If you are in your college, have passed from college or have gained enough job experience, and want to give a push to your career to a brighter future by getting an M.S or MBA degree, then the question you will find yourself asking is; what exactly is GRE and why is it important? GRE is the abbreviation used for Graduate Record Examination, which assesses the strengths of a candidate for joining the grad school and B-schools. GRE is administered and developed by ETS, Educational Testing Service, which is also responsible for conducting SATs and TOEFL. GRE is a global competitive examination that works as an entrance test for most universities in the USA, UK, Canada, Germany, Australia, etc. An exam of such value should be treated with high level of seriousness. GRE tests your capabilities through a series of questions from the field of quantitative aptitude, verbal reasoning and analytical writing. The three sections jointly targets on the skills of applicant to check their strength in reasoning, along with the capacity of problem solving and proficiency in English language. To ace this exam it is important to understand why these three sections were chosen for checking the proficiency level of a person.
Why only these three?
The answer is straightforward and as clear as crystal. Quantitative aptitude was chosen as a method to check the basics in solving the math problems, which is essential in real life. Verbal reasoning worked as the tactic for checking the vocabulary and efficiency in English language that will help you in adapting to the environment of the grad school. The analytical writing was added in GRE syllabus to check grammar and punctuation, along with evaluation quotient.
Moving further, let’s check out what the Pandora’s Box of GRE hides for these three sections:
- GRE Quantitative aptitude: This section is made up of two sub- sections
- Problem Solving- In this part you will be presented with a problem and will be asked to perform one of the three tasks that are: selecting answer from five given choices, select one or more answer from given answer or provide a numerical value from what you have calculated.
- Quantitative Comparison- This section is different from problem solving section. In this, you will get two columns, and you will have to find a relation between these two columns; for example determining which has the bigger area, shape present in column A or column B, etc.
- GRE Verbal reasoning: It is made up of three sub-sections
- Reading comprehension- In this, you will need to answer questions based on some passage given.
- Text completion: Here, a sentence or paragraph will be given that has one, two, or three blanks and you have to fill those white spaces with the best choice.
- Sentence Equivalence: A sentence will be given with a single blank and with six choices. You have to choose two options so that for both the options, the meaning of the word remains the same.
- GRE Analytical writing: It consists of two essays
- Analyze an Issue- You will have to write an essay on which you can place your response for the given issue.
- Analyze an Argument- Here; you will need to deconstruct the given argument.
These are the basics of GRE that every GRE examinee should know to excel this exam, as your performance will decide your future in your dream school.