The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardised test that is accepted for admission to various disciplines at many graduate and business schools across the globe. Aspirants who are interested in pursuing a master's degree, specialised master's course, MBA or doctoral degree can sit for the GRE. GRE Test 2018 is conducted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), a US based organisation. It is available both in computer-based and paper-based formats. In addition to the GRE 2018 general test, there are seven GRE subject tests that evaluate candidates’ knowledge in their respective fields. The GRE Test 2018 is available at over 1000 test centres in more than 160 countries. It covers three major sections- Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. While Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning are scored on a scale of 130-170, analytical writing is scored on a scale of 0-6. In this article, candidates can know all about GRE test such as dates, eligibility, registration, pattern, syllabus, fee structure and result.
Exam Name: Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Commonly Known as: GRE
Exam Level: International
Conducting Body: Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Number of Sections: 3 - Analytical Writing, Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning
GRE aspirants can apply for the test irrespective of age and qualification, as there is no specific GRE Eligibility Criteria 2018. However, candidates have to fulfil the admission criteria for individual institutes where they are applying. Since GRE 2018 is a postgraduate test, students who have cleared their undergraduate studies opt for the examination for entry into Masters or PhD courses abroad, especially across universities in the USA and Canada, among others. However, aspirants should keep this in mind that it is not the country but the university which requires GRE score. Even within a university, some departments might ask for GRE score while others might not. Hence, candidates are required to first check the admission checklist of the universities before checking the GRE Eligibility Criteria 2018.
|Test type||GRE General (Aptitude) GRE Subject (Subjective)|
|GRE eligibility criteria||No specific eligibility criteria to pursue postgraduate programmes|
|Test sections||Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing|
|Test duration||3 hours 45 minutes|
|GRE score||130-170( per section) Analytical writing: 1-6|
To sit for GRE test 2018, candidates have to first create a ‘My GRE Account’. You can apply for the GRE 2018 as well as check your scores in your account. For the GRE general test, there are three ways to register. They are: Online, Phone and Mail registration. Candidates can opt either Online or Mail registration in the case of GRE subject test.
Fees for GRE General Test is $205 worldwide. Fees for GRE Subject test is $150 globally.
|Special Handling Requests||Fees|
|Late registration fee (paper-based test online registration only)||$25|
|Standby testing (paper-based test only)||$50|
|Changing your test center||$50|
* If candidates wish to change a subject in the Subject test, they will have to pay $50 extra.
There are no specific test dates for GRE. The computer-based GRE Test 2018 is offered year-round at Prometric test centers. Aspirants can take the exam as per their requirement. They can take the GRE 2018 once every 21 days, up to five times within a 12-month period. This applies even if the candidate has cancelled his scores on a test taken previously. Also, the GRE test date 2018, depends on the availability of the test centre selected by the candidate. If the seats in the specific test centre is filled on that date, the aspirant has to either select a new date or go to a different test location. However, you have to first create a ‘My GRE Account’ in order to register for a specific date.
The GRE Test Pattern has three sections- Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. The total duration of the GRE 2018 is 3 hours 40 minutes. Besides the main academic sections, there are two other variable sections and a 10-minute break is given after the third (Quantitative Reasoning) section during the GRE test 2018.
The two variable sections are Unscored and the Research section, which do not count toward the actual GRE 2018 score. The GRE test pattern 2018 includes seven GRE subject tests. They are: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology. Each subject has a different test pattern.
|Measure||Number of Questions||Allotted Time|
|Analytical Writing(One section with two separately timed tasks)||One "Analyse an Issue" task and one "Analyse an Argument" task||30 minutes per task|
|Verbal Reasoning (Two sections)||20 questions per section||30 minutes per section|
|Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections)||20 questions per section||35 minutes per section|
The GRE admission ticket is sent to candidates by mail after the process of registration. The admission ticket confirms the choice of test, test date and the GRE test centre. If there is any mistake in the GRE admit card, you can make the changes in the correction slab and mail it to the address printed on the form.
GRE 2018 Syllabus for General test is divided into three sections: Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Analytical Writing.
The Quantitative reasoning section of GRE 2018 tests the candidate’s comfort level of understanding and analyzing quantitative information. It also checks the candidate’s abilities to interpret quantitative information accurately. This section is test basic mathematics and concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data interpretation.
The skills tested in the Verbal Reasoning section are Reading Comprehension, Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence. The questions are framed to understand a candidate’s analyzing skills along with ability to draw conclusions, understand and add value to partial information provided as well as identify the perception of the author. It also tests the candidate’s ability to identify vital points and differentiate between them. The section also aims to test the candidate’s skills with reference to understanding work relationships and concepts.
In the Analytical Section, of GRE 2018, the candidate is required to understand and articulate ideas both simple and complex effectively. The section also expects the candidates to be able to support ideas with significant reasons and examples as well as examine claims and associated facts while able to maintain a rational and well-focused discussion.
Various organisations use GRE 2018 scores while considering candidates for their graduate programmes. It is accepted by institutions across the world for their postgraduate programmes. GRE is most commonly accepted by universities. The acceptance of GRE score usually depends on the department. Also, GRE subject test score is not required by all universities or departments. Aspirants can apply for the GRE subject test if the department requires it.
There are also many specialised MBA master's and doctoral programmess in business schools that accept GRE scores. GRE 2018 scores are accepted by thousands of participating institutes in the world which also include over 1,200 business schools. Besides MBA and other graduate programmes, GRE scores are also accepted for interdisciplinary programmes like MIS and Engineering Management.
ETS sends the candidates an email notification when their respective scores are available. The results are available in the respective GRE 2018 accounts of the aspirants. Candidates sitting for the computer-based test can source their unofficial Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores at the test centre. The official results are available within 10 to 15 days of the GRE test 2018.
Candidates can check the scoring pattern for GRE verbal reasoning, Quantitative reasoning and analytical writing from window below
|GRE Verbal Reasoning||130–170, in 1 point increment|
|GRE Quantitative Reasoning||130–170, in 1 point increments|
|GRE Analytical Writing||0–6, in half-point increments|