The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for many graduate schools in the United States, in other English-speaking countries, and for English- taught graduate and business programs world-wide. Created and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) in 1949.
The exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based exam administered at prometric testing centres.
The GRE is a standardized test intended to measure the abilities of all graduates in tasks of general academic nature, regardless of their fields of specialization. The GRE is supposed to measure the extent to which undergraduate education has developed an individual's verbal and quantitative skills in abstract thinking.
What are the components?
There are four components to the GRE format
1) Analytical section
2) Quantitative section
3) Verbal section
4) Experimental/ Research section
How long is the exam?
The exam is for a duration of 3 hours 45 minutes.
When can I write it?
The test is conducted all through the year at different centres. Slot booking is done purely on first come, first serve basis. You can take the test only once in 60 days, and only five times within a 12 month continuous rolling period.
How is the GRE scored?
The score for the verbal and quantitative sections is scaled from 130-170 in one point increments, while the Analytical writing assessment section is scaled from 0-6 in half point increments.
What is the validity for the test?
The test scores are valid for a period of five years.