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GRE® Overview and Structure

The Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE®) is a standardized test that measures your quantitative, verbal and analytical writing skills. It is used by graduate schools and some business schools to assess the competency of applicants.

In addition, the GRE is used to assess your eligibility for merit-based fellowships, and teacher and research assistantships. However the minimum GRE score needed is determined by each individual university so before you begin your prep, do research on what each specific application requires!

Preparation for the GRE is key to achieving a top score. Investing effort and time in your GRE preparation today can help you achieve entry into the grad school or MBA program of your choice and enhance your chances of receiving financial aid.

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What is a GRE?

The GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) is a standardized test taken by students who are applying to postgraduate courses in the US and in some other parts of the world. There are actually two GRE examinations: The General Test. The Subject Tests.

How often can you take the GRE?

You can take the computer-delivered GRE revised General Test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days). This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously. You may take the paper-delivered GRE revised General Test as often as it is offered.

Why GRE exams are conducted?

The full form of GRE is Graduate Record Examinations. It is a standardised testconducted by ETS (Educational Testing Services). ETS GRE scores are accepted by most of the top graduate level schools for Masters level programs (like the popular Master of Science degree – MS in USA)

What is the score of GRE?

Three scores are reported on the GRE® General Test: a Verbal Reasoning scorereported on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments. a Quantitative Reasoningscore reported on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments. an Analytical Writing score reported on a 0–6 score scale, in half-point increments.

The GRE at a Glance

Verbal Section (Two Sections)

  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Format: 20 questions
  • Topics Tested: Reading, Analytical Reasoning, Vocabulary
  • Question Types: Text Completion, Sentence Equivalence, Reading Comprehension (with increased focus on short passages)

Quantitative Section (Two Sections)

  • Time: 35 minutes
  • Format: 20 questions
  • Topics Tested: Basic Math, Mathematical Concepts, Quantitative Reasoning
  • Question Types: Problem Solving, Quantitative Comparisons, Data interpretation

Analytical Writing Assessment

  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Format: Two 30 minute essays
  • Topics Tested: Analysis of an Argument, Analysis of an Issue

Preparing for the GRE®

An excellent score on the GRE is essential to securing your place on a grad school course in the US. However, this will not be the only criteria that admissions officers will judge you on – and remember you have multiple chances to take the exam with most admissions committees focusing on your most recent score before you submit your application!

HOW SHOULD YOU APPROACH THE GRE?

Kaplan has proven strategies to help you achieve your best score on the GRE. The GRE test is standardized , therefore, there are standard ways of helping you achieve top marks, such as time management techniques and strategies. Thorough preparation and practice is the best way to ensure you achieve your best score possible.

WHAT SCORE DO YOU NEED?

Before sitting the GRE, you should research requirements for all the schools you are interested in. It is important to remember that score requirements vary from school to school, therefore you will want to have a target score slightly higher than the average combined of all your schools.

The GRE helps supplement your undergraduate grades and helps admissions officers compare you with students from other schools. However if your grades are lacklustre, getting a top GRE score can help demonstrate that you have the ability to do well at grad school and can achieve much more academically. For mature students, completing the GRE and attaining a high score helps demonstrate that you are still capable of demonstrating the necessary academic thinking skills required to be successful at grad school. The GRE subject tests will demonstrate your knowledge of the subject you plan to study at grad school.

If you achieve a high score on the GRE, it could help you financially, as a lot of US graduate programs base financial aid packages on your GRE score, especially on your total score.

What is a good score?

Some schools have minimum score requirements, if you score below this level you will not be considered for a place at your chosen grad school. It is important to research what GRE score you need to be considered for a place at your chosen grad school. Competition for the top grad schools is fierce. You’ll need to work very hard to achieve a top score and complete lots of practice tests to ensure that you get the best score possible.

Keeping or cancelling your GRE Scores

You will be asked at the end of your exam if you want to see and keep your score or not. If you answer “yes,” you are given your score and it is entered into your ETS record. If you answer “no,” you are not shown your score and no score is entered. Score reports that are requested are sent to schools within 10-15 days of the exam. All GRE scores that have not been cancelled will be listed (and usable) in your ETS record for 5 years.

What does this mean?

If you are an MBA applicant, you may not need to take the GMAT in order to get into certain business schools if you already hold a valid GRE score. If you are daunted by the GMAT and think the GRE might be easier for you, or vice versa, you may have the choice of doing either test, depending on which programs you are applying to.

Still Can’t Decide?

Speak to the admissions advisor at the school to which you’re applying if you still need help deciding. They will be able to tell you which exam is required or if they accept both. If you have the choice to take either test, you should make a decision based upon your own strengths.

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