Developed and Conducted by Educational Testing Service (ETS)-a subsidiary of the Graduate Record Examination Board of the U.S.A, the Graduate Record Examination(GRE) is a common prerequisite for all Graduate School applicants. The scores of this standardized, computer adaptive format test helps graduate schools to assess the advanced study potential of their prospective students.

GRE 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 evaluating grades and recommendations. ETS can send your GRE scores to four universities chosen by you. GRE scores are valid for 5 years. GRE offers two kinds of Examinations to enable admissions panel to assess the applicants and their aptitude towards their chosen fields of study – GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test. Most applicants to Graduate Schools are generally asked to take the GRE General test.

GRE General Test : Generally taken by prospective graduate students, this test measures Verbal reasoning, Analytical and Critical Writing and Quantitative Reasoning skills of a candidate.

GRE Subject test : This version of GRE exam assesses candidates’ knowledge level and accomplishments in a specific field of study. Unlike the GRE General test, this test is available only thrice in a year and can be taken only as the paper-based test. The scores of this test are often required for doctoral programs in the US, though some universities require the GRE Subject test scores for Masters-level programs too. The eight subjects in which the GRE subject test is presently conducted are: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Literature, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.

GRE General Test Score Scales:

Three scores are reported on the GRE General Test: A Verbal Reasoning score reported on a 200 – 800 score scale, in 10-point increments.. A Quantitative Reasoning score reported on a 200 – 800 score scale, in 10-point increments. An Analytical Writing score reported on a 0 – 6 score scale, in half-point increments

Any section in which you answer no questions at all will be reported as a No Score (NS).

Subject Test Score Scales:

One total score is reported on a 200 990 score scale, in 10-point increments, although the score range for any particular Subject Test is usually smaller. Sub scores are reported for the Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; and Psychology Tests on a 20 – 99 score scale, in one-point increments, although the range for any particular Subject Test sub score is usually smaller.

GRE Test Format

Total time allotted for the Computer-adaptive GRE test is 3 hours, whereas for the Paper-based test it is 3 ¾ hours. Analytical writing section always appears first in the test, followed by the Verbal and Quantitative sections in any order. If there is a Research section, it always appears at the end of the test.

Test format for computer-based test : It comprises of Analytical Writing section wherein candidates have to choose One of the Two essay topics as their Issue Task and complete the same within 45 minutes. The Analytical Writing section then requires candidates to answer One Argument Task within 30 minutes. This Analytical Writing section is followed by a 30 minute Verbal reasoning section with 30 questions and finally by another 30 minute section comprised of 28 Quantitative reasoningquestions. The sections in the Paper based GRE General test are the same. The only changes are that there are 2 sections each within the Verbal and Quantitative sections. The Verbal section comprises of 38 questions in each part to be answered in 60 minutes in total. The Quantitative Section has 30 questions in two parts to be answered in 60 minutes in total.

GRE Costs Applicable

$180: General Test fees,
$25: Late Registration Fee,
$50: Standby Testing (paper-based test only),
$50: Rescheduling Fee, $50: Changing Your Test Center,
$12: Scores by phone,
$20: Additional score report (ASR) requests-per recipient,
$50: Question-and-Answer Review Service-Verbal & Quantitative Sections,
$55: Score Review for Analytical Writing Measure,
$30: Paper-Based Test Hand Scoring,
$30: Score Reinstatement Fee.

Registration Details

The General Test is given throughout the year at computer-based test centers all around the world. Students from India have to contact this Regional Registration Centre to book or know more about the test registration procedure :

Prometric Testing Private Limited,2nd Floor, DFL Infinity Tower – A, Sector 25, Phase ll, DFL City Gurgaon,Haryana 122002, India, Phone: 91-124-4147700 OR 91-124-4147773.