- Graduate Record Examinations or GRE is taken by prospective graduates and business school applicants from all around the world as they come from different cultural and educational backgrounds and the GRE test provides a common measure for comparing the candidates’ qualifications.
- The GRE is the most widely accepted graduate admissions test worldwide. The test measures students on verbal, quantitative and analytical writing skills.
The structure of 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 experimental section does not count towards the final score but is not distinguished from the scored sections.
The paper-based GRE General Test consists of six sections and is only available in areas where computer-based testing is unavailable. The analytical writing is split up into two sections, one section for each issue and argument task. The next four sections consist of two verbal and two quantitative sections in varying order. There is no experimental section on the paper-based test.
The computer-based verbal sections assess reading comprehension, critical reasoning and vocabulary usage. The verbal test is scored on a scale of 130–170, in 1-point increments. In a typical examination, each verbal section consists of 20 questions to be completed in 30 minutes.
The computer-based quantitative sections assess basic high school level mathematical knowledge and reasoning skills. The quantitative test is scored on a scale of 130–170, in 1-point increments. In a typical examination, each quantitative section consists of 20 questions to be completed in 35 minutes.
The analytical writing section consists of two different essays, an “issue task” and an “argument task”. The writing section is graded on a scale of 0–6, in half-point increments. The essays are written on a computer using a word processing program specifically designed by ETS. The program allows only basic computer functions and does not contain a spell-checker or other advanced features.
The experimental section, which can be either a verbal, quantitative, or analytical writing task, contains new questions ETS is considering for future use. Although the experimental section does not count towards the test-taker’s score, it is unidentified and appears identical to the scored sections. Because test takers have no definite way of knowing which section is experimental, it is typically advised that test takers try their best on every section.
Frequency of tests and location of test centers:
In more than 160 countries, The GRE is available at about 700 test centers. In most regions of the world, the computer-based test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year. In areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available, the test is administered in a paper-based format up to three times a year in October, November and February.
Who accepts the GRE:
The GRE is accepted at thousands of graduate and business schools as well as departments and divisions within these schools.Many business schools accept GRE revised General Test scores for admission to some or all of their MBA programs. In addition, there are hundreds of non-MBA master’s and doctoral programs in business that accept GRE revised General Test scores.
Re-taking the GRE:
If a candidate wants to re-appear for the GRE for score improvement, they can do so once every 30 days, depending on the test center availability and no more than 5 times during a rolling 12 month period.