GRE: The Gateway to Higher Studies

If you are a dreamer and your dream is to study in a top US graduate school, GRE is the way to go. A quality higher education is the first step towards a successful future for many aspiring individuals around the world. Studying at a reputed school in the US or UK provides just that by opening endless doors to myriad career opportunities.

What is GRE?

GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is a standardized test organized by the Education Testing Services. This test score helps in admissions for most US and UK graduate schools. If you wish to pursue a master’s degree in a top Ivy League college, you will need high scores in the GRE exam. The GRE test supplements your undergraduate scores, recommendation letter, and other credentials. A high GRE score has the potential to put you on top of the applicant’s list.

Who takes GRE?

A large number of applicants on this test are either headed for business studies or law. Almost all students who are interested in masters, MBA, specialized masters in business, J.D degree, or a doctoral degree take the GRE General Test.

Moreover, students applying for other master’s degree (such as engineering or science studies) also take the General Test or the GRE Subjects test to highlight their knowledge in specific subjects.

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Who Accepts GRE Scores?

Many top schools across the US and UK accept GRE scores. The list includes top names such as Harvard, Stanford, London Business School, and Oxford University.

GRE Pattern:

The GRE question pattern is divided into 3 sections:

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Analytical writing

Verbal reasoning: The verbal reasoning section tests the applicant’s vocabulary and grammar. This is divided into 2 sections consisting of 20 questions in each segment and each section is allotted a maximum time limit of 30 minutes.

Quantitative reasoning: This section tests the applicant’s knowledge with date and numbers. This is divided into 2 sections with a time limit of 35 minutes allotted per section. The applicant has to analyze the problems and solve them by employing various mathematical formulas and models.
Analytical writing: This section examines the applicant’s ability to write essays; analyze various texts, arguments, discussions and; provide judgments or analysis on the same.

One question is to identify a task and the other is to identify an issue and ideally, each question is allotted 30 minutes.

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GRE Score:

The GRE scores are declared within 10-15 days after the scheduled exam date.

A candidate is scored as follows:

For verbal reasoning: on a scale of 130-170

For quantitative reasoning: on a scale of 130-170

For analytical writing: on a scale of 0-6

Generally, the GRE score ranges between 280-340. An ideal GRE score would be around 320 or above, to enable a candidate to apply to the topmost schools in the world.

What Does the Test Check?

The General test measures the following in a student:

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Qualitative reasoning
  • Analytical writing

The GRE General Test is supposed to analyse your capabilities in critical and analytical thinking since that is expected of students on a graduate level.

GRE Subject test is taken to get special recognition in a specific subject; a useful tool to have in your armoury.

Note: Applicants are allowed to take the test multiple times. One can choose the best test score and submit only that with the school application.

How to Register for GRE?

Applicants can either apply online or request a mail package. Find all information about GRE exam details online.
Important Information:

All you need to know about GRE exam:

  • Test: Online test can be taken every 21 days (5 times in a 12 month period), while offline tests happen 3 times every year.
  • Location: 160 countries have the GRE test available.
  • Preparation: Practice with the help of the GRE preparation course available online. You can find the complete syllabus for GRE, preparation guide, and mock tests.
  • Cost: $205 (can vary for different regions and applicants of special needs)

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