GRE in a nutshell – Part 1

By Anusha

If you aspire to go for post-graduation courses like MS or MBA or Ph D in English speaking countries like USA, UK etc, then GRE is the first gate to pass. Here is a list of questions and answers for people who are very new to GRE.


What is GRE?
Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is systematised test which is a requirement for admissions into many graduate schools in USA, UK and other English-speaking countries.

What are the types of GRE tests available?
*GRE subject test - It measures knowledge in a particular field of study.
*GRE general test - which as the name suggests is general test and is not based on the subject you wish to study about.

Who should take up the test?
It should be written if you are willing to do a post-graduation in a specific field - MS which is a masters degree, a Ph D or masters in business.

How to apply?
You have to visit GRE home page. Create an account. Once this is done you can select date for the exam by clicking on "Register for a test" link. Click here to sign in

What are the different semesters available?
In most of the countries the intake of students is done twice. In USA it is termed as Fall and Spring. Some universities in USA have an addition intake of students during July for Summer batch.

Which is the best date to give the test?
It will depend on which semester do you want to enroll to. So this would let you know about the university deadlines for application submission during which the GRE scores are to be sent. Based on this book the date to give the test well in advance so that you will be able to send the score to the universities you want to study at.

What are the modes to give the GRE test?
There is Computer based GRE test and Paper based GRE test.

What is the difference between the two modes of test?
In Paper based GRE test, you are free to decide which question you would want to answer first. You can skip sections and come back to them later. However, you must keep a track of all the answered and unanswered questions and the time that has lapsed all by yourself.

In Computer based GRE test, you must answer each section or a part that is presented to you on the computer screen before moving to the next one. Once you have confirmed an answer as your correct choice, you cannot go back. However, as long as you are in the same segment, say for instance Reading comprehension past, you an review how many questions you have answered by clicking review button. And a timer displays at the top corner of the screen shows the time lapsed during the test.

GRE in a nutshell – Part 1

What are the different sections in GRE general test?
Verbal Reasoning
Quantitative Reasoning
Analytical Writing
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What are the different sections in GRE subject test?
It will vary based on the subject chosen. Click here to know more

When do we get the results/ score?
Computer based test:
Unofficial scores for verbal and quantitative reasoning will be available at the end of the test, but the official score with analytical writing section included will be available in "My GRE Account" after 10-15 days after the test date.

Paper based test:
After about six weeks from the date of test the official score will be available in "My GRE Account."

You can also get your scores via Phone
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What is the test fee?
GRE Subject: $150.00
GRE General Test: $185.00

What are the modes of payment of fee?
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What are the mandatory documents needed for GRE test?
In India, passport is mandatory, you will be allowed to enter the test center only if you show the passport. Other supporting documents like, DL, Voter Id, etc can be taken as a supplementary proof of Identity in case there is an issue with the data in the passport.
Based on different country, the requirements of identification varies Click here to know more

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