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The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a Standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most graduate schools in the United States Created and administered by Education testing services (ETS) . The exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based exam administered at prometric testing centers. The cost to take the test is US $ 195.

Duration: About 3 hours and 45 minutes (includes 1-minute breaks after each section and a 10-minute break after third section).

Score range: Analytical writing: 0.0 to 6.0 (in 0.5 point increments),
                       Verbal reasoning: 130 to 170 (in 1 point increments),
                       Quantitative reasoning: 130 to 170 (in 1 point increments).

Score validity: 5 years

Types of test offered: Computer-based test: Multiple times a year (depends on availability of the test center).
                                      Paper-based test: Up to 3 times a year in October, November and February.

Restrictions on attempts: Computer-based test: Can be taken only once after 21 days from the day of exam in every year.                                                (Applies even if candidate cancels scores on a test taken previously.)
                                              Paper-based test: Can be taken as often as it is offered.

Countries /Regions: About 700 test centers in more than 160 countries.
                                  (Paper-based test offered only in areas where computer-based testing is not available.)

The GRE revised General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you'll do in graduate or business school.

  • Verbal Reasoning — Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.

  • Quantitative reasoning — Measures problem-solving ability using basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.

  • Analytical Writing — Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.

Who Takes It?

  • Prospective graduate and business school applicants from all around the world who are interested in pursuing a master's, MBA, specialized master's in business or doctoral degree take the GRE revised General Test. Applicants come from varying educational and cultural backgrounds and the GRE revised General Test provides schools with a common measure for comparing candidates' qualifications.

  • GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study.

When and Where Do People Take It?

  •  The GRE revised General Test is available at more than 1,000 test centers in more than 160 countries. In most regions of the world, the computer-delivered test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year. In Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea, the computer-delivered test is available one to three times per month. In areas of the world where computer-delivered testing is not available, the paper-delivered test is available up to three times a year in October, November and February.

When and Where Do People Take It?

The overall testing time for the computer-delivered GRE® revised General Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.

Structure of the Computer-delivered Test

Measure Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing(One section with two separately timed tasks) One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task 30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning(Two sections) 20 questions per section 30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning(Two sections) 20 questions per section 35 minutes per section
Unscored Varies Varies
Measure Number of Questions Allotted Time
Research Varies Varies

Paper-delivered GRE® revised General Test Content and Structure

The overall testing time for the paper-delivered GRE® revised General Test is about three hours and 30 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the second section.

Paper-delivered GRE® revised General Test Content and Structure

Measure Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing(One section with two separately timed tasks) Section 1: "Analyze an Issue" task Section 2: "Analyze an Argument" task 30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning(Two sections) 25 questions per section 35 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning(Two sections) 25 questions per section 40 minutes per section

The Analytical Writing sections will always be first, while the other four sections may appear in any order.

Getting Ready

Just knowing you have the option to decide which GRE scores to send to institutions should give you added confidence the first time you take the test. However, if you decide you want to take a GRE test again, that's okay. You can do so once in 21 days , up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period, depending on test center availability.

           

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