken into consideration in the long process of an applicant getting admitted into a graduate school he/she desires.


    What Is Test Structure For GRE?

    The GRE test has three parts –
    •Verbal and
    •Analytical Writing Assessment.
    The following is the GRE test structure.

    What Is Test Structure For GRE?

    Verbal Section
    Scores Range
    130 - 170
    Types of Questions
    • Text completion Questions
    • Sentence Equivalence Questions
    • Reading Comprehension Questions.
    • NO Antonyms
    • NO Analogies
    Score Increments
    1 Point increments
    2 Sections
    Question per section
    Approximately 20
    Time Allocated
    30 Minute Per section, total will be 60 Minutes
    Quantitative Section
    Scores Range
    130 - 170
    Types of Questions
    • Multiple Choice questions
    - Select One answer Choice
    - Select One or more answer choices
    • Numeric Entry questions
    • Quantitative comparison Questions
    Score Increments
    1 Point increments
    2 Sections
    Question per section
    Approximately 20
    Time Allocated
    30 Minute Per section, total will be 70 Minutes
    Analytical Section
    Scores Range
    0 - 6
    Types of Questions
    2 Questions
    Score Increments
    0.5 Point increments
    1 Sections
    Question per section
    • 2 Questions or Tasks
    - One Analyze and issue task
    - One Analyze an Argument Task
    Time Allocated
    • 30 Minutes per task
    • Total 60 minutes for two tasks or questions

    ** An unidentified unscored section may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. It is not counted as part of your score.
    ***Since test takers have no definite way of knowing which section is experimental, it is typically advised that test takers try their best and be focused on every section. Sometimes an identified research section at the end of the test is given instead of the experimental section.
    *****For latest information about GRE, please refer the official website of GRE –

    What is the GRE Subject Tests?

    The GRE® Subject Tests are achievement tests that measure your knowledge of a particular field of study. The Subject Tests can help you stand out from other applicants by emphasizing your knowledge and skill level in one of these six disciplines:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Literature in English
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    The length of each exam is 170 minutes. Since 2013, C.S. followed by Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology have been discontinued.

    The Scoreselect® Option

    The ScoreSelect® option lets you decide which GRE® scores to send to the institutions you designate. When registering to take a GRE® Subject Test, you can choose not to report your scores when they are available OR you can select either option below:

    • Most Recent — Send your scores from the test administration for which you are currently registering.
    • All — Send your scores from all Subject Test administrations in the last five years.
    After test day, you can send additional score reports for a fee and select from these options for each report you’d like to send:
    • Most Recent — Send your scores from your most recent test date.
    • All — Send your scores from all test dates in the last five years.
    • Any — Send your scores from one OR as many test dates as you like from the last five years.
    The ScoreSelect option is available for both the GRE® General Test and GRE Subject Tests, and can be used by anyone with reportable scores from the last five years.

    What Is The Cost/Registration Fee For GRE?

    Your Official Score Report will be available to you within 20 calendar days of your GMAT exam. The registration charges for taking the GRE Exam is US $205.

    How Many Times Can I Take GRE?

    GRE can be taken unlimited number of times with a gap of at least 1 month between 2 tests.
    However, one can give the test only 5 times in a calendar year.


    The GMAT measures aptitude to succeed academically in post graduate business studies. Business schools commonly use the test as one of many selection criteria for admission into an MBA program. Since 2009, many business schools began accepting the GRE in lieu of a GMAT score. Policies varied widely for several years.
    As of the 2014–2015 admissions season, most business schools accept both tests equally. Either a GMAT score, or a GRE score, can be submitted for an application to an MBA program. Business schools also accept either score for their other (non-MBA) Master’s and PhD programs.

    What Is The Validity Of The GRE Exam?

    Your GRE score will be valid for 5 years after from the date the test was taken

    How Soon Do I Get My Score?

    You will see your score for the math’s and verbal section the moment you finish the exam but official scores (with scores for AWA) will take about 7-10 days to reach you.