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GRE -Graduate Record Examinations

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test which is an admission requirement for many graduate schools in the US, in other countries where English language is spoken primarily, and for English-taught graduate and business programs globally. It was created and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), 1949. The exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing and critical thinking skills developed 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 test administered by selected qualified testing centers; however, paper-based exams are offered in areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available. The process of graduate school admissions, upon the GRE score, the emphasis level varies between schools.

GRE Pattern and syllabus

The GRE comprises 2 separate tests. General Test and the Subject Test are included in the test. 

  • The General Test is divided into three parts:

Verbal This section may consist of 30 questions, and 30 minutes may be allotted for it. . The verbal section consists of analogies, completions, and reading comprehension passages.

Quantitative This section may consist of 28 questions, and 45 minutes may be given to the test takers to complete the section, 14 quantitative comparison questions, and 10 questions check quantitative concepts (multiple-choice) and there are also 4 data interpretation questions.

Analytical writingThis section consists of two different essays, an "issue task" and an "argument task".

  • The knowledge of a student is checked by the subject test, in concepts related to psychology. 

This test consists of approximately 175 questions and is intended for the students who are interested in graduate programs in biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology and related programs like microbiology and genetics. Questions are distributed among three sub score areas: biochemistry (36%), cell biology (28%), molecular biology and genetics (36%).

Similarly, for the students interested in graduate programs in computer science, literature in English, chemistry, physics, mathematics and psychology.

In each state, there are separate testing sites. For the General test, registration should be well ahead of time to get choice of dates for the test. For the Subject Test, at least 6 weeks prior registrations must be made. Registration by mail is also another way. GRE test dates available in: 

  • October
  • November
  • February
  • April 

GRE Preparation

To ensure a higher grade in GRE: 

  • Plan a systematic method of study, which will help you in polishing and enhancing skills in areas such as analogies, reading comprehension, vocabulary, geometry and algebra through review books.
  • The more time you practice leads to good scores, cramming is of no help in GRE
  • One should plan the General Test in November, which will ensure your scores will be available on time to meet any deadline during the admissions. And, if one loses out, in the first trial, then there is time to retake the test in December. 

Thus cracking GRE will open more avenues for a bright future.