GRE is the exam required for pursuing postgraduate studies in English-speaking nations. Due to circumstantial hazards caused by COVID-19, candidates can make GRE Registration at-home, an alternative to test center delivered exam. GRE exam pattern tests the verbal, quant, and analytical writing with each section calculated on a scale of 130 to 170. Top universities require a GRE score of 150 to 160 for both verbal and quant. The GRE exam fee in India is INR 15800. Now the top business schools of the world accept GRE scores for MBA programs.
Note: Certain universities are opting for ‘test-optional measure that makes the GRE score submission optional. It is advised for candidates to check the requirements of the university they are applying for.
GRE 2021 Highlights
GRE seems more difficult than ACT or SAT as questions are designed for candidates who have already completed their undergraduate. GRE Verbal reasoning tests vocabulary through challenging reading passages and complicated quantitative problems. The purpose of writing the GRE is to test the candidate’s level of academic excellence in undergraduate subjects. Few points to remember before writing GRE:
- The course you are applying for whether it requires GRE or not
- Is there any kind of fellowships for merit-based applicants for funding the course program?
- Have you shortlisted the course or doctoral research to pursue?
- Is your grad school GPA score eligible for applying for further studies?
If you assume a good GRE score is a myth then you have to make a detailed analysis and comparison of the grad schools you are dreaming to apply. Quant and Verbal sections of the exam are scaled on a range between 130-170. THE average GRE score for Verbal Reasoning happens to be 151 and that of GRE Quantitative Reasoning is 154.
Apart from grad schools, business schools and law schools also accept GRE scores. GRE can be taken across the world once in 21 days. Candidates can take the exam maximum of 5 times a year. The score validity for GRE is 5 years.
GRE Exam Pattern 2021
GRE General Test format has 3 different sections and the analytical skills are measured through this test. The main sections are GRE analytical writing assessment, GRE verbal reasoning, and GRE quantitative reasoning. All these sections have 2 subsections. The total time duration for GRE General Test is 3 hours 45 minutes.
|Measure||Number of Questions||Allotted Time
|Analytical Writing (Two sections)||Section 1: "Analyze an Issue" task |
Section 2: "Analyze an Argument" task
|30 minutes per section
|Verbal Reasoning (Two sections)||25 questions per section||35 minutes per section
|Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections)||25 questions per section||40 minutes per section
The GRE verbal section is comparatively easier than what the Power Prep series comprises, and candidates can actually score higher than what they generally obtain during the PowerPrep practice tests. Whereas, the GRE quant section’s first part is harder than what PowerPrep’s first part offers. Also, the last part of PowerPrep’s quant section is harder than what the actual test offers. From actual test-takers, it has been concluded that the GRE quant section, though might appear easy but is actually tricky. In fact, the experimental quant section is even harder.
GRE has a paper-based test format and the table below holds the details of GRE paper-based exam:
|Measure||Number of Questions||Allotted Time
|Analytical Writing (One section with two separately timed tasks)||One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze 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
|Unidentified Unscored Section||Varies||Varies|
|Identified Research Section||Varies||Varies|
Apart from GRE general test, GRE has another test – the GRE subject test. This test is designed to check the knowledge of the candidates on their preferred subject. 6 subjects are included in the GRE subject test – Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English Literature, Psychology, and Biology.
GRE Subject tests are available only in the paper-based format of GRE and these tests are available thrice a year – in September, October, and April. Scores are measured on a scale of 200-990 with 10-point increments. The total time for the test is 2 hours and 50 minutes. Most candidates who aim to pursue higher studies at the postgraduate level take the GRE Subject Test.
GRE Score 2021
GRE Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning are scored on the GRE score range of 130-170 with 1 point increment. The GRE score range for Analytical Reasoning is measured on a scale of 0-6 with a half-point increment. If any question remains unattempted then-No no Score (NS) will be stated. As per the data collected from ETS between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2019, the mean score for GRE General Test are as follows
|Sections||Number of Test Takers||Mean
In GRE Subject Test, all these 6 subject tests are scored on a scale of 200-290 with 10 point increments. Biology and Psychology have a subscore range of 20-99 score scale with 1 point increment. As per the data collected from ETS between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2019, GRE mean score for GRE Subject Test are as follows
|Subjects||Number of Test Takers||Mean|
|Literature in English||3370||542|
How to send GRE Score?
After receiving the score, candidates will get the Scoreselect option to send test scores to the graduate schools where they want to pursue any course. This Scoreselect option is available in both General and Subject Tests. After getting a good score on GRE, it is completely dependent on the candidates whether to send it to the university or not. After the test day, you need to pay a fee to send your scores and you can choose from the following options:
- Most Recent: Send your scores from your most recent test.
- All: Send your scores from all test administrations in the last five years.
- Any: Send your scores from one or as many test administrations as you like from the last five years.
GRE Preparation Tips
GRE Eligibility 2021
There are no specific GRE exam eligibility criteria regarding age or educational qualifications. The only two things that candidates need to be concerned about is – Having a Passport if you are an Indian, and successfully finishing the undergraduate degree.
GRE Registration 2021
You can complete GRE Registration online easily by making an ETS account at ets.org/gre. Firstly you have to find out the accessible GREexam centers and the available time slots for booking the test. ETS makes an easy GRE login account for easy accessibility. GRE exam fees will be paid via credit or debit card. Candidates can make GRE Registration via phone by calling 1800-473-2255. All necessary information will be given over a call. GRE Exam fee payment can be processed via JCB, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Candidates can also register via mail. You have to send the completed GRE registration form to the address mentioned on the website. The application form must reach the address at least 3 weeks before the chosen test date.
If you are opting for GRE general at-home exam then you should have the required computer and testing setting. Tablets or mobile devices are not allowed, and your PC needs to have windows operating system 8 or 10. In the case of MAC, Mac OS X® 10.5 or higher is recommended. Candidates should also check if the ETS browser and ProctorU system are running successfully.
GRE Exam Fee 2021
For registration and other services like cancellation, rescheduling amounts are paid in US dollars. GRE Exam Fee for the general test is $213 whereas for GRE exam fee for the subject tests is $150. The GRE rescheduling fee is US$50.
GRE Preparation Tips 2021
Candidates pursue different kinds of classroom or in-person courses for GRE preparation. Usually, the candidates take around 2-4 months before the scheduled date. To perform the best, candidates must target the score first. Few GRE preparation tips are as follows
- Always keep calm and come back to questions you couldn’t solve in the end;
- Self-preparation is one of the most fruitful techniques for GRE practice. Get a survey of the best kind of sample books, practice papers for GRE. Self-preparation will enhance self-motivation all the time.
- Take crash courses online will help in getting updated study materials. This in turn will help to acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses.
- Hire a personal tutor to get regular feedback on the status of your preparation.
- Know details about the syllabus and exam pattern of GRE.
- Taking regular mock tests will help in effective preparation. It will evaluate the readiness of your preparation.
- Making a proper study plan will help in monitoring the growth status of the candidates in terms of readiness.