GRE (Graduate Record Exam)

In the following section, we have tried to put together the basic information about GRE. ETS.org is the source for most of the following information. For more detailed information, please visit the ETS web site at www.ets.org

General Topics

GRE Basics

Registering for GRE

GRE costs

GRE test format

GRE General Test

Verbal section

Quantitative section

Analytical Writing Assessment

GRE Subject Test

Free tutorials and practice test

 
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FAQ's

Who requires the GRE Subject Test?  

Where can I find the GRE college / university code, my country code and any other code for registration purposes?

Do you know any good books for studying for GRE?

What is the cut off GRE score of US universities?

Where can I get more information about GRE?

 

GRE Basics

GRE stands for Graduate Record Test. You will have to appear for GRE if you are planning to go for graduate studies in a field other than Business.
For example, students applying for Arts, Education, Nursing, Science or Engineering, etc., related programs (Master of Science programs) should appear for GRE. If you are applying for Business related programs (MBA, MIS program), then you will be required to appear for GMAT.

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Registering for GRE

There are three main ways to register for GRE general test and subject test: online, by phone, and by mail.

The information about GRE General test registration

The information about GRE Subject test registration

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GRE costs

Following are the costs for the year, July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2007:

GRE General Test Fees

  • U.S. , U.S. Territories (Guam and U.S. Virgin Island), and Puerto Rico $130
  • China (including Hong Kong), Korea, and Taiwan $175
  • All Other Locations $160
  • Rescheduling Fee $ 40
  • Standby Testing (paper-based test only) $ 35

GRE Subject Test Fees

  • U.S. , U.S. Territories, and Puerto Rico $130
  • All Other Locations $150
  • Rescheduling Fee $ 40
  • Standby Testing $ 35

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GRE test format

There are two types of GRE tests - GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test.

Every non-business graduate school/program requires GRE General Test. However, not every graduate school or program requires a subject test. You should check the admissions requirements of the Universities to determine whether you will have to appear for the Subject test or not.

The GRE General Test has three sections: Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing. GRE General Test is available in both computer based as well as paper based format. However, it is better to confirm whether the test center in which you will be taking the test has computer or paper based test facility. The GRE Subject Test is only offered in a Paper-based format

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GRE General Test

There are two formats available for GRE General Test: Computer-based test and Paper-based test. The following table explains the subjects being tested in the GRE General Test, the length of the test and the score range:

1 Choose one from two essay topic
2 Only one topic presented

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Verbal section

In the verbal reasoning section you will be asked to:
  • Analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it
  • Analyze relationships among component parts of sentences
  • Recognize relationships between words and concepts

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Quantitative section

In the quantitative reasoning section you will be asked to:
  • Understand basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis
  • Reason quantitatively
  • Solve problems in a quantitative setting

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Analytical Writing Assessment

In the Analytical Writing section you will be asked to:
  • Articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively examine claims and accompanying evidence
  • Support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
  • Sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
  • Control the elements of standard written English (this factor plays a role only to the extent that poor writing skills impede readers' understanding of the argument)

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GRE Subject Test

 

Currently, GRE Subject Test is only offered in a Paper-based format. The following table explains the subjects being tested in the GRE Subject Test, the length of the test and the score range:

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Free tutorials and practice tests

You can find free GRE tutorials and practice tests at the following web site:

GRE General Test

GRE Subject Test

Revised GRE General Test (Starting Autumn 2007)

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Who requires the GRE Subject Test?  

Not every graduate school or program requires a subject test. Therefore, you should check the admissions requirements at those schools in which you're interested before taking a GRE subject test.

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Where can I find the GRE college / university code, my country code and any other code for
registration purposes?

When you register for GRE test, you need to put several codes, such as: the college / university code where you want to sent your score, the department code, your country code, your test center code, etc.

You can find those codes in the GRE code list below:

GRE general test code

GRE subject test code

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Do you know any good books for studying for GRE?

Barron's GRE books are betters ones. You should be able to find them in a good book store. You can even buy them online.

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What is the cut off GRE score of US universities?

Each US university determines its own cut off scores. Moreover, some departments have their own cut off limits. You should check the minimum GRE score required with each college / university you are applying to.

Where can I get more information about GRE?

You can get more information about GRE by visiting ets.org - GRE

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