What is GRE? All About GRE Test



What is Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized general test that is used as a requirement for admission for most graduate schools in the United States.

The purpose of GRE is to test and measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of learning.

The GRE is owned and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS).The test was established in 1936 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Who is to take GRE General Test?

Any prospective students who is interested in pursuing a master’s, MBA, specialized master’s in business or doctoral degree in the US or in some other part of the world can take the GRE General Test.


Who Accepts GRE General Test?

The GRE General Test is accepted at thousands of graduate and professional business schools as well as departments and divisions within these schools. Applicants for graduate school courses are usually asked to submit the GRE test results together with other undergraduate records as part of the application/admission process.


GRE General Test Structure

The computer-based GRE General Test consists of six sections.

The first section is always comprises of Analytical Writing Section which consists of two different essays, an “issue task” and an “argument task“. This test is graded on a scale of 0 – 6 which the taker will use 30 minutes to answer the question for each essay task.

The next five sections consist of two Verbal Reasoning Sections, two Quantitative Reasoning Sections, and either an Experimental or Research Section.

  • Verbal Reasoning Sections: The computer-based verbal sections test student reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and vocabulary usage. The verbal test is scored on a scale of 130-170. Each verbal reasoning section consists of 20 questions to be completed in 30 minutes.
  • Quantitative Reasoning Sections: The computer-based quantitative sections assess basic high school level mathematical knowledge and reasoning skills. The quantitative test is scored on a scale of 130–170. Each quantitative section consists of 20 questions to be completed in 35 minutes.
  • Experimental or Research Section: This section can be either verbal or quantitative. Although the experimental section does not count towards the test-taker’s final score but is not distinguished from the scored sections.


GRE General Test Duration

The total testing time for the computer-delivered test is around 3 hours and 45 minutes, which includes 1-minute breaks after each section and a 10-minute break after third section.


GRE General Test Scores

The GRE general test scoring scale was changed to a 130 – 170 scale in 1-point increments (Before August 2011 the scale was 200 – 800, in 10-point increments). and the average score falls somewhere around 150-152

Scores Reported on the GRE® General Test

Sections Score Scale
Verbal Reasoning 130 – 170, in 1 point increments
Quantitative Reasoning 130 – 170, in 1 point increments
Analytical Writing 0 – 6, in half point increments

Any section in which you answer no questions at all will be reported as a No Score (NS).


How Long is GRE Scores / Grade Valid?

The GRE general test scores valid for only 5 years.


How Many Times Can One Take GRE Test?

GRE General Test can be taken once every 21 days, up to 5 times in a year, 12-month period (365 days). (Also applies even if candidate cancels scores on a test taken previously). If you take the paper-delivered GRE revised general test, you can take it as often as it is offered.


Fees for GRE General Tests

Fees are stated in U.S. dollars. Fees effective July 1, 2017.

Standard Test Administration – GRE® General Test
Australia $230
China $220.70
Nigeria $220
Turkey $255
All other areas of the world $205


How to Register for GRE General Tests

The GRE General Test is available at more than 1,000 test centers in more than 160 countries. You can register online or by phone. If online you can register the test with a valid credit or debit card — American Express®, Discover®, JCB®, MasterCard® or VISA®. Note: American Express, Discover, JCB and MasterCard are NOT accepted for testing in Nigeria; only VISA and PayPal are accepted.

How you register may vary depending on where you will be tested. But I recommend you to visit any recognized tests registration center in your location for easy and smooth registration.


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Article by Nicholas

Nicholas Babatunde Lateef is a Blogger and Career Builder (Business and Educational Consultant). He is the Founder and CEO of MyEduGist. He has the passion to provide useful and quality update about Education, Examinations and Scholarships worldwide. You can also like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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