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    GRE Exam

    The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test that is required to be taken by students seeking admission to graduate schools. The exam has been developed to evaluate the verbal, analytical and mathematical skills of the candidates. GRE is a computer-based test and has a user-friendly design. Individuals applying to graduate schools in order to pursue a Masters of Science (MS) or MBA are required to take the exam.

    GRE also has subject tests, apart from the basic GRE exam. These subject tests help to make your application stand out from the rest by highlighting your subject knowledge and skill-level of a particular subject. Each subject test is intended for those students who have a bachelor's degree in the particular disciplines. The subject tests being offered currently are Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Literature, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology.

    If you are applying for MS courses in the US in particular, remember that colleges don’t have minimum ‘cutoff’ marks required for admission. However, you still need to have an idea about average GRE scores across Top US universities.

    GRE Exam Fee

    The application fee for GRE General Test is $205 worldwide, which would roughly translate to Rs. 13,500 to Rs. 14,500 approximately.

    GRE Subject Test costs $150 worldwide, which would cost Indian students Rs. 10,000 to 11,000 approximately.

    GRE Eligibility

    There are no specific eligibility criteria for the GRE exam. Anyone can register for this exam, irrespective of age or qualifications. The only thing you need to keep in mind is the fact that you will be required to produce your original passport as proof of identity at the exam center, so make sure that you have a valid passport before you register for the GRE exam.

    GRE Pattern

    GRE exam pattern is as follow- three sections, namely, Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. The Analytical Writing section will always be the first, whereas, the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and unscored sections may appear in any order. The writing section has two tasks and you have 30 minutes to complete each task, making the total time for this section to be one hour. Verbal section has to be completed within one hour as well as both the two sections require 30 minutes each. Same goes for quantitative section, where you get 35 minutes for the two sections. Here we cover the GRE General test pattern.

    Here is the GRE paper pattern -

    Section No. of Questions Duration
    Analytical Writing
    (One section with two separately timed tasks)
    One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task 30 minutes per task
    Verbal Reasoning
    (Two sections)
    20 questions per section 30 minutes per section
    Quantitative Reasoning
    (Two sections)
    20 questions per section 35 minutes per section
    GRE Scores and Results

    Verbal Reasoning score: On a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments Quantitative Reasoning score: On a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments Analytical Writing score: On a 0–6 score scale, in half-point increments GRE total score: On a 260–340 score scale.

    GRE Score Validity - The total scores are valid for five years after the year in which you took the exam.

    You need to have some idea about how the scoring pattern works to better understand how your GRE score will be calculated.

    Section Score Range Mean*
    Verbal Reasoning 130–170 150
    Quantitative Reasoning 130–170 152
    Analytical Writing 0–6 3.6
    Total 260–340  
    GRE Result

    Your official test scores will be available in your account on the GRE website. They will be sent to the universities of your choice within six weeks of your test date. You will receive an email from ETS that your official GRE result is available in your account.

    GRE Dates

    Like other international standardized exams, there are no fixed official GRE dates and you can choose any date according to your convenience and availability. The exam date that you choose should be at least two months before your first application deadline.

    So if the deadline for your application is November, you should choose a test date for September. If you feel the need to retake GRE exam, you can take it in October again. So you need to make a judicious decision about when you need to start preparing for GRE.

    GRE Preparation Tips

    If money is a consideration and one is quite confident of being able to prepare well without supervision, then self-study may be the better option to prepare for GRE. You could save money on personal tuitions and classes, but you need to keep in mind other factors too. To be able to study on your own effectively, you need few good books and resource for GRE, along with motivation and self-discipline.

    On the other hand, if time is a constraint and one needs professional guidance to ensure the competitive edge in GRE exam preparation, then coaching classes are the better option. You will have access to a better resource of study materials and will have a team of experts guiding you. Your time will be better managed as being regular to classes will become part of your routine. Moreover, being around other students will increase your motivation levels.

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