What exam one should write to study Masters in Germany?

Many colleges in Germany simply consider IELTS or TOEFL score, just to check your competence in English. English skills are checked only if the course is to be taught in English at a particular university. There are some colleges which require you to prove your proficiency in German language through tests like TestDaF, DSH. But having a good GRE score can improve your profile. It will also make you eligible to apply for universities which have made it mandatory to give GRE for MS admissions. Target a score of 310+ in GRE for a better chance of getting into top German Universities. 

Some colleges in Germany apart from GRE score also require you to score at least a 6.5 band in IELTS, where they teach the course in English. Here is the list of top MS colleges in Germany that accept GRE score:-

Top Colleges in Germany accepting GRE scores for MS:


IELTS band


Dresden University of Technology



University of KIel


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology



FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences



Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg



University of Rostock



University of Gottingen


EBS University of Business and Law


University of Paderborn



University of Augsburg



University of Regensburg


University of Konstanz


Step-Wise Admission Process for MS in Germany:

After the US and the UK, Germany is the most popular destination for those planning to pursue their higher studies overseas. Germany is a developed country and spends a huge sum of money in the fields of research and education. Germany provides excellent opportunities for aspiring international graduate students.  

Here is why you should consider Germany as the destination to pursue your MS:

Cost of living

The overall cost of living in Germany is less in comparison to other popular destinations of learning. For most programmes, they charge very little or even no tuition fees.

Top-notch Universities 

There are more top-ranked Universities in Germany than any other country except for the USA and the UK.

World-class Innovation

Germany has a great history in developing new technologies. Therefore, German universities offer an excellent research environment for graduate students, to prosper in the company of innovators.

Step 1:

Select a course
Germany is famous for the specialized courses it provides in Mechatronics, Automobile & Automotive courses, Computer Sciences, and Energy Studies. Do some research on which is the best university for the course you want to do!

Step 2:

There is a lot of competition for admission in German universities. Expertise in a subject is required along with a strong academic background. Candidates who have done research work are given more preference for admissions. That’s why students with a good GRE score tend to have an additional advantage over students without a GRE/GATE score. Target 310+ score to significantly increase your chances of getting an admission into top colleges.

Step 3:

Choose a University

After you have your GRE score in hand, narrow down on the universities based on:

  1. Research interest
  2. Budget
  3. Profile

Step 4:

 Get in touch with Professors

Talk to the professors in the university, who work in the department of your interest. Especially those, who back your ideas for research.  

Step 5:

Transcript Attestation
Some German Universities require you to get your undergraduate transcripts attested by the German Embassy. Depending on the state you have studied in, the number of days required to attest your college transcripts may vary.

Step 6: 

Letter Of Intent
Some German Universities require you to submit a Letter of Intent, telling them why you are passionate about the course and qualified to pursue a Master’s degree.

Step 7:

  Learn German
Improve your German Language proficiency. Take a crash course and aim for A-1 grade. Take tests like TestDaF, DSH etc. to prove proficiency in German.

Step 8:

Prepare a resume that outlines your qualifications and achievements.

GRE exam fee:

The application fee for GRE General Test is $205 worldwide, which almost translates to INR 14500.

Also, candidates have to pay for special handling requests like:

  • Late registration fee: $25
  • Standby testing: $25
  • Rescheduling fee: $50   
  • Changing the test centre: $50

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Know about GRE:

The GRE Exam (Graduate Record Examination) is conducted by ETS (Educational Testing Service). It is a standardized online exam that is required to apply for a Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in any field overseas. You can take the GRE exam any time during a year by selecting a slot for the exam 45 days prior.


The GRE is conducted in multiple stages. In this test, the difficulty of next section depends upon your performance in previous section. The difficulty level of questions within a section does not change. If you do well in the first verbal section, the difficulty level of second verbal section will automatically increase. The scores for Verbal and Quant sections are between 130 to 170 in one point increments. Analytical writing is scored on a scale of 0 to 6, in 0.5 increments.

GRE Syllabus:

The GRE exam basically consists of 3 sections namely: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. Time duration of GRE test is 3 hours and 45 minutes. There are two sections each on verbal and quantitative reasoning, one section on analytical writing. The sixth section is redundant as it has no role to play in calculation of final score.

The syllabus for GRE is as follows:-

Quantitative Reasoning –

The quantitative reasoning aims to find out the understanding, interpreting and analyzing ability of a candidate, through the presented quantitative information. The questions are of high-school level. This section can be further divided into 4 major sections: Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Data analysis. Candidates taking the computer-based test are provided with on-screen calculators and those taking the paper-based test are provided handheld calculators. However, the ETS GRE website contains some guidelines that advise against the use of the calculator for some type of questions. It points out that the powers of reasoning and estimating may be more effective and less time-consuming in these cases.

Detailed syllabus is as follows:-

  • Arithmetic:-
  1. Integers
  2. Fractions
  3. Exponents and Roots
  4. Decimals
  5. Real Numbers
  6. Ratio
  7. Percentages
  • Algebra:-
  1. Operations with Algebraic Expressions
  2. Rules of Exponents
  3. Solving Linear Equations
  4. Solving Quadratic Equations
  5. Solving Linear Inequalities
  6. Functions
  7. Applications
  8. Coordinate Geometry
  9. Graphs of Functions
  • Geometry:-
  1. Lines and Angles
  2. Polygons
  3. Triangles
  4. Quadrilaterals
  5. Circles
  6. 3-D Figures
  • Data Analysis:-
  1. Graphical Methods for Describing Data
  2. Numerical Methods for Describing Data
  3. Counting Methods
  4. Probability
  5. Distributions of Data, random Variables and Probability Distributions
  6. Data Interpretation Examples

Verbal Reasoning –

Candidates are provided passages, which they must analyse in order to draw inferences. This section tests a candidate’s ability to comprehend the written material, read and find out the logical relationship between the points.

The verbal reasoning section measures a candidate’s ability to read and understand written material of a kind, which is commonly used in academics. Three types of questions make up this section: (i) Reading comprehension; (ii) Text completion; (iii) Sentence equivalence. In order to comprehend passages, a candidate has to identify the relationships between parts of a sentence. He must be able to analyse associations between words and concepts.

The topics covered under this section are as follows:-

  • Basic sentence: Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives
  • Verb Tense
  • Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions
  • Pronoun Agreement
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Modifiers
  • Parallelism

Analytical Writing –

In this section, the writing skills of a candidate are tested. Candidates are given the topics on which they have to write. They may also be given passages, on the basis of which they have to write the answers. The topics on which they have to write could be related to anything like education, arts, politics, philosophy, sciences and technology, so the syllabus of this section is quite vast.

GRE subject tests:

These subject-specific tests can be taken to show your expertise in a particular subject. They can help a candidate to demarcate himself from other applicants, through portrayal of subject-specific knowledge. Each gre subject test is intended for students who have an undergraduate major or extensive background in one of these six disciplines:

  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. English Literature
  4. Mathematics
  5. Physics
  6. Psychology 

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