A Quick Introduction to GRE – Graduate Record Examination


GRE – Graduate Record Examination is one of the standardized tests in U.S. and other countries for candidates who aspire to pursue graduate programs. GRE is divided into two types of tests – general test and subject tests. Priority is given to general test which all applicants must take. Subject tests depend on the chosen subject by the applicant.

Who takes the GRE?

GRE is taken by a large number of students aspire to take admission in a graduate or business school. GRE measures the abilities and skills of the candidates with a common system. The results are then analyzed by various panels to oversee admissions, fellowship, and scholarships.

The test is conducted at authorized centers located various countries, cities, and towns globally. To be more specific, there are approximately 1000 authorized GRE centers located in 160 countries of the world. Most of the countries conduct a computer based test. In some countries, like Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Korea, the computer based test is available thrice a month. Some states also conduct paper based GRE test, thrice a year – February, October, and November.

Aspirants looking for GRE study tips should first know about various sections of GRE in detail. There are three major sections in GRE general test.

Verbal Reasoning

• Analysis of a piece of discourse and derive conclusion from it

• GRE sentence equivalence

• Insufficient data that needs reasoning skills

• Understand different types of meaning, like literal meaning, intended meaning, and figurative meaning

• Distinguish between significant and less significant points

• Summarize a given text

• Derive sense from textual structure

• Understand the meaning of words, sentences, and paragraphs

• Comprehend the connection between words and ideas

Quantitative test

• Analyze and interpret quantitative data and derive information

• Solve mathematical problems

• Use mathematical applications, like algebra, arithmetic, geometry, and data interpretation to solve problems.

• For solving the problems, a calculator is provided to the candidates)

Analytical Writing

• Explicate and articulate ideas fluently

• Support these ideas with reasoning skills and examples

• Evaluate claims and related evidence

Scoring System

The scores of GRE remain valid for up to 5 years from the date of testing, after that, a candidate must take part in the test if required. For analytical writing, scoring is done by two readers who assess the answers based on critical thinking abilities and writing skills.

Always remember that GRE is designed to test the actual material and skills, so tricks and fixes won’t work in its preparation.

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