About the GRE® Test

GRE is a standardized test for admissions into graduate schools in the US. It is mandatory for most students aspiring for Masters or PhD (other than in Law or Medicine) in several universities in the US. The GRE revised General Test is accepted at thousands of graduate and business schools as well as departments and divisions within these schools.

The GRE revised General Test is available at about 700 test centers. In most regions of the world, the computer-based test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year.

GRE today is increasingly accepted by several business schools. A thorough preparation for the GRE is a must for applicants desiring to study at internationally recognized schools abroad.

GRE General Test is administered by ETS. In addition to GRE General Test, ETS also offers GRE Subject Tests. The General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study.

About the sections

Analytical Writing Section – analysis of an issue task and analysis of an argument task

Verbal Reasoning Sections – includes reading comprehension, text completion, and sentence equivalence questions

Quantitative Reasoning Sections  – includes quantitative comparisons, multiple choices questions with one answers, multiple choice questions with one or more than one answers, and numeric entry questions

Un-scored/Research Sections – In addition to the above section, a test taker gets an unidentified un-scored section (aka experimental section) or an identified Research section. 


Why should I take the GRE?

GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study.

When is it offered?

The GRE revised General Test is given year-round at computer-based test centers in most locations around the world. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

How many times can one take the GRE?

You can take the GRE revised General Test (computer-based and paper-based) once every 21 days, but no more than five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period. This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously.

How long is it?

The test is around 3 hours 45 minutes.

How is the GRE designed?

GRE is now a multi-stage or adaptive by section test. This means that how you perform on the first verbal reasoning section will determine the difficulty level of the second verbal reasoning section. The same goes for math.

What are unscored and research sections?

An unidentified unscored section may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. It doesn’t count toward the test score. An identified research section that is not scored may be included in place of an unscored section, and it is always at the end of the test.

What is the test order?

The Analytical Writing sections will always be the first, while the other five sections may appear in any order.

How is the GRE scored?

The verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE are scored between 130 and 170 in one point increments. The AWA section is scored on a scale from 0 to 6 in half point increments.

How long is my test score valid?

The GRE scores are valid for 5 years.


GRE is a registered trademark of the Educational Testing Service (ETS), which is not affiliated with The Princeton Review.

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