What’s the GRE?

The GRE is a widely accepted standardized test used for admissions into graduate programs and many business schools.

The GRE is not subject specific, but there are GRE Subject Tests that assess knowledge on specific topics and areas. The GRE is available in both computer based and paper based formats and consists of questions geared towards testing a candidates graduate level work.

The overall testing time for the GRE is about three hours and 45 minutes.


GRE Structure

The GRE is split into six sections that are compiled with the following question types:

  • Verbal Reasoning: Tests your ability to analyze and evaluate written material.
  • Quantitative Reasoning : Measures your abilities towards understanding, interpreting, and analyzing quantitative information and applying mathematical skills and concepts.
  • Analytical Writing: Measures your critical and analytical writing skills – your ability to articulate and support complex concepts in a clear and effective manner.

Learn more about the structure and content of the GRE from the official ETS website.


GRE Scoring System

SectionScore Scale
Verbal Reasoning130–170, in 1 point increments
Quantitative Reasoning130–170, in 1 point increments
Analytical Writing0–6, in half point increments

What is important to note is that the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections are “section-level adaptive”. This means that they are based on the test taker’s individual performance on the first section. The computer software will select the level of difficulty of the second section based on your first section capabilities.


When, Where, How?

The GRE is available at more than 1,000 test centers in more than 160 countries. To register, you’ll need to create a GRE Account at www.ets.org/mygre. The cost of the test as of Janary 5, 2015 is $195 worldwide.

In most regions of the world, the test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year. In area where computer delivered testing is not available, the paper-delivered test is available up to three times a year in October, November and February.


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