A standardized test, the Graduate Record Examination measures Verbal, Mathematical and Analytical Writing skills. The test intends to aid Graduate Schools (of all fields other than business) assess the potential of the applicants for advanced study. Most universities in the US, while inviting applications from prospective students, ask for GRE® scores.
The examination is entirely a Computer-based Test, and no two students get an identical set of questions. The test is scored on a maximum of 340. The GRE® Score alone cannot guarantee admission into a school - the test is only one of the major factors taken into consideration in the long process of an applicant getting admitted into a graduate school that he/she desires.
The GRE® test has three parts - Quantitative, Verbal and Analytical Writing Assessment. The following is the GRE® test structure:
An unidentified unscored section may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. It is not counted as part of your score.
An identified research section that is not scored may be included, and it is always at the end of the test.
The US-based "Educational Testing Service" (ETS), which works under the direction of the Graduate Record Examination Board, develops and administers the GRE®. ETS is responsible for setting questions, conducting the test and sending score reports to each examinee. For detailed information about GRE®, please refer to the official website of GRE® – www.gre.org
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The GRE is the only admissions test that is accepted by both graduate and business programs worldwide. Scores are valid for five years. So, even if you don't know your direction now, you have time to explore and decide.
A GRE appointment costs USD 205. At the time of taking the test, you can choose to send your scores to 4 schools/programs. This facility is a part of the USD 205 fee that is charged for the test. In case you have cancelled your score on exam-day, you can reinstate it within 60 days by paying an additional charge of USD 50. Visit www.ets.org to book an appointment.
GRE can be taken 5 times in a calendar year and the duration between two attempts should be a minimum of 21 calendar days.
Your GRE score is valid for 5 years from the date the test is taken.
You will get quantitative and verbal section scores the moment you finish the exam but official scores (with scores for AWA) will take about 7-10 days to reach you.
Right before you begin the GRE, you may select up to 4 programs to receive your Official Score Report. If you did not select any GRE schools to receive your scores on the day of your exam, or if you would like to send your scores to more than 4 schools, you may order Additional Score Reports to be sent to schools online, by phone, by fax, or by mail for a fee of USD 27. When you order an Additional Score Report to be sent to a school, you will also receive a copy.
While sending Additional Score Reports to universities, you can choose the scores that you want the universities to receive.
If the test registration is cancelled 4 days before the test date, 50% of the fees will be refunded. After that, there will be no refunds. So, it's advisable for students to reschedule rather to cancel.
The test date and test center can be changed up to 4 days before of the scheduled date by paying a fee of USD 50.
It is one of the various criteria that the admissions council looks at. However, a good GRE score does improve your chances of getting admission and financial aid. In addition to the General GRE, some PhD programs in the US may also require you to take the GRE Subject test.