Graduate record Examinations or the GRE is a mandatory test to be taken by students desirous of getting admission to any masters level program in the USA (other than a business related program-MBA/Management). The GRE is also accepted/required by some universities in Canada.
The GRE tests the student's verbal, mathematical and analytical skills. These can be either computer based tests or paper based tests.
The GRE is broadly classified into two categories:
- General Tests
- Subject Tests
The General Test measures analytical writing, verbal, and quantitative skills of the student.
The analytical writing section tests the student's your critical thinking ability and analytical writing skills.
The verbal section measures the student's ability to analyze the written material provided and evaluate it and synthesize information obtained from it.
The quantitative section measures the student's basic mathematical skills.
Analysis of an issue (choose 1 topic from 2)Analyze an Argument (no choice, only 1 topic will be
The GRE Subject Tests are designed to help and guide the University and College admission committees and the Scholarship committees to gauge the student's Subject knowledge. The tests also provide students with an assessment of their own qualifications.
Good Universities require a good score in relevant GRE Subject Test to consider applicants for admission too.
Subject Tests are currently available in 8 disciplines:
Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology
A good score in GRE plays a key role in admission as well as in obtaining financial aid in the form of tuition waivers (partial/full). The higher the score, the brighter are one's chances with most U.S and Canadian universities. Maximizing the score thus becomes the key.
Type of test
Computer Based Test, for a maximum score of 1600
Number of sections
3 (Quantitative ,Analytical and verbal)
3 hours 30 minutes
US $ 140 (General Test) , $ 150 (Subject Test)
GRE-ETS, payable at Princeton (NJ), U.S.A
No. of tests
Throughout the year
Number of free score reports
4 to the universities and one to the applicant
Additional Score Report Fee
US $ 15 per report
Validity of Test Scores
Decent Score Range
GRE, USA - Important Telephone No. for General Enquiry:
Phone: 001-609-771-7670 Mon-Fri (8am-7.45 pm) EST. Except for US Holidays. Phones are busiest between 11 am and 2 pm EST and all on Mondays.
Mail : GRE-ETS PO Box No 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
Fax : GRE-1-609-771-7906
Scores and/or Additional Score Reports by Phone:
001-609-771-7290 (6am-10 pm) EST, 7 days a week.
How to Register for GRE
Getting The Forms/Bulletins
The first step in planning to register for any of the above tests, is to obtain a Test Bulletin. The Test Bulletin, which is supplied FREE, can be obtained from the following sources:
Prometric Testing Office in Gurgaon and other cities: - only in person You could visit the Prometric testing office in your city and take a form from their office.
Alternatively, you may download the application form and bulletin from the websites, http://www.gre.org/
By phone (for CBT): one may register by calling: 0124-5147700 (New Delhi, India) or FAX: 91-124-5147773
- The lines are usually engaged because of the large number of calls that they get from all over the country. The only solution is to keep trying till you get through. There is just one number.
- You do not need a passport to register for these tests. However, you will need a passport on the test day or you will not be allowed to take the test.
- PLEASE NOTE THAT TWO FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION IS MANDATORY ON THE TEST DAY, ONE OF WHICH MUST BE YOUR VALID PASSPORT.
- To ensure that you get a test date of your choice, register at least one to one and one half months before the required date and three months before for dates in January and March!