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GRE Eligibility


Who should take the GRE

Students who aspire to do their MS, MBA, or JD programs in selected Law Schools  take the GRE test. GRE score is not only accepted in USA, but also in other countries. It gives a leverage to the students in the MS program admission.

Basic criteria

There is no eligibility criterion for writing the GRE.  The student should be able to prove his or her own credentials. For an Indian student, the passport is the accepted proof of credential. There is no age bar for taking the GRE.  Hence, students can plan the post-graduation program even after a few years of work experience in their field of interest.

University prerequisites

In addition to the GRE eligibility criteria, there is also a prerequisite of the college or University that the students are aspiring to apply. Each University and college has its own precondition that must be met. It would be ideal that a GRE test taker shortlist his or her 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. The top-notch universities require high scores for both verbal and quantitative reasoning. The precondition rests on the field of study and the university. There is also a basic score requirement for the Analytical Writing section.

Therefore, the next question that arises is how many times can one take the GRE? GRE can be taken up to a maximum of 5 times in a calendar year in intervals of 21 days and the number of attempts is inclusive of canceled scores.

Consequence of a low GRE Score

The major drawback of a low GRE score is the F1-visa clearance. Even if a university accepts the application, during the visa interview, the visa officer might inquire about how many universities the student has applied to and how many of them have accepted his or her application. A low GRE score might give an indication that the student is more interested in migrating to the US than in pursuing higher studies. Consequently, he may be issued the 214B or Potential Immigrant status resulting in rejection of visa application.

Important information for GRE test takers:

  • Test takers need to create a GRE account on to book a test date
  • The first name, last name, and date of birth given at the time of registration has to match with the identification proof presented by the test taker on the day of the test.
  • In India the only identification proof accepted at a GRE test center is a valid passport.
  • Unless the passport is valid on the day of the test the test taker will not be allowed to take the GRE.
  • Test takers can register for the GRE if they have applied for a passport or plan to apply for one before taking the GRE.