(Graduate Record Examinations)

What is GRE?

GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) is a standardised test conducted by ETS (Educational Testing Services). ETS GRE scores are accepted by most of the elite graduate level schools for masters degree programs (like MS in USA). It’s gone through a lot of changes over the years. In its newest avatar, it is called the GRE revised General Test.

GRE Exam Eligibility

The eligibility requirement for GRE is the document required to prove your identity. For Indian candidates, one needs just a valid passport. You’ll have to get your original passport (not photocopies) which clearly shows your full name, photograph and signature. Please note that none of the other documentation (like birth certificate, international driving license etc) can be used as an alternate identity proof. This is followed very strictly.

Apart from this, ETS does not set any age, qualification, timing related pre-requisites. However, there will be a additional criteria set by universities that accept GRE scores. For each of their programs, they may have minimum age, experience and qualification related filters.

GRE Exam dates in 2017 – 2018

Unlike other entrance dates for such exams in India, there are no specific GRE Exam dates. A candidate can take it any time of the year by taking an appointment with the closest GRE exam center. But with this flexibility, comes another issue at hand. During the peak application season which is around August to December, it usually gets difficult for you to get an appointment in your preferred exam center. The candidate may be forced to book a day and time at another center that is not the first choice for the candidate.

This makes it important to plan GRE preparation schedule and test dates well in advance.

GRE Centers in India

In India the GRE test is conducted (primarily by Prometric) in the following cities:

Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Gandhinagar, Gurgaon, Gwalior, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nashik, New Delhi, Nizamabad, Patna, Pune, Trivandrum, Vadodara and Vijawada.

Not all of them might offer the computerized test but instead the Paper-delivered test.

To find the exact address and seat availability, candidate can visit the ETS website after you select the country (India) and city from the dropdown list.

GRE Exam fee | Test price

The registration fee to take the GRE test is $195 which is cheaper than the $250 fee that aspirants have to pay for GMAT. ETS is also willing to be flexible on the GRE test fee for test takers who can prove their financial hardship. Note that there may be extra charges ($50) if one wants to change your center or reschedule the test.

The GRE exam fees in Indian currency are approximately INR 12-14,000 based on an average prevailing exchange rate of Rupees/Dollar.

GRE 2018 Test Pattern

Paper-Based, Duration Paper-Based, No. of Sections GRE Sections Computer-Based, No. of Sections Computer-Based, Duration
60 minutes 2 Sections, 2 tasks Analytical Writing 1 Section, 2 tasks 60 minutes
70 minutes 2 Sections, 50 questions Verbal reasoning 2 Sections, 40 questions 60 minutes
80 minutes 2 Sections, 50 questions Quantitative Reasoning 2 Sections 40 questions 70 minutes
    Unscored Varies Varies
    Research Varies Varies

GRE is a generalised test which relates to not any particular discipline or field. It has been designing to evaluate skills that you’ve already picked up over the years. This allows a wide range of universities to use it to benchmark applicants from diverse backgrounds applying to a big mix of degrees.

GRE exam pattern has overall 3 sections: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning.

Analytical Writing section tests the ability to analyse facts, dissect arguments, judge the presented evidence and present individual views in the most convincing and structured manner. Verbal Reasoning section checks candidates’ capacity to understand the content author’s perspectives and intentions, prioritise the points made, and connect the dots across various ideas presented, even if they may not necessarily be documented in a coherent manner. This is the tricky section for non-native English speakers. Quantitative Reasoning is where one’s comfort level with numbers and quantitative data is tested. It is imperative to understand the problem and use models and mathematical formulas (from geometry, algebra, arithmetic) to solve them. The good news is that the examinee has access to a calculator. So no complex mental arithmetic is a requisite.

GRE Eligibility Criteria 2018

Acronym GRE
Test type GRE General (Aptitude) GRE Subject (Subjective)
GRE eligibility criteria No specific eligibility criteria to pursue postgraduate programs
Test sections Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing
Test duration 3 hours 45 minutes
GRE score 130-170( per section) Analytical writing: 1-6

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