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Why GRE ?

Why GRE?

GRE stands for Graduate Record Examination. The GRE is administered by the ETS. Admissions teams evaluating applicants to graduate programs use GRE scores as a key factor in considering an applicant’s qualifications along with other factors such as undergraduate performance and work experience. 

Who takes the GRE ?

The GRE is usually taken by students interested in pursuing mostly non-management programs.  These days there are a few management programs that also accept the GRE score as evaluation criteria.

What is tested on the GRE ?

The GRE measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills

What is the structure of the GRE?

The GRE consists of four sections of which one will be an experimental section. Unfortunately you will not know which of the four sections is the experimental section.

Analytical Writing
Verbal
Math
Experimental section

How is the GRE scored?

The GRE test is a computer-adaptive-test (CAT). If you answer the first question correctly, the computer chooses a more difficult question as the next one. It also works the other way. If you answer the first question incorrectly, the computer chooses an easier question as the next one. Generally, the difficulty level of the next question matches your current score.

How many times can I take the GRE?

You can take the GRE (computer-based and/or paper-based) not more than once every 31 calendar days and no more than five times in a 12-month period. This applies even if you cancelled your score on an earlier test.

Will a low score in one attempt affect my score in subsequent attempts?

Your score report includes all test results achieved in the last five years. Therefore, the institutes that your scores are sent to will have access to all your scores and it is up to them whether or not to consider your older/lower scores as well as your most recent one.

Although most universities consider your highest score, it is best to write to the universities you have shortlisted to learn their policy on multiple scores.

How is the GRE scored?

The verbal and quantitative sections of the computer-based test are computer adaptive. Your score is affected by the number of number of questions correctly answered in the time allotted. For the verbal and quantitative sections of the paper-based test, a score is calculated based on the number of correctly answered questions. Then, the difference in difficulty among the different test editions is taken in account through a process known as equating.

There is a single score for the analytical writing section, which is computed as the average of scores from two readers. They give more importance to your critical thinking and analytical writing skills, rather than overblown language.

How long is the GRE score valid?

Your GRE score is valid for five years. Some schools might want a more recent score.

Again, this is specific to your university. Please write to your university to find their specific policy regarding this.

How can I book a date for the GRE?

You can register for the GRE Computer-based General Test or the GRE Paper-based General Test at ets.org.

Where can I take the GRE?

Please go to ets.org to find a list of testing centers. You can also register for the GRE and make a test appointment, choose a date and location.

What are the fees for the GRE?

From July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009, the fee for the GRE General test is $170 in all locations except the U.S., U.S. Territories, Puerto Rico, China (including Hong Kong), Korea, and Taiwan. In the US, US territories and Puerto Rico the fee is $140 and in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea the fee is $195.

More details about preferred forms of payment can be found at ets.org.

Can I change the date of my exam?

You can reschedule or cancel your GRE test appointment 10 full days prior to your test appointment (not including the day of your test or the day of your request) and the cost of the change is half of your original test fee.

More details about preferred forms of payment can be found at ets.org

How many schools can I send my scores to?

For the computer- based general test, score reports are mailed to you and up to four institutions that you choose on the test day approximately 10 to 15 days after you take the test. If you do not select score recipients on the test day, you must pay $15 per recipient to have scores sent at a later date. Similarly, for the paper-based general test, score reports are mailed to you and up to four designated institutions approximately four to six weeks after your test date. If you do not select score recipients during registration, or on your admission ticket correction stub, you must pay $15 per recipient to have scores sent at a later date.

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