The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) consists of three test sections- Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing.
|GRE test section||No.of questions||Question types||Timing|
|Analytical writing assessment||2||» Analysis of an argument
» Analysis of an issue
|30 minutes each task|
|20 questions per section||30 minutes per section|
|20 questions per section||35 minutes per section|
The Graduate Record Examination is designed by Educational Testing Services (ETS), USA, the scores of which is used as one of the criteria for admission to MS/PhD programs in various disciplines.
GRE subject test and GRE general test
The GRE general test, used more than the subject, is an aptitude test that measures an applicant’s verbal, numerical, reasoning and writing skills.
It is one of the various criteria that the admission council looks at. However, a good GRE score does improve chances of admission and financial aid.
Not necessarily. However, to do a graduate program, one has to be an undergrad in any stream.
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Total score for math and verbal reasoning is 340 ( 170 + 170). The band will vary from 130- 170. Analytical writing will be graded on 0 - 6 scale.
You can retake in 60 days, no more than 5 times in a yr
Almost all the universities take the best score.
Yes, you need to have the GRE score with you at the time of applying.
The GRE score, your past academic record and your application materials play a vital part towards securing scholarships.
Yes, a good number of B schools use the GRE score instead of the GMAT score for admission purposes.
The difficulty level of the questions in the second subsection of Verbal reasoning/quantitative reasoning is determined by your performance in the first section.
There is no prescribed syllabus, especially for the verbal section*. However for the quantitative section, ETS provides an indicative list of math concepts that may help orient your preparation. Remember that quantitative reasoning is more than math concepts. *experts in cognitive testing will be able to guide you on what competencies to build for the verbal reasoning sections.
Longer duration, complex passages, analytical reasoning, contextual usage of words rather than merely recognising meanings, tough math.
There is no penalty on incorrect answers. Weightage to questions with in a section is the same. Your score is determined by the total number of questions answered correctly. Partially correct answers in multiple. Answers format considered invalid.
No there is no penalty on unfinished section.
Raw scores indicate the number of correct answers in the two sub sections put together. A scaled score is compute on a band of 130- 170; you can score a 151, 152…
An on-screen calculator is included in the Quantitative Reasoning section to ease computation. The emphasis is not on computation skills but on reasoning. Hence providing a calculator doesn’t make problem solving just as easy. The calculator will have four functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and a square root. For paper-based tests, calculators will be provided to tests takers at the test center for use during the test.