GRE Basics

Graduate Record Exam (general test) tests your abilities in Verbal Reasoning (English language ) Quantitative Reasoning ( mathematics ) and Analytical Writing (Essay).

A specific GRE score is mandatory or sometimes advisory to secure admission for a master’s degree , MBA or PHD.

GRE is wholly computer adaptive test.

Typing ability is needed for the Writing section of the test.

There is NO negative marking in GRE. There is talk that negative marking is going to be introduced but, it is Untrue.

GRE is increasingly being accepted as alternative to GMAT.

GRE score is often taken into consideration for scholarships, fee concessions and for on – campus work permit.

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What is GRE?

The GRE Test (Graduate Record Exam) is the standardised test used to get admissions in various graduate schools or business graduate schools in various English speaking countries, especially the United States. More than 1 lakh graduate school applicants from approximately 160 countries take the GRE General Test at 700 test centers. Aspirants interested in pursuing a master’s degree, specialised master’s course, MS, MBA, MEM or doctoral degree can sit for the GRE Test. In addition to the GRE revised general test, there are seven GRE subjects tests that evaluate candidates’ knowledge in their respective field. GRE test is conducted by the Educational Trust Service (ETS).

GRE Scores:

For the quantitative and verbal reasoning assessments of the GRE revised General test, the scores range from 130 to 170 points. For the analytic writing section, scores range from 0.0 to 6.0, in half-point increments. There are two verbal and two math sections on the GRE revised General test. The first of both sections is not computer adaptive, but the difficulty of questions that you’ll be given for the second section is dependent on how well you did on the first section. The essay section of the GRE is composed on the computer, but both writing tasks are graded by trained readers.

GRE Exam Pattern

GRE revised General Test Format:

In all cases the Analytical Writing section is the first section of the exam, followed by a 10 minute break. After the break, there are 5 sections: two verbal, two math and an unscored section. Sections can appear in any order. Therefore, you won’t be able to tell which section is unscored, so you must be sure to do your best on all sections

In all cases the Analytical Writing section is the first section of the exam, followed by a 10 minute break. After the break, there are 5 sections: two verbal, two math and an unscored section. Sections can appear in any order. Therefore, you won’t be able to tell which section is unscored, so you must be sure to do your best on all sections
Measure Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing(One section with two separately timed tasks) One “Analyse an Issue” task and one “Analyse an Argument” task 30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning(Two sections) 20 questions per section 30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning(Two sections) 20 questions per section 35 minutes per section
Unscored Varies Varies

Analytic Writing: 2 essays, 30 minutes each
The writing section of the GRE is meant to measure your analytical reasoning, organization, and analysis skills. The two essays include an issue essay and an argument essay. There are no right or wrong answers to the essay questions, and the essays will be read and scored by 2 (and possibly 3) readers.

Break : 10 minutes

Verbal Reasoning: Two sections each with 20 questions, 30 minutes for each section
Each section includes a mix of reading comprehension question, text completion, and sentence equivalence questions. Reading comprehension questions are either single answer, multiple answers, or select in passage, while text completion questions will have either one, two, or three blanks.

Quantitative Reasoning: Two sections each with 20 questions, 35 minutes for each section
Each quantitative reasoning section (also common called the “Math GRE sections”) contains a mix of multiple choice, quantitative analysis, and user input questions.

Unscored Section*: An experimental section that will either be a math or a verbal section may also be included on the exam. You will know if you were given a math or verbal experimental section because you will have two of those sections during the test, but you won’t know which of two identical sections will be experimental. The experimental section does not count toward your score, and is used by ETS to try out new questions for possible use in future exams.
*In the above example, the unscored section is the last section, but the order of the sections can be any of several combinations. For example, your exam may be math-verbal-math-verbal-unscored, or verbal-math-unscored-math-verbal, etc.

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How to Book GRE Slot

    Getting a GRE appointment certainly isn’t rocket science, but if you are a first time test taker, it might seem like a tediously long process. Nothing to worry about, though. You can avoid all the hassle if you know what you are doing.Booking a GRE slot is simple and easy, and there are quite a few things you need to keep in mind before you do register, so you can get the job done faster.

    Here are a few rules you need to follow when creating an account: The name you use during account registration must be the SAME name used when you register for the GRE appointment. Meaning, the name must exactly match, with the details on your identification documents (your passport, for example). If the names don’t match, you may not be allowed to sit for the test. So, be extra cautious while registering your name. Register with your official/real name and include all First, Middle, and Last names. Watch out for spelling mistakes. Again, these names must be exactly as they appear on your ID. If you don’t have a last name, you need to enter your first name again as your last name.

    Now, go to the ETS website and create a ‘My GRE Account’ for yourself. It’s a one-time requirement, and with this account you can set your test appointment, view scores after your exam, reschedule or cancel your appointment, send out score reports to universities, register for the free GRE Search Service, etc. However, if you already have an account for the TOEFL exam, you can use the same username and password to create a My GRE Account.

    Next, you need to decide when you want to take the GRE, depending on how many days you would need to prepare for the test, and when you need to report your scores to your target universities. Also, another important factor to consider, is the test time. Decide if you want to sit for the exam in the morning, during the afternoon, or in the evening. The test dates may vary based on timings as well.

    You will now be asked to choose a test provider, and there will be a few options to choose from. Usually, the most favored test provider is Prometric, since it is not only the official worldwide test provider for ETS, but also since it follows ETS’ rules and regulations strictly. However, some test takers decide to choose one of the other test providers.

    Now, you will be asked to choose the country and then the city where you would like to appear for the test. You will be provided with the test centers that are the closest to the city you have chosen. Remember that only big cities and metros have Prometric centers, and test takers from smaller cities should either choose other providers, or should opt to take the test at a nearby city with a Prometric center. Some big cities have multiple Prometric test centers, in which case, you can choose the nearest center.

    Now, after you choose the test center, you will be shown an online registration system with updated GRE test center information. Remember that not all test centers are open on all dates, and also the fact that the test date you have decided may or may not be available. If you find that the dates you want are already filled, check after a few days. Sometimes, other test takers postpone/cancel their appointments, and slots get reopened.

    Confirm your registration. Complete the payment process and make sure to take a printed form of the receipt. In case you cannot print, save the file as a PDF and keep it handy. This completes your GRE Appointment.

    If for some reason you cannot register online, you need to follow an alternative test appointment process either through phone, fax, or mail, depending upon where you live.