What is GRE ?
The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions’ requirement for most graduate schools in the United States. The GRE is owned and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). According to ETS, the GRE aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of learning. The content of the GRE consists of certain specific algebra, geometry, arithmetic, and vocabulary. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based exam administered at various testing centres. In the graduate school admissions process, the level of emphasis that is placed upon GRE scores varies widely between schools and departments within schools. The importance of a GRE score can range from being a mere admission formality to an important selection factor.
The computer-based GRE General Test consists of six sections. The first section is always the analytical writing section involving separately timed issue and argument tasks. The next five sections consist of two verbal reasoning sections, two quantitative reasoning sections, and either an experimental or research section. These five sections may occur in any order. The total score of the GRE exam is 340 marks and the duration is 3 hours 45 minutes. The AWA (Analytical writing ability) section is marked on a scale of 0-6, the verbal reasoning section and quantitate reasoning section on 170 each and then there is one unsecured sections which can be either verbal , quantitative and a research section which is again unscored.
Test Validity and Score Reporting
The test validity for GRE is 5 years and it costs $205 to give the GRE exam. The exam can be taken once every 16 days and upto 5 times in a year. Multiple dates are available through the year. One can report scores to 4 universities at the end of the test for free and later for each additional score report a cost of 27$ has to be incurred. The GRE result is given to the student on the spot.
In addition to the General Test, there are also six GRE Subject Tests testing knowledge in the specific areas of Biology; Chemistry; Literature in English; Mathematics; Physics; and Psychology. The length of each exam is 170 minutes.
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