The Graduate Record Examination or GRE is a standardized test that is an admission requirement for many graduate schools in the United States and in other English-speaking countries. Created and administered by Educational Testing Service (or ETS) the exam measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study.
In the United States, Canada, and many other countries, the GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based exam administered by select qualified testing centers; however, paper-based exams are offered in areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available.
In the graduate school admissions process, the level of emphasis that is placed upon GRE scores varies widely between schools and between departments within schools. The importance of a GRE score can range from being a mere admission formality to an important selection factor.
The exam consists of four sections. The first section is a writing section, while the other three are multiple-choice style. One of the multiple choice style exams will test verbal skills, another will test quantitative skills and a third exam will be an experimental section that is not included in the reported score. The entire test procedure takes about 4 hours.
The verbal section consists of analogies, completions, and reading comprehension passages. Multiple-choice response sections are graded on a scale of 200-800, in 10-point increments. This section primarily tests vocabulary, and average scores in this section are substantially lower than those in the quantitative section. In a typical examination, this section may consist of 30 questions, and 30 minutes may be allotted for it.
The quantitative section, the other multiple-choice section, consists of problem solving and quantitative comparison questions that test high school level mathematics. Multiple-choice response sections are graded on a scale of 200-800, in 10-point increments. In a typical examination, this section may consist of 28 questions, and test takers may be given 45 minutes to complete the section. This section typically includes 14 quantitative comparison questions, 10 discrete quantitative questions (multiple-choice) and 4 data interpretation questions.
The analytical writing section consists of two different essays, an "issue task" and an "argument task". The writing section is graded on a scale of 0-6, in half-point increments. The essays are written on a computer using a word processing program specifically designed by ETS. The program allows only basic computer functions and does not contain a spell-checker or other advanced features. Each of the essay is scored on a six-point holistic scale.
The GRE is offered five times a year at test centers throughout the state. Tests are always on Saturday in February, April, June, October, and December. Registration form may be obtained by writing to:
Graduate Record Examinations, Educational Testing Service., CN 60000, Princeton,
This examination requires good planning and extensive preparation. It is important to possess good skills in Vocabulary, Analogy, Reading, Comprehension, Geometry and Algebra. There are no short cuts to pass this examination. Incessant training alone would determine success. It is good to write general section in the month of November. Since scores could be known before admissions. If scores were less it would be possible to attempt once more.
Although, the exam is considered to be pretty tough, systematic hard work study would definitely bring good results.