GRE Exam Overview


GRE Full-Form

Graduate Record Examination

What is GRE Exam?

The GRE is a multiple-choice, computer-based, standardized exam that is often required for admission to graduate programs and graduate business programs (MBA) globally. GRE is one of the most commonly accepted exams by universities and colleges abroad for admissions to graduate programs. Students who want to pursue a master’s, Ph.D., or MBA are also required to take the GRE General Test. In addition, students give the GRE exam to get a merit-based scholarship for grad school. Thousands of graduate schools across the world accept the GRE test score. Besides this, various law schools and business schools, and different departments within these institutions accept the GRE test scores.

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Why GRE Exam is Required?

The GRE is a standardised test for students who want to go to graduate school. Consider it similar to an ACT or SAT for graduate school applications. It assesses linguistic, mathematical, and analytical writing abilities. The GRE is the most generally needed and most commonly taken graduate school entrance exam. If you apply to graduate school, your GRE scores will most certainly be utilised as one of the factors admissions staff consider when determining if you'd be a suitable fit for their institution and programme.

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GRE Exam Highlights 2023

GRE full form Graduate Record Examinations
Official Website of IELTS
Most popular for MS courses in the USA
Also accepted for MBA courses outside India
Conducted by ETS (Educational Testing Service)
Mode of Exam Computer-delivered test
Paper-delivered test
GRE at Home
GRE Fee US $213
Score Range Verbal Reasoning score range: 130–170
Quantitative Reasoning score range: 130–170
Analytical Writing score range: 0–6
GRE Contact +91-1244517127 or 000-800-100-4072
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. IST
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Types of GRE Exams

There are Two Types of GRE tests:
1. GRE General Test
2. GRE Subject Test.

What is GRE general test?

Students who desire to study for an MS degree in a variety of subjects overseas take the GRE General Test. A student's numeric aptitude, analytical writing ability, and verbal thinking abilities are tested in this test. The exam is given throughout the year, and students can take it whenever they like. In places where computer-delivered testing is not accessible, the paper-based GRE General Test is administered up to twice a year.
The GRE General Test is offered in three different formats:
1. GRE Computer Based Test
2. GRE Paper Based Test
3. GRE at Home Test

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What is GRE Subject test?

The GRE Subject Test is designed to assess candidates' knowledge in a specific subject. The GRE Subject Test is administered in the months of September, October, and April, and it lasts 2 hours and 50 minutes. Physics, psychology, mathematics, literature (English), biochemistry, biology, and chemistry are all included in these exams. This test is generally necessary for entrance to specialised courses.

Candidates must appear for only one of the following subjects from the list below:
1. Chemistry
2. Mathematics
3. Physics
4. Psychology

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GRE general test vs subject test

Candidates can check the table below to understand how the GRE General Test differs from the GRE Subject Test.

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How to Prepare for GRE?

  • There are two methods to prepare for the GRE: self-study and attending coaching programmes.

  • If money is an issue, self-study is a preferable alternative. However, keep in mind that in order to study independently, you must have access to the most up-to-date preparation suggestions for each portion of the GRE exam.

  • Coaching classes, on the other hand, are an excellent alternative if you don't have enough time and require expert supervision for test preparation. Your time will be better handled because attending lessons on a regular basis will become part of your habit.

Type of test An aptitude eligibility test to seek admission in a B-school or a Masters abroad Subject-based eligibility test to seek graduation or a post-graduation abroad in a specialized subject
Conducted Computer-based center, or via a paper-delivered test A paper-delivered test conducted thrice a year in the months of September, April, and October
Test Overall aptitude test of Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing ests conducted in various subjects - Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Psychology
GRE Test Duration 3hrs 45mins 2hrs 50mins
Scoring 260-340 score scale, in 1-point increment 200 to 990 score scale, in 10-point increments
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When to apply for GRE?

There is some uncertainty about the best timing to take the GRE Exam. Candidates should be aware that both the GRE at Home and the GRE test at test centres are offered all year. Candidates who are unsure when they should take the GRE exam are recommended to register for the GRE exam once they have thoroughly studied for it. According to GRE experts, the best time to take the GRE exam is 60 to 90 days before the university application deadline. This manner, the candidates would have adequate time to retake the GRE test if necessary.

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GRE Exam Fee

GRE form fees vary depending on your place of origin and the type of GRE test you choose to take. As a result, the GRE exam fees for the General and Subject examinations differ. While the cost of the GRE General Test differs depending on the applicant's region, the cost of the Subject Test is the same all across the world.

Candidates who wish to use additional services will have to pay an additional cost. Charges for special processing of service requests are shown below.

Exchange Rate: US $1 = INR74.45

GRE Services GRE Exam Fee in INR
GRE General Test Fee INR 15,857.70
GRE Subject Fee INR 11,164.92.
GRE Reschedule Fee INR 3,661
GRE Late Registration Fee INR 1,830.50
GRE Standby testing Fee INR 3,661
GRE Changing the test centre Fee INR 3,661
GRE Subject Change Fee INR 3,661
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GRE Online Registration

To register for the GRE online, candidates must first complete the procedures outlined below.
  • Candidates must register for an ETS account on the official website.
  • Choose whether they wish to take the GRE General or GRE Subject Test.
  • Choose the day for which they wish to take the GRE Exam and locate the nearest test centre.
  • Provide their academic information.
  • Proceed to pay the $213 registration cost.
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GRE Exam Center

As most candidates are aware, the GRE General Test is offered at the GRE Test Centers listed below, as well as at home by selecting for the GRE at Home - which is the GRE General Test from the convenience of your own home. Candidates can view a list of GRE Test Centers in India collected by us for the convenience of our readers, which is provided below. Before reserving a GRE slot, candidates should verify the official GRE website or with the GRE test centres to ensure that the test centre is operational.

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