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Graduate Record Exam

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 2nd April, 2021
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The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a computer-based standardized test that is designed and controlled by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Along with the USA, UK, Canada, and Germany, more than 180 other countries conduct the GRE.

The content of the GRE consists of certain specific algebra, geometry, arithmetic, and vocabulary sections. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based exam administered at testing centers and institution-owned or authorized by Prometric.

Exam Highlights

Level of Exam Graduate, International Level
Exam Medium English
Exam Frequency In most regions of the world, the computer-delivered test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year.
Purpose of the Exam Intended to assess analytical writing, quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning for admissions to master’s and doctoral degree programs in various universities
Conducting Body Educational Testing Services (ETS)
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GRE General Test Exam Eligibity Criteria

  1. Nationality
  2. Any student can apply for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) irrespective of the country he/she comes from. As the Exam is conducted globally, there is no such eligibility criteria or restriction in terms of nationality. A candidate has to produce a document prescribed by GRE as an identity proof when appearing for the GRE exam.

  3. Educational Qualification
    • GRE has no minimum or maximum academic qualification to appear for the test as it does not offer any course.
    • However, candidates who wish to pursue a Master’s or specialized Master’s degree in business, MBA, law, or a doctoral degree should comply with the specific qualification stated by the country-wise institutes where students can apply using their GRE scores.

  4. Age Limit
    • There is no upper or lower age limit to appear in the GRE Exam.
    • However, since GRE is an assessment test for admission to graduate courses, candidates are expected to have successfully completed their undergraduate program or in the final year of the undergraduate program.

  5. Restrictions on Attempts
    • The candidate may take the exam no more than five times within a rolling 12-month period.
    • The candidate must wait at least 21 days after you take the exam before you can take it again.
    • This applies even if a candidate cancelled his/her scores on a test taken previously.
    • A candidate may take the paper-delivered GRE General Test as often as it is offered.
    • The scores of the GRE General Test is valid for five years.

GRE General Test Exam Important Dates

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
  • The GRE exam is conducted round the year across the world so that students can enroll whenever they feel prepared to take up the test.
  • In Mainland China; Hong Kong, China; Taiwan and Korea, the computer-delivered test is available up to three times per month.
  • In areas of the world where computer-delivered testing is not available, the paper-delivered test is available up to two times a year in November and February.

GRE General Test Exam Pattern

The GRE General Test is divided into three sections viz. Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. Marks for all the sections are separately allotted. The Exam is conducted in two modes- Computer-delivered and Paper-delivered.

Duration for the Computer-delivered GRE General Test is about three hours and forty-five minutes. A ten-minute break is provided after the third section of the test.

The scores for the GRE General Test are given below:

  • Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning score reported on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments
  • Analytical Writing score reported on a 0–6 score scale, in half-point increments

Pattern for GRE General Test (Computer Delivered)

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Analytical Writing
  • One section
  • Two separately timed 30 minute tasks
  • Merit Ranking Nature 2 Descriptive 60 mins
    2 Verbal Reasoning
  • Two 30-minute sections
  • 20 questions in each section
  • Merit Ranking Nature 40 Objective (Multiple Choice) 60 mins
    3 Quantitative Reasoning
  • Two 35-minute sections
  • 20 questions in each section
  • Merit Ranking Nature 40 Objective (Multiple Choice) 70 mins
    4 Unscored

    Varies

    No Effect
    5 Research

    Varies

    No Effect

    Pattern for GRE General Test (Paper Delivered)

    Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
    1 Analytical Writing
  • Two sections
  • Two separately timed 30 minute tasks
  • Merit Ranking Nature 2 Descriptive 60 mins
    2 Verbal Reasoning
  • Two 35-minute sections
  • 25 questions in each section
  • Merit Ranking Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 70 mins
    3 Quantitative Reasoning
  • Two 40-minute sections
  • 25 questions in each section
  • Merit Ranking Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 80 mins

    GRE General Test Exam Syllabus

    Syllabus for GRE General Test (Computer Delivered)

    1 Analytical Writing

    Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, including the ability to articulate and support complex ideas, support ideas with relevant reasons and examples, and examine claims and accompanying evidence. It includes Analyze an Issue and Analyze an Argument

    2 Verbal Reasoning

    Measures the ability to analyze and draw conclusions from discourse, reason from incomplete data, understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author’s intent, summarize text, distinguish major from minor points, understand the meaning of words, sentences and entire texts, and understand relationships among words and among concepts. There is an emphasis on complex verbal reasoning skills.

    3 Quantitative Reasoning

    Measures the ability to understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information, solve problems using mathematical models, and apply the basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis. There is an emphasis on quantitative reasoning skills.

    4 Unscored

    An unidentified unscored section that does not count toward your score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section.

    5 Research

    A research question may replace the unscored section in the GRE exam pattern. This section is identified and always placed at the end. Again, the research question will have no impact on candidates’ overall score, its purpose is to assist ETS’s research.

    Syllabus for GRE General Test (Paper Delivered)

    1 Analytical Writing

    Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, including the ability to articulate and support complex ideas, support ideas with relevant reasons and examples, and examine claims and accompanying evidence. It includes Analyze an Issue and Analyze an Argument.

    2 Verbal Reasoning

    Measures the ability to analyze and draw conclusions from discourse, reason from incomplete data, understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author’s intent, summarize text, distinguish major from minor points, understand the meaning of words, sentences and entire texts, and understand relationships among words and among concepts. There is an emphasis on complex verbal reasoning skills.

    3 Quantitative Reasoning

    Measures the ability to understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information, solve problems using mathematical models, and apply the basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis. There is an emphasis on quantitative reasoning skills.

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