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.
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.
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.