Get to Know the Important Details of GRE Exam

Get to Know the Important Details of GRE Exam

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GRE (Graduate Record Examination) test is the most commonly required admission test for graduation school. GRE exam is a broad assessment to check whether the graduate schools got the right stuff for their programme or not. It is a standardised test which provides a way to aspiring students that they can study in any business school across the globe. It is conducted by Educational Trust Service (ETS), a US based organisation. Those students who want to pursue any Masters in US, UK, Singapore, Australia, Canada and Europe can apply for this exam ex- MBA, MA, MS.

The GRE general test helps you do your best on the day of the test. In this test, you can decide which score can send to schools. If you feel you didn’t do your best on test day, that’s okay. You can repeat the test and then send only the scores you want schools to see. It’s all part of the Score select option, only available with GRE exam. The GRE test is available at more than 1000 test centres in more than 160 countries. There are two types of test:

  • Computer based test
  • Paper-based test

Computer based test is taken three times per month and the places where the computer is not available; paper based test is taken. Paper based test is taken three times in a year in October, November and February. The maximum attempts for this test are five.

Colleges which Accept the GRE Test :


  • Samford University
  • Troy University
  • Alaska Pacific University
  • Bard College
  • Columbia university


  • National University of Singapore
  • Singapore Management University


  • Deakin University


  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • Concordia University

 Official website for GRE:


GRE Exam Pattern:

The GRE test is of two types and for both GRE exam pattern is different.

Computer based test


Number of questions

Allotted time

Analytical Writing (one section with two task)

First task is analysed a situation and second is to analyse an argument.

30 minutes per task

Verbal Reasoning (Two task)

20 question per section

30 minutes per section

Quantitative Reasoning (Two reasons)

20 question per section

35 minutes per section







Syllabus of GRE:

The GRE test is available in two formats GRE general test and GRE subject test. The candidates can take the help of GRE sample test and GRE books.The GRE general test has three sections:

  • Verbal reasoning – first section, candidates have to study and draw assumptions, understand and add value to incomplete data, detect the observation of the author, detect and distinguish between relevant and irrelevant points, understand and summarise the structure of the text, understand the relationship among words and among concepts.
  • Quantitative reasoning – second section, candidates are being asked to understand and analyse quantitative information and interpret it correctly, solve problems through mathematical tools and apply mathematical skills and concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data interpretation.
  • Analytical writing – the third  section, candidates are being asked to communicate complex ideas, support ideas with relevant reasons and examples, examine claims and accompanying evidence, sustain a well-focused and coherent discussion.

The GRE subjective has seven sections:

  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Scores for GRE:

The GRE general test is scored on a scale of 130-170, and the GRE subject test is scored on a scale of 200-900.

The GRE general test scoring:


Score Scale

Verbal reasoning

130-170, in one point increments

Quantitative reasoning

130-170, in one point increments

Analytical writing

0-6, in half-point increments

GRE test scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested.

There are four ways to apply for GRE:

For applying GRE students first, create their “My GRE account”.Here the students can apply for the exam and check their scores also.

  • Phone
  • Online
  • Fax
  • Mail

Answer key can be check on the official website of GRE.

Result and Counselling:

Candidates received their result through an email notification which was sent by ETS. The results are available in the GRE account of the aspiring students. The official results are available within 10 to 15 days of the GRE test.

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