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GRE (Graduate Record Examination)




Colleges and universities across US use the Graduate record examination to evaluate students. Graduate record examination GRE is conducted by educational testing service (ETS).

Graduate record examination GRE is a multiple choice test which tests student’s verbal, mathematical and writing abilities. Graduate record examination GRE is a computer based examination and is administered worldwide by ETS.

The GRE Testing Program

1.  The General Test

Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing
2.   Subject Tests

  • Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology


Item Types in General Test:

Verbal Section


  •  Analogies
  •  Sentence Completions
  •  Reading Comprehension


Skills Measured in General Test:
Quantitative Section

  • Understand basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis
  • Reason quantitatively
  • Solve problems in a quantitative setting

Item Types in General Test:
Quantitative Section

  • Arithmetic Questions
  • Algebra Questions
  • Geometry Questions
  • No Construction of Proof Questions
  • Data Analysis Questions

Test Delivery and Test Preparation

  • Verbal and Quantitative Sections are Computer Adaptive Tests
  • Test Preparation Materials are available at the GRE Website:



Analytical Reasoning Tasks

Deductive logic: sets of 3 – 7 related conditions describing a structure of relationships upon which a series of test questions is based (e.g., conditions under which a sequence of events can be scheduled)

Inductive logic:  test questions that ask the examinee to understand, analyze, and evaluate arguments (e.g., identification of an assumption)

Reasons for Including Analytical Writing

  • Expressed desire by graduate schools for information regarding applicants
  • Critical Thinking Skill
  • Writing Skills
  • High correlation of Analytical Reasoning with V and Q measures  (Most of the variance in AR is shared with V and Q.)

Skills Measured in General Test:

Analytical Writing Section

  • Articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
  • Examine claims and accompanying evidence
  • Support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
  • Sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
  • Control the elements of standard written English

Analytical Writing Tasks

  • Present Your Views on an Issue (45 minutes, choice of 2 topics)
  • Analyze an Argument (30 minutes)
  • Each essay is scored on a 0-6 scale using holistic scoring

Two scores for each essay

  • GRE Website presents directions, actual topics, scoring guide, and sample essays for both the Issue and Argument tasks (www.gre.org/gentest.html)


Current GRE Subject Tests

  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology


Subject Tests

  • Most Subject Tests are offered three times a year (November, December, April)
  • Free test preparation is available at test registration.
  • GRE Web site contains details about the content of each test (www.gre.org/subjtest.html)



  • T o register for the test, go to www.gre.com.
  • Current fee: $185 (INR 11,100.00 approx. )
  • Register early! Convenient test days and times fillup fast!
  • Test is generally offered Monday through Saturday.
  • Remember, it takes a minimum of three weeks after you take the test for your scores to be sent to our selected schools.

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