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Graduate Record Examination(GRE) Details

Updated on November 29, 2009

Fee Details

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking and analytical writing skills. The GRE is conducted by Educational Testing & Service (ETS)[].

The cost of taking an exam is around $170 ($150 for some nationalities).

Some universities takes the average of scores (in case of repetition) while some others consider only the latest scores. TOEFL & IELTS are also required for seeking admission to some universities.

Is high GRE score a must??

 High GRE score is of-course an asset to all those seeking admissions to top universities in the US, Canada, UK & some other European nations. But the fact is that some universities do not give ample weightage to the score. Some gives importance to the academic gatherings only. Along with GRE score a couple of universities do inquire for TOEFL as well as IELTS performances. My advice is that you must first fix some of the universities of your choice and then prepare for the respective examinations. An underlying fact is that for those who are really prepared for the GRE, other exams like TOEFL or IELTS is not a nebulous task.

Overview of the GRE test pattern

GRE is a thoroughly designed multiple choice questions(MCQs) based examination to check your verbal, quantitative and analytical skills. GRE is basically a Computer Adaptive Test(CAT) nowadays though it followed Pencil-Paper pattern a couple of years ago.
The CAT GRE General Test will have three or four sections.
There will always be :

  • A Verbal Section (30 Questions- 30 Minutes)
  • Quantitative Section (28 Questions - 45 Minutes)
  • An Analytical Writing Section composed of two tasks (75 Minutes)

There may be (not always):

  • An undefined experimental section, which could be a second verbal or quantitative section.
  • An identified optional Research section.

The total score of first two sections viz, verbal & quant is out of 1600 (800 per section) while the analytical writing section is out of 6 marks.

GRE Verbal Ability Pattern

 The Verbal section consists of 30 questions (30 mins) :

  • 8-10 Antonym Questions
  • 6-8 Analogy Questions
  • 5-7 Sentence Completion Questions
  • 6-10 Reading Comprehension Questions (Two or Four Passages)

In general antonym section consumes less time, then analogies, Sentence completion and finally Reading Comprehension Questions.

GRE Quantitative Ability Pattern

 Totally there are 28 questions in the Quant Section which is subdivided into three main sections:

  • 14 Quant Comparison Questions
  • 4 Data Interpretation Questions
  • 10 Discrete Quant Questions

Review: This section must not be a problem for those test takers budding from Engineering domain. The questions are just of plus-two standard. Its easier to score full marks in his section unless you are oblivious. Even an average person can score above 650/800.

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