About Exam

GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is an internationally standardized test which is required for admission to most of the graduate schools in United States of America. It is also accepted by some of the most popular Graduate and Business schools in various countries of the world. The GRE® General Test is the registered trademark of ETS (Educational Testing Service) which is the world’s largest “private non-profit educational testing and assessment organization”.


ETS which is the exam conducting authority for GRE has not specifically mentioned any particular eligibility criteria that candidates should satisfy for appearing in the test. However, the candidates should go through the prescribed eligibility criteria of individual institutes/fellowship sponsors where they wish to apply.

Since the GRE is an admission test for postgraduate courses in various graduate schools and business schools around the world, candidates should have completed their graduation or should be studying in the final year of graduation for entry into Master’s or PhD courses in USA or other countries around the world.. However, ETS has not set any age bar or qualification criteria for appearing in the GRE Test.

There are specific eligibility requirements if the candidate is suffering from any physical disability or if the candidates wants to apply under the GRE Fee Reduction Program (applicable only for US Citizens or resident aliens who are college seniors or an enrolled college graduates in various graduate schools/institutes/Universities of US, American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico).

Exam Process

GRE Registration 2017- Online

The most common way of GRE 2017 registration is online. Youshould remember the following points at the time of GRE Test Registration 2017:

Step 1: CreateETS account: Study abroad aspirants have to first create an ETS account tostart the GRE registration process. To create a GRE account, candidates have enteredpersonal information like full name and other contact details. You can createyour account by entering user name and password details.  Once you enter a valid username and password,ETS reviews the information that you have submitted and creates an account forcandidates. Candidates can contact ETS through this account.

 Step 2: Select test type: Afterregistering for GRE, candidates have to select whether they are appearing forGRE general or subjects test. After that they can find test centres nearest totheir locations. Applicants can type in their locations and click on ‘findavailable test centres’. After the candidates find the nearest test location,they are asked to fill in the time period within which to appear for GRE.

 Step 3: Location and date: After thelocation and time period is filled during GRE registration 2017, candidates aretaken to a page showing the test dates and test centres. Available GRE Testdates are marked in green. Once the candidate selects a test date, a list oftest centres where seats are available on that date are shown. Against everytest centre, candidates can check the test time and register for the test if itfalls within the time they prefer. Candidates can then accept the terms andconditions to continue with their GRE registration 2017.

 Step 4: Background information: In thefourth step of the GRE registration 2017, candidates are asked to enterbackground information including country, native language and reasons fortaking GRE. Candidates also have to enter details of GPA and other educationalqualifications. Further, candidates may be asked to fill in details about theirparents’ highest education Applicants are also asked about their studypreferences like what they want to study and their preferred location.

 Step 5: Payment: In the last step of GREregistration 2017, candidates have to make payment for GRE. If candidates alsoselect ETS study materials to prepare from, the cost will be added to the finalcost of GRE registration 2017. Candidates are given the option of onlinepayment through American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard or VISA.


The exam is conducted multiple times a year as a computer based test and also in pen paper mode. GRE Exam Pattern aims to measure candidates’ analytical & quantitative aptitude along with knowledge of verbal reasoning. Created and administered by Educational Testing Services, ETS in 1949, the exam is very well renowned for its credibility and authenticity.

GRE Exam Pattern consists of following sections

Verbal Reasoning

Quantitative Reasoning

Analytical Writing

Total Sections- 3 online and 3 offline

Total Time- online: 3h 45m- offline: 3h 45m

Score Validity: 5 yrs

Mode of Paper: English

Exam Frequency: Online: Multiple Times a year- Offline: 3 times a year(Oct, Nov & Feb)

Verbal Questions: Online- 20(35 minutes) - Offline: 25(35 minutes)

Quantitative Reasoning: Online- 20(30 minutes)- Offline:  25(40 minutes) 

Analytical Writing, Analyze the Issue: Online: 30 minutes, Offline: 30 minutes

Analyze the Argument- Online: 30 minutes, Offline: 30 minutes

Verbal Reasoning

The computer based verbal section assesses reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and vocabulary usage. Each verbal section comprises of 20 questions to be completed in 30 minutes. The total questions are so divided as 6 questions in text completion, 4 sentence equivalence, & 10 critical reading questions.

The GRE Exam Pattern of Analytical Reasoning expects following from the student understand and visualize conclusions from the course; deduce from incomplete data; identify author's assumptions and/or perspective; understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author's intent.

Pick out major points; distinguish important from non important or relevant points; summarize text; understand the structure of a text understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts; understand relation among words and among concepts

Total Sections: Online: 2, Offline: 2

Total Questions per section: Online:  20, Offline: 25

Total Time per section: Online: 30, Offline: 35

Text Completion Questions per section: Online: 6, Offline: 6-8

Sentence Equivalence Questions per section: Online: 4, Offline:  4-6

Critical Reading Questions per section: Online: 10, Offline: 10-12

Quantitative Reasoning

The section of quantitative reasoning tests basic high school level mathematical knowledge and reasoning skills. The section is scored on a scale of 130-170. Previously the section was scored on the scale of 200-800 with 10 point increments but the pattern changed in 2011. The section consist of 20 questions to be completed in 35 minutes. The sections are consisting of 8 quantitative comparisons, 9 problem solving items and 3 data interpretation questions.

The GRE Exam Pattern of Quantitative Reasoning expects following from the student understand, translate and analyze quantitative information solve problems using mathematical models apply basic skills and elementary concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis

The changes in 2011 included the addition of numeric entry items requiring the examinee to fill in a blank and multiple choice items requiring the examinee to select multiple correct responses.

Total section: Online: 2, Offline: 2

• Total questions per section: Online: 20, Offline: 25

• Total Time per section: Online: 35, Offline: 40

• Quantitative Comparison: Online: 8, Offline: 8-10

• Problem Solving: Online: 9, Offline: 9-11

• Data Interpretation: Online: 3, Offline: 3-5

• Calculator Provided: Online: Yes, Offline: Yes

Analytical Writing

The analytical writing of GRE Exam Pattern 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 GRE Exam Pattern of Analytical Writing expects following from the test takers articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively support ideas with relevant reasons and examples examine claims and accompanying evidence sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion control the elements of standard written English

The program allows only basic computer functions and does not contain a spell-checker or other advanced features. Each essay is scored by at least two readers on a six-point holist scale. If the two scores are within one point, the average of the scores is taken. If the two scores differ by more than a point, a third reader examines the response.


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