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The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a challenging admission test that is widely used by universities to assess the aptitude of candidates for graduate-level study. It is one of the most commonly accepted entrance examinations amongst universities, and remains an essential admission requirement for Master’s, PhD, and MBA programmes across top universities. Administered by the Educational Testing System (ETS), the GRE exam consists of the General Test and Subject Tests. In most cases, an applicant will be required to take the GRE General Test, while Subject Tests can be taken additionally to display their knowledge and/or expertise in a particular subject. However, some programs do require applicants to necessarily take a GRE Subject Test. Applicants, therefore, should ensure that they are aware of their target schools’ requirements.
GRE Format and Registration
The GRE exam consists of three sections : Verbal Reasoning, Analytical Writing, and Quantitative Reasoning, and the total time duration of the exam is 3 hours 45 minutes. The GRE test is available in two formats — Paper-based and Computer-based. Applicants can choose one format that is convenient for them. Besides, the GRE exam dates are available all round the year and candidates can take it any day of the year, after registering on the official website. To register, first applicants need to create an account on the official GRE website, post which they need to fill in their basic details such as name, phone number, address, etc. Applicants are then required to enter the location preference, select the exam date, and pay an exam fee of $205. The fee for GRE in India is about 15,335 INR (approximately). This is subject to change according to the dollar exchange rates.
Three modes of registration are available for the applicants:
- Online Registration
The maximum score achievable in the GRE exam is 340, and the score validity is 5 years. If an applicant is not satisfied with their GRE score, they can reattempt the test. However, there should be a gap of 21 days between the re-attempts, and applicants can retake the exam for a maximum of 5 times a year. The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning section of the GRE is scored on a scale of 130-170, and the score range of Analytical Writing is 0-6.
Frequently Asked Questions
There is no basic eligibility criteria that applicants have to meet as such to appear for the GRE 2021 exam. Applicants can take the exam irrespective of their age, nationality, academic qualification etc. All they need to have is a valid ID proof to validate your identity. However, the universities might list some eligibility criteria as part of the admission process. Candidates who have a good academic record, and a few years of work experience might get preference during the admission process.