GRE Eligibility Criteria 2021

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Why you should take the GRE exam?

Are you a student aspiring to pursue an MS or MBA? If yes, then you must consider taking the GRE. GRE scores are not only accepted in the USA, but also in several other countries. It gives leverage to students applying for the MS program in any country.

GRE exam eligibility criteria 2021?

Are you applying for GRE? The very first thing is to find the GRE exam eligibility criteria for admission in the institutes and universities abroad. You need to check if your dream university accepts the GRE scores. After fulfilling the GRE exam eligibility criteria of the program or the university, you should go for the GRE registration process to take the GRE General Test. You must note that the eligibility criteria of each university/institute are different therefore it is suggested to refer to the eligibility criteria of the university you are planning to apply for.

You must know that the GRE exam eligibility criteria are the same for both the tests conducted by ETS such as the computer-based test and paper-based one. However, the pattern of both these exam types varies and so is their syllabus. The computer-based test is the most opted for, in areas where it is available. Candidates with a disability and other health needs can also appear for the exam, however, the GRE eligibility criteria are the same but you might face a variation in its registration process.

Acronym GRE facts
GRE eligibility criteria  specific GRE test eligibility criteria to pursue postgraduate programs
Test type GRE General (Aptitude) GRE Subject (Subjective)
Test duration 3 hours 45 minutes
Test sections Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing
GRE score 130 – 170 ( per section) Analytical writing: 1–6

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University requirements for the GRE Exam

In order to help you plan better for your GRE exam, let us help you understand the university requirements for the GRE test.

  • 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 are shortlisting your universities and then work with the GRE eligibility criteria. Some universities may mandate high Quantitative scores, 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).


Some important points about GRE exam :

  1. There is no age restriction.
  2. Anyone can take the examination. You need not be a graduate or have any other qualifications.
  3. The examination is generally taken by students who wish to pursue their masters or their Ph.D. These courses require that you have an undergraduate degree.
  4. Test-takers must have a valid passport while taking the examination. Without a valid passport, the examination cannot be given


To understand the test more, here are the test sections listed for GRE 2020:

GRE conducted by ETS is taken at not less than 1000 test centers across the globe in 160 countries.

For the Computer-delivered test:

Verbal Reasoning: Two 30-minute sections – 20 questions per section.

Analytical Writing: One section with two separately timed writing tasks – 30 minutes per task.

Quantitative Reasoning: Two 30-minute sections – 20 questions per section.

For the Paper-delivered test:

Verbal Reasoning: Two 35-minute sections – 25 questions per section.

Analytical Writing: Two sections, each with one writing task – 30 minutes per section.

Quantitative Reasoning: Two 40-minute sections – 25 questions per section.

GRE Test Score Validity?

The scores acquired by you are valid for five years.

Once you have gained your GRE score, your scores are sent to the selection panels of various universities for your enrolment. Your score will be considered by these universities along with your other documents such as undergraduate results, recommendation letters, and records of other courses or degrees pursued.


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Can I give GRE after the 12th?

Yes, you can. But remember the GRE score will be valid only for five years.

What is the age limit to take the GRE?

There is no age limit for taking the GRE exam.

What are the GRE exam requirements?

A valid international debit/credit card is required to book the exam. To take this test, a candidate only needs to hold a valid ID passport. The passport must not be an expired one and it must have a recent photo of the candidate. The spelling of the test-takers name and the name written in the passport must be the same.

What are the GRE exam eligibility criteria?

There are no GRE eligibility criteria for taking the exam. Anyone can register for the exam irrespective of age or qualifications. You have to carry the admission ticket and accepted ID on the day of the test.

Is there any qualification requirement for GRE?

There are no qualification requirements for the GRE exam. Anyone can register for the GRE exam irrespective of age or qualifications.

Is graduation necessary to attempt the GRE?

Completion of under graduation is not necessary to take the GRE, but you must have completed the UG before joining the Grad school.

What are the eligibility criteria for GRE Subject Tests?

There are no specific eligibility requirements for taking the GRE Subject Tests.

How many times can I appear for the GRE?

You can take the GRE as many times as you want in your lifetime. In a rolling period of 12 months, you can take the test 5 times with a gap of 21 days between two tests.

What is the eligibility for an Indian student to attempt the GRE test?

An Indian student has to carry a valid passport while taking the GRE test.