The Graduate Record Examination GRE® revised General Test is the most widely accepted graduate admissions test worldwide. The test measures students on verbal, quantitative and analytical writing skills. Data shows that scores on the GRE General Test accurately predicts graduate school students' grades and performance.
Many programs, especially those at large state schools, establish cut off points for GRE scores to limit the application pool, while others use GRE scores to directly determine how much financial support a student receives.
Purpose of the Examination
The GRE General Test is designed to provide graduate schools with a common measure for comparing the qualifications of applicants from varied backgrounds. In addition to using it as an admission criterion, schools often use GRE scores to determine a students’ eligibility for merit-based grants and fellowships, as well as teaching and research assistantships.
|Measure||Number of Questions||Allotted Time|
|Analytical Writing (One section with two separately timed tasks)||One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task||30 minutes per task|
|Verbal Reasoning(Two sections)||Approximately 20 questions per section||30 minutes per section|
|Quantitative Reasoning(Two sections)||Approximately 20 questions per section||35 minutes per section|
New Test Features
The GRE revised General Test design features advanced technology that allows a student to freely move forward and backward within a section. Specific features include:
GRE can be taken on weekdays from Monday to Friday at Thomson Prometric centers across the world. Fees
Test Fee: US$ 205 (Includes fee for reporting scores to 4 universities)
Scores for the GRE® revised General Test (tests taken on or after August 1, 2011)
|Measure||Number of Questions|
|Verbal Reasoning||130 – 170, in 1 point increments|
|Quantitative Reasoning||130 – 170, in 1 point increments|
|Analytical Writing||0 – 6, in half point increments|
The GRE® revised General Test Scores will be reported beginning November 2011. 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.
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