GRE General Test- An Introduction

GRE General Test

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is the only test that any person needs to take for admissions into graduate or business schools abroad. The GRE General test evaluates candidate’s skills in Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing. Prospective students wanting to do a Masters, MBA or a Doctorate degree, need to take this test, as it forms a major part of the application to the universities. The GRE General test provides a common platform to assess all the students qualification through a single measure.

GRE Revised General Test

The GRE revised General test is just a revamped version of the old GRE General test. The new GRE test moved to a new scoring system, effectively replacing the old method of scoring between 200-800 with scores between 130-170 marks with one mark increments for right answers. The Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections are now scored between 130 – 170 marks while the Analytical Writing is scored between 0 – 6 with half mark increments. The test also allows candidates to go back to questions previously skipped or change the answers to previous questions. The revised GRE test also introduced the adaptive test format.

The Official Guide to GRE Test

ETS provides the candidates with a few free preparation guides. The POWERPREP Online is a tool which can be used to simulate the GRE Computer-based test and it is available for two attempts. The Practice Test for Paper-delivered GRE General Test can be used as a preparation for the paper-based test. The Math Review is a free document that revises the math concepts which are important for the GRE test. Apart from the free materials, there are more paid preparation materials which can be brought. However, there are a number of free GRE apps which are easily available online among which – BYJU’S GRE Learning App is the leading provider of app based study; the app can be downloaded from Google Play Store and App Store.

GRE General Test Fee

The GRE General test costs US$ 205 irrespective of the type of test the candidate chooses, viz. Computer-based or Paper-based. In terms of Indian Rupee, the GRE test costs approximately INR. 13330.

GRE General Test Syllabus

Section Syllabus
Verbal Reasoning Syllabus

Basic sentence structure, verb tense, idioms and idiomatic expression, pronoun agreement, subject verb agreement, modifiers, parallelism, great vocabulary

Quantitative Reasoning Syllabus

Number, percentage, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, simple and compound interest, speed distance and time, permutation and combination, linear equation, quadratic equation, set theory, statistics, powers and roots, probability, work and time, geometry, coordinate geometry, mensuration

Analytical Writing Syllabus Basic sentence structure

GRE General Test vs GRE Subject Test

Bases GRE General Test GRE Subject Test
Purpose Entry to Graduate, Business or Doctoral degree Entry to technical graduate programs
Required by Graduate or Business schools Scientific and technical universities or individual dept.
Adaptive Computer adaptive test, paper-based Paper based test
Duration 3 hours 45 minutes 2 hours and 50 minutes
Fees US$205 US$150
Test contents Verbal, Quant and AWA Specific specialization in the 7 subjects like: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology



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