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Eligibility Criteria for the GRE


Who Should Take the GRE?


  • Those aspiring to pursue MS, MBA or JD program (JD program for selected Law schools) should consider taking the GRE. GRE scores are not only accepted in USA, but also in several other countries. It gives leverage to students applying for the MS program in any country


Basic Eligibility Criterion

  • There is no basic eligibility criterion for writing the GRE. You should be able to prove your own credentials. For Indian students, the passport is the accepted proof of credential.


  • The good news is that there is no age bar for taking the GRE. Thus, in case you plan to pursue your post-graduation program later, after acquiring a few years of work experience, you can still consider taking the GRE.


How Many Times Can You Take the GRE?

  • GRE can be taken up to a maximum of five times in a calendar year in intervals of 21 days and the number of attempts is inclusive of cancelled scores.


University Requirements for the GRE

  • In addition to the GRE eligibility criteria, there is also a minimum GRE score requirement of the college or university to which you aspire to apply; please note that some universities/colleges may not have a minimum score requirement.
  • Thus, the ideal steps that you should undertake is to first shortlist your universities and then work with the eligibility criteria. Some universities may mandate a high Quantitative score, while others may mandate a high Verbal Reasoning score, depending on your chosen program.
  • The top-notch universities usually require high scores for Verbal and Quantitative reasoning as well as for Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA).


What If You Get a Low GRE Score?

  • The biggest consequence will be the F1-visa rejection.
  • Even if a university accepts your application with a low GRE score, during the visa stage, the visa officer could inquire about how many universities you have applied to and how many of them have accepted your application. A low GRE score might give him an indication that you are more interested in permanently migrating to the US than in pursuing higher studies. Consequently, you may be issued the 214B or Potential Immigrant status resulting in rejection of visa application.


Quick Info for GRE Test Takers

  • In order to book your test date, you need to create a GRE account on the ETS website
  • In India the only identification document accepted at a GRE test centre is a valid passport.
  • Your First Name, Last Name, and Date of Birth given at the time of registration should match with the identification proof presented by you on test day.
  • Unless your passport is valid as of test day, you will not be allowed to take the GRE
  • You can still register for the GRE if you have applied for a passport or plan to apply for one before taking the test.