ALL ABOUT THE GRE EXAM

WHAT IS THE GRE EXAM?

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a commercially-run standardized test that is an admissions requirement for many graduate schools principally in the United States, but also in other English speaking countries.

Created and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), the exam is primarily focused on testing abstract thinking skills in the areas of math , verbal reasoning , vocabulary, and analytical writing. The GRE Exam is typically a computer-based exam that is administered by select qualified testing centers. However, paper-based exams are also offered in areas of the world that lack the technological requirements.

WHY SHOULD STUDENTS TAKE THE GRE TEST?

The GRE revised General Test is the most widely accepted measure of a student’s readiness for graduate-level work — and the only test that can help you get into both graduate and business school, giving you more opportunities for success.

WHO ACCEPTS IT?

The GRE revised General Test is accepted at thousands of graduate and business schools as well departments and divisions within these schools.Business schools worldwide accept GRE scores for their MBA, specialized masters and other doctoral business programs, including many top-ranked programs. View the full list of graduate and business schools and fellowship sponsors that accept GRE scores at   https://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/gre_aidi_fellowships.pdf

View the list of B-Schools which accept GRE Scores   http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/mba/programs/

If you don’t see the school(s) you’d like to apply to, check with their admissions office directly — more business schools are deciding to accept GRE scores every day.
Hence it is not recommended.

Important Details About The Exam

EXAM FEESUS $205 (Subject to change)
FREE SCORE REPORTING4 UNIVERSITIES
FREE SCORE RECIPIENTS SELECTIONAFTER THE TEST AT THE CENTRE
ADDITIONAL SCORE REPORT FEESUS $27 (Subject to change)
RESCHEDULING FEESUS $50 (Subject to change)
RETAKE THE TESTYou can take the test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days). This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously.
SCORE RECEIPT BY UNIVERSITYIf you take the computer-delivered GRE revised General Test, your official scores will be available in your My GRE account and sent to the institutions you designated approximately 10–15 days after your test date.
SCORE VALIDITY5 YEARS
TEST CENTRESAhmedabad,Mumbai,Vadodara,Pune,Gandhinagar
TEST DATES/REGISTRATION DETAILS AND OFFICIAL WEBSITEThroughout the year. For all other info please visit the official website http://www.ets.org/gre
EXAM IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTSOriginal and Valid Passport

EXAM FORMAT

Table with breakdown of the timing and tasks for each test section

SectionNumber of QuestionsAllotted Time
Analytical Writing (One section with two separately timed tasks)One “Analyze an Issue” task and
one “Analyze an Argument” task
30 minutes
30 minutes
Verbal Reasoning (Two Reasons)Approximately 20 questions per section30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning (Two Sections)Approx. 20 questions per section35 minutes per section
UnscoredVariesVaries
ReasearchVariesVaries
Total Length of Test* *You’ll get a 10-minute break following the third section, and a 1-minute break between the other test sections3 hours 45 minutes plus short breaks

Note: If no questions are answered for a specific measure (e.g., Verbal Reasoning), then you will receive a No Score (NS) for that measure.

HOW IS GRE SCORED?

For the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures of the computer-delivered GRE revised General Test, the reported scores are based on the number of correct responses to all the questions included in the operational sections of the measure.

The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures are section-level adaptive. This means the computer selects the second operational section of a measure based on your performance on the first section. Within each section, all questions contribute equally to the final score. For each of the two measures, a raw score is computed. The raw score is the number of questions you answered correctly.

The raw score is converted to a scaled score through a process known as equating. The equating process accounts for minor variations in difficulty among the different test editions as well as the differences in difficulty introduced by the section-level adaptation. Thus a given scaled score for a particular measure reflects the same level of performance regardless of which second section was selected and when the test was taken.

The Analytical Writing section

For the Analytical Writing section, each essay receives a score from at least one trained reader, using a six-point holistic scale. In holistic scoring, readers are trained to assign scores on the basis of the overall quality of an essay in response to the assigned task. The essay score is then reviewed by e-rater, a computerized program developed by ETS, which is used to monitor the human reader. If the e-raterevaluation and the human score agree, the human score is used as the final score. If they disagree by a certain amount, a second human score is obtained, and the final score is the average of the two human scores.

The final scores on the two essays are then averaged and rounded to the nearest half-point interval on the 0–6 score scale. A single score is reported for the Analytical Writing measure. The primary emphasis in scoring the Analytical Writing section is on your critical thinking and analytical writing skills rather than on grammar and mechanics. Read the “Issue” and “Argument” scoring guides below.

THE SCORE SELECT OPTION

Send Only Your Best Scores!
GRE tests all provide the Score Select option, which means you can take a GRE test once now, or again in the future, and only send the GRE test scores from whichever test date(s) you want schools to see. Best of all, you always have five years to decide.
Here’s how it works:
On test day, when viewing your scores at the test center*, you can choose not to send your scores at this time OR you can select either option below for each of your four FREE score reports:

  • Most Recent option — Send your scores from your current test administration.
  • All option — Send your scores from all General Test administrations in the last five years.

No matter which option you choose:

  • You will select by specific test dates, so your scores are all from the same testing session.
  • The schools you designate will only see the scores that you selected to send them. There will be no special indication if you have taken additional GRE tests.

The Score Select option is available for both the GRE revised General Test and GRE Subject Tests, and can be used by anyone with reportable scores from the last five years.

GRE SUBJECT TEST

WHAT ARE THEY?

The GRE Subject Tests gauge undergraduate achievement in the eight disciplines listed below. Each Subject Test is intended for students who have majored in or have extensive background in that specific area.

  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

WHY SHOULD STUDENTS TAKE THE GRE TEST?

Prospective graduate applicants take the Subject Tests. GRE SUBJECT test scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement undergraduate records and other qualifications for graduate study. The scores provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants and aid in the evaluation of grades and recommendations. Some Subject Tests yield sub scores that can indicate the strengths and weaknesses of individual students’ preparation and may be useful for guidance and placement purposes.

WHO ACCEPTS THEM?

Any graduate or professional school, any department or division within a school, or any fellowship granting organization may require or recommend that its applicants take the General Test, a Subject Test, or both.

Important Details About The Exam

EXAM FEESUS $150 (Subject to change)
FREE SCORE REPORTING4 UNIVERSITIES
FREE SCORE RECEPIENTS SELECTIONDURING REGISTRATION
ADDITIONAL SCORE REPORT FEESUS $27 (Subject to change)
RESCHEDULING FEESUS $50 (Subject to change)
SCORE RECEIPT BY UNIVERSITYIf you take the computer-delivered GRE revised General Test, your official scores will be available in your My GRE account and sent to the institutions you designated approximately 10–15 days after your test date.
SCORE VALIDITY5 YEARS
TEST CENTRESNOT AVAILABLE IN INDIA
TEST DATES/REGISTRATION DETAILS AND OFFICIAL WEBSITESeptember, October, April. For all other info please visit the official website http://www.ets.org/gre
EXAM IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTSOriginal and Valid Passport

For more information please visit: http://www.ets.org/gre/subject/about/

This information is subject to change and is for reference purpose only.
For any updates and clarification visit : http://www.ets.org/gre