Graduate Record exam is a standardized test which has been developed to evaluate the verbal, analytical and mathematical skills of the candidates.The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is requirement for most Graduate Schools for Admissions to masters and doctoral degree programs
It is a computer based or paper based standardized test, with a user friendly design and no two students get an identical set of questions. Most universities in the US, while inviting applications from prospective students, ask for the GRE scores.
The GRE Score alone cannot guarantee admission into a graduate school, it is only one of the major criteria that are taken into consideration in the process of an applicant getting admitted into a graduate school.
The GRE test has three parts- Quantitative, Verbal and Analytical Writing Assessment and also an unidentified section is included that will always appear at the end of the test. It is not counted as part of your GRE score.. The content of the GRE comprises of certain specific algebra, geometry, arithmetic, and vocabulary.
The test can be scored on a maximum of 340. Duration of the test is about 3 hours and 45 minutes which includes 1-minute breaks after each section and a 10-minute break after third section. Average number of test takers is around 655,000. Scores of GRE has a validity of 5 years
The exam is not adaptive on the basis of questions, but rather on the basis of section, so the performance on the first verbal and math sections determine the difficulty of the second sections presented.
All About GRE
The GRE is owned and managed by Educational Testing Service(ETS) who created it in 1949. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based exam managed at Prometric testing centers.It has about 1,000 test centers in more than 160 countries and the Paper-based test is offered only in those areas where computer-based testing is not available. The GRE Computer-based test can be taken once after 21 days from the day of exam in every year and a Maximum of 5 times a year. Paper-based test can be taken as often as it is offered.
ETS also provide financial help to those applicants who prove economic hardship
Fees of GRE - The cost to take the GRE test is US$205
FORMAT OF THE EXAM
COMPUTER BASED GRE STRUCTURE
The testing time for the computer-delivered GRE General Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. Exam has six sections and a 10-minute break following the third section.
Analytical writing section
(One section with two separately timed tasks)
|One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task
||30 minutes per task
|20 questions per section
||30 minutes per section
|20 questions per section
||35 minutes per section
|Paper Based GRE
|The testing time for the paper-delivered GRE General Test is about three hours and 30 minutes. There are six sections in the exam and a 10-minute break following the second section.
Section 1: "Analyze an Issue" task
Section 2: "Analyze an Argument" task
|30 minutes per section
|25 questions per section
||35 minutes per section
|25 questions per section
||40 minutes per section
The Analytical Writing sections will always appear first, while the other four sections can appear in any order.
The Analytical section includes an "issue task" and an "argument task" . The writing part is scored on the scale of 0–6, in half-point increments. The essays are written on a computer using a word processing program, designed by ETS. The program has basic computer functions and does not contain a spell-checker or other advanced features.
The candidate is given 30 minutes to write an essay about a selected topic.Issue topics has to be selected from a pool of questions, which the GRE Program has published in its entirety.
The test taker will be given an argument. He will be asked to write an essay that critiques the argument. Test takers are asked to judge the argument's logic and to make suggestions about how to improve the logic of the argument. Test takers are expected to address the logical flaws of the argument.. The time allotted for this essay is 30 minutes. The Arguments has to be selected from a pool of topics, which the GRE Program has published in its entirety.
The verbal sections tests a candidate on reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and vocabulary usage. The verbal test is scored on the scale of 130-170, in 1-point increments . Each verbal section consists of around 6 text completion, 4 sentence equivalence, and 10 critical reading questions. In addition there are Reading question types allowing for the selection of multiple answers
The quantitative sections assess basic high school level mathematical knowledge and reasoning skills. The quantitative test is scored on a scale of 130–170, in 1-point increments, Each quantitative section comprises of about 8 quantitative comparisons, 9 problem solving items, and 3 data interpretation questions. There is also numeric entry items requiring the examinee to fill in a blank and multiple-choice items requiring the examinee to select multiple correct responses
There is an unidentified unscored section that may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section, Although, it does not count toward your GRE score. Questions in the unscored section are given for its possible use in the future tests or may be to ensure that scores on new editions of the test are comparable to scores from earlier editions.
Research Part - An identified research section that does not count toward your score may be included in place of the unscored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the GRE test. Questions in this particular section are included for ETS research purposes.
The Analytical Writing section will always appear first. The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and unidentified/unscored sections can appear in any order in the Exam, thus , you should treat each section as if it counts toward your score.
What is GRE?
Graduate Record exam is a standardized test which has been developed to evaluate the verbal, analytical and mathematical skills of the candidates. The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is requirement for most Graduate Schools for Admissions to master’s and doctoral degree programs.
Which MBA programs accept GRE scores?
Business schools worldwide accept GRE scores for their MBA, specialized master's and other doctoral business programs, including many top-ranked programs.
What skills does the test measure?
The Verbal Reasoning section measures your ability to analyze and draw conclusions from discourse, understand multiple levels of meaning, select important points and understand the meanings of sentences and entire texts.
The Quantitative Reasoning section tests your ability to interpret and analyze quantitative information and use mathematical skills such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics to solve and analyze problems.
The Analytical Writing section measures your ability to sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion, articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively, support your ideas with relevant examples and examine claims and accompanying evidence.
What is the scoring scale for the GRE?
The AWA section grades are from 0-6 in 0.5 point increments.
The Quantitative Reasoning section grades are from 130-170 in 1 point increment.
The Verbal Reasoning section grades are from 130-170 in 1 point increment.
Total scores are from 260-340 in 1 point increment; AWA scores are separate.
How many times can a candidate take GRE?
The GRE can be taken only 5 times in a year, and the duration between 2 attempts has to be atleast 21 days. However, one can give the test only 5 times in a calendar year.
How do I register for the GRE?
You can register online or by phone or mail for the test. The detailed information about registering for the GRE can be found at www.gre.org.
How does the computer-delivered test work?
The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections are section-level adaptive, meaning that the first section of the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures spans a range of difficulty levels, from easy to difficult. The first section is structured such that, overall, the first section is of average difficulty. The difficulty level of the second section of each of the measures depends on your performance on the first section. For example, if for the Quantitative Reasoning tests you do very well on the first section, the second section of the Quantitative Reasoning measure will be at a higher level of difficulty. The scoring for the Quantitative Reasoning measure takes into consideration the total number of questions answered correctly across the two sections, as well as the difficulty level of the section (similar process for the Verbal Reasoning measure).
What level of math content is included in the test?
The GRE General Test uses the foundations of high school math to test quantitative reasoning. The test material measures your ability to understand basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis; to reason quantitatively; and to solve problems in a quantitative setting.
How is the test administered?
The computer-delivered test is offered year round at Prometric test centers, and also offered on specific dates at additional testing locations outside of the Prometric test center network.
In areas of the world where the computer-delivered test is not available for the candidates, a paper-delivered test is administered up to three times per year.
How long is the test?
The total testing time for the computer-delivered test is around three hours and 45 minutes, plus short breaks.
Can I use a calculator on the test?
The computer-based GRE General Test contains an on-screen calculator for use in the Quantitative Reasoning section that reduce the emphasis on computation and allow to focus more attention on reasoning skills. The calculator has four functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and a square root.
For paper-delivered tests, calculators are provided at the test center for use during the test. You may not bring your own calculator.
What if a candidate observes irregular behavior at the testing site?
Please contact ETS as soon as possible to report any observed irregular behavior that may lead to an invalid score — for example, if someone copying from another test taker, taking a test for someone else, having access to test questions or answers before the GRE test or using notes or unauthorized aids. All information is held in strictest confidence.
Can I view my scores online?
Yes. Once your official scores are reported, you will receive an email from ETS indicating you can view your scores online free of charge through your ETS Account.
When will a candidate’s official scores be reported after testing?
If the candidate takes the computer-delivered GRE General Test, the official scores will be available in their ETS Account and sent to the institutions they designated approximately 10–15 days after your test date.
If the candidate takes the paper-delivered test, the official scores will be available in their ETS Account and sent to the institutions they designated within five weeks after your test date.
How do I send my scores to an institution?
Your test fee entitles you to request that scores be sent to four graduate institutions or fellowship sponsors at no additional cost.
§ For the computer-delivered GRE General Test, you will be asked to designate your score recipients at the test center or you can choose not to report your scores at that time.
§ For the paper-delivered GRE General Test, you will be asked to designate your score recipients during registration or you can choose not to report your scores at that time.
What scores are reported?
These Three scores are reported on the GRE General Test:
⚫ Verbal Reasoning score is reported on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments.
⚫ Quantitative Reasoning score is reported on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments.
⚫ Analytical Writing score is reported on a 0–6 score level, in half-point increments.
Can I see my scores at the test center when I take the computer-delivered test?
After completing the computer-delivered GRE General Test, you will be given the opportunity to Report or Cancel your scores. If you choose Report Scores, you can see your unofficial scores for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning tests at the test center. Because of the Analytical Writing essay scoring process, you will not be able to view your Analytical Writing score at the testing center.
Although you have the option to cancel your scores, consider very carefully before doing it because the score reporting choices available with the Scoreselect option allow you to report only the scores you feel reflect your personal best. If you cancel your scores, you and any schools will never see them and they will not be part of your reportable history. If you select to report your scores, you will view your unofficial scores on the screen and the score will become a part of your reportable history.
Your official scores will be available in your ETS Account and sent to your score recipients approximately 10–15 days after your test date.
What is the rescheduling and cancellation policy associated with the GRE?
You can cancel or change your GRE registration no after than four days before your test date or your test fee will be forfeited. You are entitled to receive half of your test fee if you cancel your GRE registration within the specified time period. You will be charged a fee of US$50 if you change your registration date.
When will the universities/institutions receive my official GRE scores?
You can view your unofficial GRE scores after the completion of your GRE test on the test day itself (not include your Analytical writing scores). Your designated institutions will receive your official scores within 10-15 days after the day of your test and you can view them in your My GRE account.
What is Score Select option?
After completing your GRE revised general test, the Score Select option allows you to choose which scores you want the universities to look on. On the day of the test, you can choose not to send your scores, send the most recent GRE score, or send all the test scores in the last five years. After the day of the test, you can choose to send the most recent score, all the test scores in the last five years, or any particular score from your previous attempts.
Can I cancel my GRE scores?
After completing your GRE revised general test, you will get an option to report or cancel your scores before the unofficial scores appear on your display. Cancellation of the scores will not be reported to the universities and will not be a part of your official score report.
To how many universities can a candidate send official GRE score?
The test registration fee includes the service of sending your official GRE score card to four universities/institutions. A candidate can choose the four score recipients on the day of the test at the test center itself.After test day, candidate can send additional score reports for a fee of US$27 per recipient.
What is the structure of the GRE?
||Tasks/Number of Questions
|2 essays (Issue and argument)
||30 minutes each
||20 questions per section
||30 minutes each
| Quantitative Reasoning
||20 questions per section
||35 minutes each
Which colleges/programs accept GRE scores?
Nearly all business and graduate schools accept GRE scores as an admissions requirement and most colleges are open to accepting either GRE or GMAT scores for business related programs. The ETS provides colleges with a concordance table to translate a GRE score into a predicted GMAT score.
When should I take the GRE?
Most colleges have their application deadlines starting November and extending till January. You need to allocate sufficient time for your GRE preparation, provide some additional time for a re-take (should it be required), save some time for working on your SOPs and LORs, and gather your research work. It is advised that you start preparing 6 months to a year in advance of your application deadlines.
What is the test GRE test presentation?
The advanced adaptive design of the GRE General Test allows you to freely move forward and backward throughout an entire section. Specific features include:
Preview and review capabilities within a section
"Mark" and "Review" features to tag questions, so you can skip them and return later if you have time remaining in the section
The ability to change/edit answers within a section
An on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section.
What are the subjects in GRE?
Each Subject Test is intended for students who have an undergraduate major or extensive background in one of these six disciplines:
Literature in English.
What is Average GRE score?
The 50th percentile represents the average, or mean, GRE score. The mean for the quantitative section is 151.91 (or 152); verbal is 150.75 (151) and analytical writing is 3.61.
What is a good GRE score?
Average scores vary depending on the academic field, but it is reasonable to assume that applicants should score, at a minimum, in the 60 to 65th percentile—that is lower than most doctoral programs will accept. The 80th percentile is a decent score. A score at the 90th percentile and above is excellent and can contribute to satisfying graduate school opportunities.
It goes without
saying that the higher your GRE score the better your chances are to get into grad school, period, and also more selective and therefore higher quality schools.