Graduate Record Examination FAQs
GRE or the Graduate Record Examination is one of the essential steps while applying to a graduate or business school course. Developed by the ETS as a common base to measure the applicant’s qualification for graduate-level work, GRE is a multiple-choice examination taken on a computer. GRE scores go a long way in securing admissions in the top graduate-level courses around the world. GRE has two types of tests – General and Subject Tests.
Such an important exam with its level of complexity is bound to invite a lot of doubts in the applicant’s minds. Walkthrough our extensive FAQ and dispel the doubts in your minds.
GRE General Tests
1. Why should I take the GRE General Test?
GRE General Test is the only test that is considered by both Top B schools and Graduate Schools around the world. Most Top-Ranked programs require you to take the GRE test to be eligible for their courses. Since it is considered by both Business and Graduate programs, it is a good test to have in the pocket while evaluating your options.
2. What does the GRE General Test structure look like?
Both the computer-based and paper-delivered Tests have the same sections breakups:
Verbal Reasoning: Verbal Reasoning tests your vocabulary consists of 20 questions including comprehension, sentence, and text-based questions.
Quantitative Reasoning: This section contains problem solving and quantitative comparison questions with the Math level of a Class 10 student.
Analytical Writing: This section has two blocks or questions; Issue and Argument type. The Issue question requires you to write on a selected topic supporting your views whereas the Argument question needs you to analyze the argument’s logic and suggest ways to improve.
3. How often can I take the GRE General Test?
The computer-based GRE General Test can be taken with an interval of 21 days up to 5 times a year whereas the paper-delivered test can be taken as often as it is offered in your area.
4. How much does the GRE General Test cost?
The fees for the GRE General Test varies based on the regions. Except for Australia, China, Nigeria, and Turkey, the test costs $205 whereas they cost $230, $231, $226, and %255 in the above-mentioned countries respectively.
GRE Subject Tests
1. Why should I take the GRE Subject Test?
While GRE General Test is used to measure general reasoning and basic math skills, GRE Subject Tests can be used to exhibit your proficiency in a subject of your choosing. You can take the GRE Subject Test in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Psychology, and English Literature.
2. How often can I take the GRE Subject Test?
GRE Subject tests are available at paper-delivered test centres and can be taken three times a year in April, September, and October.
3. How much does the GRE Subject Test cost?
GRE Subject Tests are priced the same throughout the world at $150.
4. What does the structure of the GRE Subject Test look alike?
The structure of the GRE Subject Test is not uniform and standardized. The sections are framed based on the subjects chosen.
1. When do the GRE scores become available online?
Once you have completed your GRE General test/GRE Subject tests, the scores are published online and available to see post 10-15 days of your test date.
2. How long are the GRE scores valid for?
GRE Scores are valid for five years from the date of the test.
3. If I have taken the GRE tests more than once, which score would be sent to schools?
GRE has a unique option of sharing only your best score with the schools. This option is known as the Score Select option.
4. How to designate schools to receive my GRE score?
You can designate schools to receive your score automatically once the scores have been released. This can be done during the computer-based test after you view your unofficial scores. In case of a paper-delivered test, you can designate schools during the registration process.
5. What are unofficial and official GRE scores?
When you are taking a computer-based GRE test, you will be available to view your verbal reasoning and quantitative section scores. This is called to be unofficial scores. You will receive your official scores from ETS once the Analytic writing section has also been evaluated.
6. What score do I need to achieve to secure admission in a top tier college?
Each University has a unique requirement when it comes to GRE Scores. You can check the universities’ official statement for better clarity.
7. Are GRE scores accepted for law school JD programs?
Yes, recently some top tier law schools have started accepting GRE General Test scores for their JD programs. The list of schools accepting GRE General Test scores can be viewed at https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/law/
1. How to register for the GRE Tests?
Before proceeding with the registration for the GRE tests, there are a few things to be checked such as test type, fees, and registration date. Once you have reviewed these carefully, you can proceed with the registration by following the below-mentioned steps:
ETS Account: The first step is to create an ETS Account on ets.org. Make sure that the first name and last name match that of the Identification documents you will be providing.
Registration: Log in to the ETS website with your account at least two days before the test date and proceed with the registration by selecting the test centre and making the payment via the suggested methods.
Online Registration is not available for people with disabilities or health-related needs.
2. How can people with disabilities or health-related needs register?
ETS has separate provisions for test takers with disabilities and health-related needs. The extra requirements, if any, have to be approved by the ETS Disability services. Registration can be carried out online under the “Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Illness” section.
3. How to reschedule the test date and location?
You must raise the rescheduling requesting four days before the test date to avoid forfeiting your fees. The rescheduling option can be found under the Upcoming tests section when you log in to your GRE Account. There will be a rescheduling fee that would have to be paid for confirmation of the request.
4. What to do if there is an error on the admit card?
In case of any errors or mismatches on the GRE card, you can reach out to GRE Customer Support Centre.
5. How do I enter my name in the GRE Registration form??
As a rule, it is very important that you enter your first and last name exactly as it is in the ID you are providing. In case you don’t have a surname, you have to enter your name as your given name and again in the last name as well.
6. What is the eligibility to take GRE General and GRE Subject Tests?
There are no specific eligibility criteria for the GRE tests.
7. How long does the GRE Test take?