GRE stands for Graduate Record Examination. Most top ranked global universities accept GRE as an admission test for the graduate programs from technical Masters to masters in arts to even MBA. Graduate applicants from all around the world who are interested in pursuing a master's, MBA, specialized master's in business or doctoral degree take the GRE General Test. The GRE General Test, created and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing skills. If you plan to pursue an MS, MEM (Masters in Engineering Management) or MFE (Masters in Financial Engineering), then GRE is a qualifying test that you will need to take.
Global GRE takers: Over 0.6 million applicants take the GRE of which, approximately 1.2 lakhs applicants are from India.
The total testing time for the revised GRE® test is around 3 hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.
One Analytical Writing section with two separately timed writing tasks
|Section||Number of Questions||Allotted Time|
(1 section with 2
separately timed tasks)
| "Analyse an Issue"
"Analyse an Argument"
|30 minutes per task|
|Approximately 20 questions per section||30 minutes per section|
|Approximately 20 questions per section||35 minutes per section|
|Verbal Reasoning||130–170, in 1 point increments|
|Quantitative Reasoning||130–170, in 1 point increments|
|Analytical Writing||0–6, in half point increments|
The verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and unscored sections can appear in any sequence.
The test features a score scale that reports the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments.*An unidentified unscored section that does not count towards a score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section.
**An identified research section may be included in place of the unscored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test. Questions in this section are included for the purpose of ETS research and will not count towards the test taker's score.
There is a 10-minute break following the third section, and a 1-minute break between the other test sections.