TEST PREPARATION GRE

  • Overview
    The GRE is a standardized test that is mandatory for most graduate schools in the United States. It is governed by Educational Testing Service (ETS), a non-profit organization, and aims to assess skills in quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, critical thinking, and verbal reasoning that have been developed over a period of time and are not specific to any field of study. The test is administered through a computer-based system at Prometric testing centers globally. However, the importance placed on GRE scores during the graduate school admissions process can vary greatly between schools and departments, ranging from a mere formality to a significant selection criterion. There are two types of GRE tests available: the GRE General Test, which measures skills required in today's demanding graduate and business school programs, and the GRE Subject Test, which assesses knowledge in a specific field of study, allowing students to showcase their proficiency and differentiate themselves from other applicants.
  • GRE Exam Pattern

    Structure

    The computer-delivered GRE revised General Test has an overall testing time of approximately three hours and forty-five minutes. The test consists of six sections, and after the completion of the third section, there is a break of ten minutes.

    Structure of the Computer-delivered Test

    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
    Unscored¹ Varies Varies
    Research² Varies Varies

    • The GRE revised General Test includes an unscored section, which may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. This section includes questions that are being tested for possible use in future tests or to ensure consistency of scores across different editions.
    • In place of the unscored section, an identified research section may be included, which also does not count towards the score. The research section always appears at the end of the test, and the questions are included for ETS research purposes.
    • The order of the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and unscored sections may vary. However, since you won't know which section is unscored, it's best to approach each section as if it counts towards your score.
    • Some undergraduate courses have specific application deadlines. For example, the closing date for Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), and Bachelor of Dental Surgery is 31 August 2016.
    • The GRE revised General Test has various features, including the ability to freely move forward and backward within a section, preview and review capabilities, the ability to mark and review questions, and an on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section.
  • Fees

    Fees for the GRE ® revised General Test and Related Services

    Fees are stated in U.S. dollars. Fees effective January 5, 2015.

    Standard Test Administration  
    GRE® revised General Test — worldwide $195

    Special Handling Requests  
    Late registration fee (paper-delivered test online registration only) $25
    Standby testing (paper-delivered test only) $50
    Rescheduling fee $50
    Changing your test center $50

    Test Preparation  
    POWERPREP® II, Version 2.2 Software: Preparation for the Computer-delivered GRE revised General Test FREE
    Practice Book for the Paper-based GRE® revised General Test, Second Edition(PDF) FREE
    Math Review (PDF) FREE
    Math Conventions (PDF) FREE
    GRE® Success Starter: The Test Maker’s Guide to Doing Your Best (Video) $7
    The Official Guide to the GRE® revised General Test, Second Edition (available in paperback, with CD and eBook versions; also available at many bookstores) $38*
    Official GRE® Guide Mobile App $4.99
    NEW! Official GRE® Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions, Volume One(available in paperback and eBook versions, also available at many bookstores) $20*
    NEW! Official GRE® Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions, Volume One(available in paperback and eBook versions, also available at many bookstores) $20*
    ScoreItNow!™ Online Writing Practice for the GRE revised General Test $20

    Scoring Services  
    View Scores Online FREE
    GRE® Diagnostic Service FREE
    Print Official Examinee Score Report Online FREE
    Additional Score Reports (ASR) — per recipient $27
    Question-and-Answer review service — Verbal Reasoning & Quantitative Reasoning sections only $50
    Score Review for Analytical Writing measure $60
    Score Review for Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures (Paper-delivered tests only) $50
    Score Reinstatement Fee $50

    Tools for Success  
    GRE® Search Service Candidate Profile Listing FREE
    ETS® Personal Potential Index (ETS® PPI) Evaluation Report, first four reports when combined with GRE revised General Test registration FREE
    Additional ETS PPI Evaluation Reports, per report $20

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