The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a systematized test created and conducted by the Educational Testing Service, commonly known as ETS, that is designed to analyze the overall academic readiness of students for graduate school. Some graduate programs demand that students take not only the general test but also a GRE Subject Test that measures technical knowledge related to a specific discipline like physics, psychology, or mathematics. The test was ingrained in 1936 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
There are 2 types of GRE Academic exam
The GRE General Test analyses Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Ability, and Analytical Writing Skills of the student. Most universities accept the general test score and most of the students opt for this test. The GRE General Test is conducted all around the year and students can choose the date of the exam at their own convenience
The GRE Subject Test analyses the student’s achievement in a particular subject. This test is conducted for the following subjects – Biochemistry (Cell and Molecular Biology), Biology, Chemistry, Literature (English), Maths, Physics, and Psychology. GRE Subject Test is conducted on a fixed date for everyone like an entrance exam. This test is required for specialized courses.
There is no specific qualification or age limit is required for aspirants to appear for GRE, but, since GRE is an evaluation test for admission to graduate courses, students are expected to have successfully completed their undergraduate program. Students should note that not all programs and universities necessitate candidates to have a GRE score for admission to graduate programs.
Mode of GRE test is of 2 types :
The paper-based exam consists of 2 sub-sections of each of the primary categories-
The analytical Writing part contains 2 tasks with a duration of 60 mins. Both, Verbal and Quantitative reasoning contains 2 sections and 50 questions with a maximum time duration of 60 and 70 minutes. The sections of Unscored and Research are not involved in the paper-based exam.
In the computer-based GRE paper pattern, each of the GRE sections is further divided into 2 sub-sections with 40 questions in total (Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning).
Analytical Writing has only 1 section that contains 2 tasks with a time duration of 1 hour. Other than these primary sections, there are 2 other variable sections included in the computer-based pattern exam. This section is followed by a 10-minute break after the Quantitative Reasoning part is complete. However, these 2 variable sections are-
These 2 sections are not included in the final GRE Scores.
The GRE Question Paper pattern is divided into 3 main sections as mentioned belo
The total time given to complete the exam is 3 hours 45 minutes for the computer-based GRE General Test.
|No. of Sections||Duration||No. of Sections||Duration|
|Analytical Writing||2 sections- 2 tasks||60 minutes||1 sections- 2 tasks||60 minutes|
|Verbal Reasoning||2 sections- 50 questions||70 minutes||2 sections- 40 questions||60 minutes|
|Quantitative Reasoning||2 sections- 50 questions||80 minutes||2 sections- 40 questions||70 minutes|
GRE General Test Syllabus
The GRE exam syllabus covering the GRE Writing Syllabus, GRE Verbal Syllabus, and GRE Quantitative syllabus:
The syllabus for GRE Analytical Writing consist of 2 separately timed analytical writing tasks of 30 minutes each:
Topics covered under the GRE verbal syllabus includes
List of topics covered in GRE Quantitative Reasoning Syllabus include
|Lines and angles||Lines and angles|
|Percentage||Profit and loss|
|Profit and loss||Triangles|
|Simple and compound interest||Coordinate geometry|
|Permutation & combination||Volume and surface area|
|Probability||Powers and roots|
|Order of operations||Pipes, cisterns, work, time|
GRE Subject Test Syllabus
GRE syllabus for Subject Test includes the following subjects & Topics:
|Verbal Reasoning||130 – 170, in 1-point increments|
|Quantitative Reasoning||130 – 170, in 1-point increments|
|Analytical Writingg||0 – 6, in half-point increments|
University education is an expensive affair, students often need some form of financial aid in order to pursue their studies. Apart from the tuition fees, living costs, traveling, personal expenses, etc constitute an important part of pursuing education abroad. So, a large number of universities, government, and private organizations, financial institutions, etc, offer scholarships for Indian students to cover full or partial expenses. Organizations assess aspirants on the basis of their previous records in terms of academic qualifications, work experience, achievements, etc. In these scholarships, good score in the GRE will put you at a level above the competition.
|Scholarship/Fellowships||Field of Study||Amount/Benefits|
|Inlaks Scholarship||Humanities and Arts||Up to US $100,000|
|Fullbright-Nehru Masters||Arts and Culture Management, Economics, Public Administration and Health, Women’s/Gender Studies, etc.||Tuition fees, living costs, etc. Note: May not cover all costs in some cases.|
|Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship||Master’s level courses||Tuition Fees and Living Expenses|
|Chevening Scholarship||Masters program in designated UK universities||Monthly Stipend|
|DAAD Scholarship||Bachelors, masters, and post-doctoral programs.Note: The eligibility and field of study can vary based on the scholarship chosen.|
|J.N. Tata Endowment Scholarship||Postgraduate, Doctorate, and Post-Doctorate courses in Engineering and Technology, Political Science, Law. Nautical Science, etc.||Travel grant and gift award|
|GRE full form||Graduate Record Examination|
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|Most popular for||MS courses in the USA|
|Also accepted for||MBA courses outside India|
|Conducted by||ETS (Educational Testing Service)|
|Mode of Exam||Computer and Paper â€“ delivered test|
|GRE Fee||US $213|
|Score Range||Verbal Reasoning score range: 130 – 170
Quantitative Reasoning score range: 130 – 170
Analytical Writing score range: 0 – 6
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