The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is a standardized test for admissions into various graduate and business school programs worldwide.
What is the GRE used for?
GRE is a crucial component of the application process, which enables fair comparison of proficiency levels among applicants. It helps the admission committee gain insights into the applicants' strengths with respect to their verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing sections. Thus, it plays a pivotal role in complementing other components of the application, allowing for cross-validation.
Why take the GRE?
Students from various countries apply for admission into American graduate and business programs. The assessment criteria and GPA system in each country differs substantially. Therefore, it becomes difficult for the admission committee to gauge a student’s caliber only on the basis of their GPA. Thus, the GRE acts as a standard evaluation tool to understand, interpret and analyze basic quantitative and verbal reasoning skills. It also indicates your command over the language, especially reading and vocabulary. The GRE score, when used with other application parameters like the GPA, work experience, projects, internships etc. allows universities to comprehensively evaluate an applicant's readiness for graduate-level studies.
How is the GRE scored?
The Verbal and Quantitative sections are scored on a scale of 130–170, while the Analytical Writing section is scored on a scale of 0–6.
How long is the GRE?
The GRE lasts approximately 1 hour and 58 minutes. It consists of five sections: one Analytical Writing section, two Verbal Reasoning sections, and two Quantitative Reasoning sections.
How do I register for the GRE?
The easiest and fastest way to register is online. Test takers with credit cards can register online on the official GRE website.
Dilip Oak’s Academy is an ETS Authorized Test Center for GRE and TOEFL.
What is the right time to take the GRE?
Ideally, you should take the GRE test during the third year of your Bachelor's degree or, at the latest, in the first semester of your final year. If you do, you will be able to join a US university immediately after completing your graduation.
When can you take the GRE during the year?
You can take the GRE year-round, as it's offered as a computer-based test. So, is there a 'best time' to take the exam? Not really! The best time to take the GRE is "whenever you're ready!" However, remember that it's important to keep your admission deadlines in mind when planning for the test.
Can you reschedule the GRE test date?
Yes, you can reschedule or cancel the GRE test date no later than four full days before your appointment (not including your test day), or your test fee will be forfeited. Log in to your ETS account to reschedule or cancel your appointment.
Currently, the rescheduling fee is $50. Please check the official ETS (Educational Testing Service) website for the most current pricing information.
Can you cancel the GRE?
If you cancel your General Test no later than four full days before your test date, you will receive a refund equivalent to half of the original test fee.
What is a good GRE score?
A good GRE score depends on the specific program to which you are applying. It is recommended that you get at least a score of 300. However, the competitiveness of the program will require higher scores.
How long is the GRE score valid?
The GRE score is valid for 5 years. However, some universities require a score that is no older than two years.
How many times can I take the GRE test?
Yes, you can take the GRE General Test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days). This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously.
Who is eligible for the GRE?
There are no specific eligibility criteria for the GRE. Anyone interested in pursuing graduate or business school programs can take the exam.
How many types of GRE tests are there?
There are two types of GRE tests: the GRE General Test and the GRE Subject Tests. The GRE General Test is more commonly required for admission to various graduate programs, while GRE Subject Tests focus on specific subject areas: Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.
How much is the GRE Fee in Pune?
GRE fees can vary by location and currency fluctuations. Currently, the GRE General Test fee in Pune is $220. Fees for other types of GRE tests or additional services might vary. Please check the official ETS website for the most current pricing information.
Can you get admission to a top university with an average GPA but a great GRE score?
Your GPA is as important as your GRE score. High GRE scores alone do not guarantee admission to top universities.
How many hours should I study for the GRE?
The study time needed for the GRE varies based on individual preparation and familiarity with the test content. Students often study for 2-4 months, dedicating 1-4 hours per day.
What is the syllabus of the GRE?
The GRE syllabus includes:
(1) Analytical Writing: Issue Essay
(2) Verbal Reasoning: vocabulary, text completion, sentence equivalence, reading comprehension
(3) Quantitative Reasoning: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, data analysis
Can I skip questions on the GRE and come back to them later?
Yes, you can skip questions within a section and return to them as long as there's time left in that section.
Can I use a calculator on the GRE?
Yes, an on-screen calculator is provided for the Quantitative Reasoning section.
Can I cancel my GRE scores after my test?
Yes, you can cancel your scores at the test center right after completing the test, but not after leaving the test center.
When do I select the GRE score recipients?
You can select the GRE score recipients on the day of your test. After completing the GRE, you'll be prompted to choose up to four institutions or programs to send your scores to for free. You can pay a fee of $27 to send score reports to additional institutions later, if required.
Can I send only my best GRE scores to schools?
Yes, you can select which scores to send using the ScoreSelect option.