About the GRE

What Is The GRE?

The GRE is a widely accepted admissions test for graduate and business schools. While the GRE is not subject-specific, there also seven GRE Subject Tests that assess knowledge in specific areas. The GRE consists of questions that are geared towards testing a candidate’s potential to undertake graduate-level work. The test is available both in computer-based and paper-based format.

How Is The GRE Structured?

The questions fall into one of three broader sections. The sections are not related to a particular field of study. Rather, they aim to test knowledge broadly. The different sections are:

  • Verbal Reasoning — Measures the ability to analyse and evaluate written materials and texts
  • Quantitative Reasoning — Measures the ability to understand, interpret, and analyse quantitative information and to apply mathematical skills and concepts
  • Analytical Writing — Measures critical and analytical writing skills, in particular the ability to articulate and support complex concepts in a clear and effective manner

How Is The GRE Scored?

The test’s Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections are scored on a scale of 130–170 and in 1-point increments. The Analytical Writing section is graded on a scale of 0-6, in half-point increments. Importantly, both the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections are “section-level adaptive.” Based on the test-taker’s individual performance on the first section, the computer software will select the level of difficulty of the second section.

Where and When Can I Take The GRE?

The GRE is administered by ETS,  the same organisation that is responsible for the TOEFL. ETS offers the GRE in approximately 700 test centers around the world. Online registration is available.

Since July 1, 2013, individuals are allowed to retake the test once every 21 days, and still up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period.

What Study Guides Can Help Me Prepare?

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