The Graduate Record Examination is a Standardized test that measures verbal,
mathematical and analytical skills. It is intended to help the graduate
schools (other than business schools) assess the potential of applicants for
advanced study. The GRE Test is developed and administered by the US-based
"Educational Testing Service" (ETS) under the direction of the Graduate
Record Examination Board , a non-profit organization of graduate business
test is conducted in two
categories - General GRE test and Subject GRE test. General GRE test is
conducted all-round-the-year. Unlike other exams, you can choose your own
date and time for taking the GRE Test. The test is administered in the
five-days-a-week (Monday through Friday), twice-a-day. September to December
is the high season for GRE Test, so in case you intend to take the test
during this period, you need to register very early (say 2-3 months in
advance) to get a date of your choice.
Anyone is eligible to appear in GRE General test. There are no restrictions
based on age or qualifications. The test scores are valid for five years,
accept scores up to five years old.
The GRE Subject test is meant to assess candidate's qualification in a
specific field of study. It is required mainly for Doctoral Study in the US
and is also required by some universities for Masters Level programs. GRE
Subject test is a written test and not a computer test like the General GRE
test. It is held thrice a year
The test is available in eight different areas:
1. Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
5. Literature in English
Test is only one of several
parameters which the graduate schools look at to determine the selection
of an applicant. A high GRE score alone does not translate into an
admission offer from a great school. But the test can be looked upon as
the first major hurdle to be cleared in the process of getting admission
into a Graduate school of your choice.
Test is developed and
administered by the US-based "Educational
Service" (ETS). ETS has the
provision of reporting your GRE scores to a maximum of four universities
of your choice, the cost of which is built into the fee you pay. You
have to indicate the four
universities where you wish a
copy of your GRE score to be sent.
The GRE Test results comprise four different scores: a total score, and
separate scores for Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing
Assessment sections. The total score is reported out of 1600 and the
sectional scores are out of 800. The Writing Assessment section is
scored separately on 6.
The standard scores for the Verbal Section and Quantitative Sections are
about 470 and 570 respectively. Scoring in Analytical Writing Assessment
part is not predictable and there are no standard measures. Two readers
will read each essay written by you, who will be authors or professors
hired to judge your
skills. Essays are judged for
their over all impact.
In addition to these scores, the score report also contains percents (%)
below. These "% below" indicate the percentage of examinees who scored
below you based on the scores of the entire GRE testing population for
the most recent three-year period. These percentages are important in
considering how an applicant for admission to a particular management
school compares with everyone in the specified period, with all other
applicants to the same school, and with students already enrolled at the
GRE Test Pattern
GRE General test checks the fundamental skills-Reasoning and
Comprehension included-and does not require any subject-specific
study. The test has
three distinct sections : Quantitative Section, Verbal Section and
Analytical Writing Assessment Section.
Quantitative Section: This section contains 28 questions on
Mathematics that are to be completed in 45 minutes. This difficulty
level of questions is comparable to Class X. Major topics include
Number Systems, Percentages, Fractions & Decimals,
Quadratic Equations), Geometry (including Basic Coordinate
Geometry), Ratio & Proportion, Area & Volume of 2-D and 3-D figures,
Verbal Section: This section contains 30 questions to be
attempted in 30 minutes. The verbal section requires a good
vocabulary level, and basic skills of grammatically correct English
coupled with reasoning and analysis. The questions consist of four
types : Antonyms, Analogies, Sentence Completion, and Reading
Comprehension. The four types are intermingled, with no fixed number
for each type.
Analytical Writing Assessment: The
assessment section requires you to write two short essays. The
first is the Issue task, in which you need to analyze the issue
presented and explain your views on it. For the Issue task, you will
be able to choose 1 of 2 essay topics selected by the computer from
the pool of topics. The time allotted is 45 minutes.
The second essay is Analysis of an Argument, in which a given
argument has to be critically analyzed and evaluated. The Argument
task does not offer a choice of topics; the computer will present
you with a single topic selected from the topic pool. The time
allotted is 30 minutes.
GRE exam requires a minimum of three months of focused preparation.
Practice is the key to get a good score in GRE. There are many
centers where the candidate can register and take Mock
to get a feel of
A good score in GRE is not the 'only criteria' of getting admission in
the graduate school. Different schools follow different formula in
weighing GRE scores to admit the candidates in the schools. For example
some schools give more weightage to writing skills of the candidate in
specific topic in addition to good GRE score. Keeping this fact in your
mind, you need to perform well in all the sections of GRE exam.
Almost all the schools give high weightage to 'Analytical writing'
section of GRE exam. Hence, do not ignore the
writing part of the test,
though you may be good in Verbal and Quantitative Section.
Avoid guesswork in your answers. GRE-CAT is designed in such a way that
a candidate cannot 'revert' or 'return back' to a question like
paper-version exams. So when the candidate clicks on the 'click-box'
that will be his or her final answer. So, avoiding guesswork will always
put you on safer side.
Avoid wasting time on answering single question or getting stuck-up with
specific question for more time. If you don't know the answer of a
particular question, move on to the next question.
Plan your preparation schedule and stick to the plan without any
excuses. Consistency in preparation and regular practice is the key to
success. Have faith in your ability and do not loose your cool at any