GRE - Graduate Record Examination
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is administered
by the Educational Testing Services (ETS) for admission into all
graduate academic programs (except management) in universities
across USA and Canada and some selected universities across the
world including India. The exam is a Computer Adaptive Test and
is administered at any of the Sylvan testing centers in the country
after prior registration.
American graduate schools accept GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)
as the entrance test for all MS programs except for Business, Law
The Educational Testing Service (ETS) administers the test on
behalf of the GRE Board.
The GRE is a Computer Adaptive Test consisting of 3 multiple-choice
sections-Quantitative, Analytical Writing and Verbal. It also
includes an essay section - Writing Assessment, (mandatory only
for certain universities). Students need to write this section
on a separate day. The Computer Adaptive Test as the name suggests
picks the questions based on the test taker's response to the
given question. The first question is always of medium difficulty
level and from then on the score graph starts to move upward or
downward as per the performance of the candidate. A test-taker
of higher caliber will get tougher questions than a test-taker
of a lower caliber. As the test progresses, the score graph begin
to narrow down to a range and that range will determine the final
GRE - The Computer Adaptive Test Structure
|Types of questions
||Analysis of Issue
Analysis of Argument
||Either Math or Verbal
3 hrs 15 mins
The salient features: -
- The Analytical Writing section is always the first section
followed by either the Quantitative or Verbal.
- All questions are multiple-choice having four or five answer
Analytical Writing Assessment:
- Analysis of Issue: Students are required to present their
perspective/opinion on an issue.
- Analysis of Argument: Students are required to analyze a given
The essays are scored in a range from 0 to 6. The ratings of the
essay will be 6.0, 5.5, 5.0, 4.5, 4.0, 3.5, 3.0,2.5, 2.0, 1.5
and 1.0. The desired level is 5 and above.
Usually universities don't ask for subject GRE scores. However
in case of change of stream or for integrated PhD programs some
universities may ask for a subject GRE score. It entirely depends
on the university however very few universities
Unofficial scores appear on screen following the test for verbal
and quantitative section. The essay scores will come to you along
with the official score reports. You will receive official score
reports within 10- 15 days of taking the test.
A score of 1400 and above would help you to get in good universities
The GRE score is valid for five years; however most of the universities
insist on a GRE score not more than 2-3 years old.
ETS will directly send your scores to the universities you have
mentioned in your test registration.
You can write GRE on any working day of the year (Saturdays and
Sundays are holidays).
You can register online on www.gre.org or can call up or send
a fax or mail Prometric - Delhi.
- Test Fees: US$ 140* (Includes fee for reporting scores
to 4 Universities).
Additional Score Report: US$ 15 * per university.
*Fees are subject to change
MAXGRE correspondence program
- Duration: 90- 120 days program (approx 100 hour program)
- Course Content-
- Basic Reference Material: Verbal, Quantitative and AWA 20
Section Tests 7 PBT s and 10 Computer Test
- Fees: Students based in India: Rs. 3500/-
Globally: US$ 145