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The GRE test has two variants, one is GRE® General Test and the other is GRE® Subject Tests.

About the GRE® General Test

The GRE General Test helps you do your best on test day. With the GRE General Test, you decide which scores to send to schools. If you feel you didn't do your best on test day, that's okay. You can retake the test and then send only the scores you want schools to see.

Plus, the GRE General Test is the only admissions test for graduate and professional school that lets you skip questions within a section, go back and change answers, and have control to tackle the questions within a section you want to answer first.

The GRE General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you'll do in graduate and professional school, including business and law.

  • Verbal Reasoning — Measures the ability to analyze and draw conclusions from the discourse, reason from incomplete data, understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author’s intent, summarize text, distinguish major from minor points, understand the meanings of words, sentences, and entire texts, and understand relationships among words and among concepts. There is an emphasis on complex verbal reasoning skills.

  • Quantitative Reasoning — Measures the ability to understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information, solve problems using mathematical models, and apply the basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis. There is an emphasis on quantitative reasoning skills.

  • Analytical Writing — Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, including the ability to articulate and support complex ideas with relevant reasons and examples, and examine claims and accompanying evidence. There is an emphasis on analytical writing skills.

GRE Overview

Who Takes It?

Prospective graduate and business school applicants from all around the world who are interested in pursuing a master's, specialized master's in business, MBA, J.D. degree, or doctoral degree take the GRE General Test. Applicants come from varying educational and cultural backgrounds and the GRE General Test provides schools with a common measure for comparing candidates' qualifications.

GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study.

Computer-delivered GRE® General Test

The overall testing time for the computer-delivered GRE® General Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections, one of which is an unidentified/unscored section. The Analytical Writing section will always be first. The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and unidentified/unscored sections may appear in any order; therefore, you should treat each section as if it counts toward your score. An identified research section that is not scored may be included in place of the unscored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test.

Paper-delivered GRE General Test

The paper-delivered GRE General Test is a linear test with a total testing time of approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes. The test contains six sections. The paper-delivered GRE General Test is self-contained; you will enter all responses for the Analytical Writing tasks and the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections in the test book itself. You will be provided with a basic handheld calculator for use during the Quantitative Reasoning section.

GRE® General Test fees in India - $205.


About the GRE® Subject Tests

What Are the Subject Tests?

The GRE® Subject Tests are achievement tests that measure your knowledge of a particular field of study.

Show what you know about a specific subject and graduate schools will take notice. The Subject Tests can help you stand out from other applicants by emphasizing your knowledge and skill level in a specific area.

Each Subject Test is intended for students who have an undergraduate major or extensive background in one of these six disciplines:

Biology, Chemistry, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology.

Who Takes Them?

Prospective graduate school applicants take the Subject Tests. Applicants come from varying educational and cultural backgrounds and the GRE Subject Tests provide a common measure for comparing candidates' qualifications.

GRE Subject Test scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study.

Test Content and Structure

The GRE® Subject Tests are administered in a paper-delivered format. The total testing time is 2 hours and 50 minutes. There are no separately-timed sections.

The ScoreSelect® Option

The ScoreSelect® option lets you decide which GRE® scores to send to the institutions you designate. When registering to take a GRE® Subject Test, you can choose not to report your scores to specific institutions when they are available OR you can select either option below for each of your four FREE score reports. The ScoreSelect option is available for both the GRE® General Test and GRE Subject Tests and can be used by anyone with reportable scores from the last five years.

How the Tests Are Scored

The Scoring Process

Your raw score will be determined by the number of questions you answer correctly. Questions you answer incorrectly or for which you mark no answer or more than one answer are counted as incorrect. Nothing is subtracted from a score if you answer a question incorrectly.

Your raw score is then converted to a scaled score through a process known as equating. The equating process accounts for minor variations in difficulty among the different test editions. Thus, a given scaled score reflects approximately the same level of ability regardless of the edition of the test that was taken; the same number of correct responses on different test forms will not necessarily result in the same scaled score.

GRE® Subject Test Score Scales

Every Subject Test yields a total score on a 200 to 990 score scale, in 10-point increments. Note that each of the individual test scales occupies only a portion of the 200 to 990 score range.

The Biology and Psychology Tests also yield subscores on a 20–99 score scale, in one-point increments. Note that each of the individual test subscore scales occupies only a portion of the 20 to 99 score range.

GRE® Subject Tests fees in India - $150.

How long do GRE results take?

If you take the computer-delivered GRE General Test, your official scores will be available in your ETS Account and sent to the institutions you designated approximately 10–15 days after your test date.

How long do GRE paper based test results take?

If you take the paper test, it can take up to six weeks for the results to arrive in the mail. If you choose to mail your results to one or more graduate schools, those schools should receive your results within the same time frame.

ID Verification

ID verification at the test center may include:

  • Biometric voice and photo identification

  • Fingerprinting/thumbprinting

  • Video recording

  • Signature comparison

If you refuse to participate, you will not be permitted to test and you will forfeit your test fees. This is in addition to the requirement that you must present acceptable and valid identification.

Test Center Procedures and Regulations

General Procedures and What to Do Before You Arrive at the Test Center

  • Dress so that you can adapt to any room temperature.

  • Report to the test center at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled testing time. If you arrive late, you may not be admitted and your test fee will be forfeited.

  • Food, beverages, tobacco, and e-cigarettes are not allowed in the testing room.

  • Weapons and firearms are not allowed in the test center.

  • Test-related information written on clothing, shoes, ID documents or on any part of the body is prohibited.

  • Unless an inspection is required for use or possession of an unauthorized aid during the test session, removal of footwear is prohibited in the testing room.

  • If you have health-related needs that require you to bring equipment, beverages or snacks into the testing room or to take extra or extended breaks, you need to follow the accommodations request procedures described in the GRE® Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs (PDF).

  • The test administrator will assign you a seat.

  • You are required to remain in the test center building. It is your responsibility to ask the test administrator for permission to leave the test center vicinity — for example, to go to the nearest restroom. If you leave the test center without permission, you may be dismissed, your test fees may be forfeited, and your scores may be canceled.

  • Friends or relatives who accompany you to the test center will not be permitted to wait in the test center or be in contact with you while you are taking the test. Except for ETS-authorized observers, visitors are not permitted in the testing room while testing is in progress.

  • The testing session will be actively monitored by test center staff. This includes staff walking around and entering and leaving the testing room.

  • Note: ETS reserves the right to take appropriate action and/or notify appropriate authorities including, but not limited to, law enforcement authorities, if a test taker responds in a threatening or disturbing way to essay questions or communicates with ETS either verbally or in writing in a threatening or disturbing manner.

Test Category: Analytical writing, mathematics & vocabulary

Test Validity: 5 Years

Test Format: Analytical writing, Verbal Reasoning & Quantitative Reasoning

Test Duration: 3.45 hrs

Countries accepting: UK, Europe, Singapore and Australia accept GRE scores.

Test Modes: Computer and Paper delivered

Test Types: General & Subject

Test fee [India]: $205

Annual Test Takers: 700,000+

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