The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most graduate schools in the United States, Canada, Singapore, Germany and many other countries. Created and administered by the Educational Testing Service(ETS) in 1949, the exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not entirely based on any specific field of study outside of the GRE itself. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based exam administered at Prometric testing centers.
- Verbal Reasoning: Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.
- Quantitative Reasoning: Measures problem-solving ability using basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
- Analytical Writing: Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.
- Structure of the Computer-delivered Test
|Measure||Number of Questions||Allotted Time|
(One section with two separately timed tasks)
|One “Analyze an Issue” task and one “Analyze an Argument” task||30 minutes per task|
|20 questions per section||30 minutes per section|
|20 questions per section||35 minutes per section|
Send Only Your Best Scores!
GRE tests all provide the ScoreSelect option, which means you can take a GRE test once now, or again in the future, and only send the GRE test scores from whichever test date(s) you want schools to see. Best of all, you always have five years to decide. Here’s how it works:
On test day, when viewing your scores at the test center*, you can choose not to send your scores at this time OR you can select either option below for each of your four FREE score reports:
- Most Recent option — Send your scores from your current test administration.
- All option — Send your scores from all General Test administrations in the last five years.
After test day, you can send additional score reports for a fee and select from these options for each report you’d like to send:
- Most Recent option – Send your scores from your most recent test administration.
- All option – Send your scores from all test administrations in the last five years.
- Any option – Send your scores from one OR as many test administrations as you like from the last five years.
No matter which option you choose:
- You will select by specific test dates, so your scores are all from the same testing session.
- The schools you designate will only see the scores that you selected to send them. There will be no special indication if you have taken additional GRE tests.
Validity of Test: 5 years
Fees: USD 200