Everything to know about GRE Test

Everything to know about GRE Test

Everything to know about GRE Test
Sahil Dahal

A lot demands GRE tests of graduate schools worldwide today for engineering, business, law, and computer science programs. It stands for Graduate Record Exam. 

It is a standardised test/ aptitude test designed and administered by ETS- Educational Testing Service- to examine’s student's ability based on verbal reasoning skills, quantitative reasoning skills and analytical writing skills. 

Give this blog a go if you want to have a solid grasp on “Everything to know about GRE Test.”

One needs to know that though GRE has a verbal section, it is not an English proficiency test. As a result, it is not an alternative to IELTS or TOEFL. 

GRE Scores are valid and reportable for 5 years from the test date. GRE Scores can help you obtain scholarships and assistantships from top universities worldwide. 

Though GRE is accepted by many countries like the USA, UK, Denmark, Canada, Germany and others, it is particularly famous in the US. 

GRE Tests are paper-based and computer-based. Nowadays, most universities specifically ask for computer-based GRE Tests. GREs are conducted in more than 1000 centres in over 180 countries. 

Everything to know about GRE Test: GRE Sections

GRE Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative section measures the student’s capability to solve problems using mathematical models student’s grasp on foundation concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis. 

You will also get a basic on-screen calculator to help you with calculations. 

The question types encompassed by GRE Quantitative Reasoning are: 

  • Quantitative Comparison Questions
  • Multiple-choice Questions — Select One Answer Choice
  • Multiple-choice Questions — Select One or More Answer Choices
  • Numeric Entry Questions

GRE Verbal Reasoning

This section examines test takers' ability to identify the author’s perspective, summarize text, differentiate between major and minor points, complete sentences etc. It consists of 3 types of questions. 

  • Reading Comprehension: Long and short passages
  • Text Completion: A small paragraph from 1-5 sentences with 1-3 blanks. You need to choose the correct answers for each blank. Only after getting the correct answer for all the blanks will you get the score. 
  • Sentence Equivalence- Consists of one blank, for which you have to choose 2 correct answers from 6 answer choices. 

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Analytical Writing, also called AWA, is a 1-hour section of the GRE Test. It has 2 tasks. Thirty minutes are allotted for each task. 

This part examines students’ ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively, present them coherently, and support ideas without verbose sentences and based on accompanying evidence. 

The 2 separately timed tasks of this section are: 

  • An Analyze an Issue task (Issue Writing)- This part assesses your ability to understand the question, think about ideas that could support your position and express it via writing. 
  • An Analyze an Argument task (Argument Writing): This section assesses your ability to understand, analyze and evaluate arguments and to convey your evaluation in writing clearly.

Everything to know about GRE Test: GRE Exam and format

You can allocate or book a date to take GRE Exam online via the ETS website. 

This is how you can apply for GRE Exam-

  • Create an account on ETS Website
  • Select the test centre
  • Select the available date and time slot
  • Fill in the personal details and verify them. 
  • Pay GRE Fees


Number of Questions

Separated Time

Analytical Writing (One section with two separately timed tasks)

  • Analyze an Issue task 
  • Analyze an Argument task

30 minutes per task

Verbal Reasoning (Two sections)

20 questions per section

30 minutes per section

Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections)

20 questions per section

35 minutes per section

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Identified Research Section




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Everything to know about GRE Test: How to Register for GRE General Test?

Every individual who is planning to take the GRE test needs to register. 

You can register for the GRE General test by making an ETS account on the official ETS website. While registering for GRE Test, there are things that you must be extra conscious about. 

For instance, the name and surname you use to register must be the same as in your Identification Documents (ID). 

This ID is the document that you will present on your GRE Test day. 

These are the steps you need to follow to register for the GRE General Test: 

  1. Create an account or log into one (if you already have one). Click here: My ETS Account
  2. On your My GRE home page, select Register/Find Test Centers.
  3. Verify your email address, then continue.
  4. To select your test appointment, confirm your time zone, or select a new one.
  5. Choose the two months you would like to take the test and select an available test date from the calendar.
  6. Select an available time for your test, and click "Register for this test."
  7. Follow the directions to continue your registration and pay for your test.

Once your registration has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email from ETS confirming your test choice, test date, test centre or link to launch your at-home test, and score recipients.

Everything to know about GRE Test: GRE Scores

The total score is 340 (Quant and Verbal) and 6.0 for AWA. You will get the unofficial Verbal and Quant score after finishing the test.

The official scores, however, will be available 10-15 days after the test in your ETS Account. Students will get an Email notification in the email they used while registering. 


Score Scale

Verbal Reasoning

130–170, in 1-point increments

Quantitative Reasoning

130–170, in 1-point increments

Analytical Writing

0–6, in half-point increments

What information does GRE Official Score Report have? 

In your ETS account, you will find information in-

  • Contact information (name, phone number and email)
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Intended graduate major
  • Test date(s)
  • GRE test score(s) and the associated percentile ranks
  • Authorized score recipients or fellowship sponsors and the scores reported to those institutions
  • The cumulative record of scores reported within the last five years

If students wish to have a paper copy of the official scores, they must print it from their ETS Account. 

Sending information to universities and Colleges

After getting the official GRE scores, you will send them to institutions of your choice for a higher degree. Wondering what information will be reported to the institution? 

Here they are: 

  • Your contact information (name, address, phone number, email)
  • Your intended graduate major
  • The GRE test score(s) you choose to report with the ScoreSelect® option and the associated percentile ranks

Everything to know about GRE Test: GRE Fees

These are the fees (stated in US Dollars) that you need to pay to take GRE Examinations. This fee is inclusive of sales, use and value-added or similar taxes.







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After paying this fee, other than being eligible to take GRE Exams, you also get some free test materials.  

Look into the table below for the GRE Prep Materials and the price you can buy it for. 

Test Preparation Item


POWERPREP® Online: Two official practice tests, each containing a different set of never-before-published real test questions


POWER PREP PLUS® Online — Three official practice tests (sold separately), each containing a different set of never-before-published real test questions


The Official Guide to the GRE® General Test, Third Edition (available in paperback, also available at many bookstores)


Official GRE® Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions Volume 1, Second Edition (available in paperback, also available at many bookstores)


Official GRE® Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions Volume 1, Second Edition (available in paperback, also available at many bookstores)


Official GRE® Value Combo (eBook Only) — includes the Official GRE® Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions, Volume 1, and the Official GRE® Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions, Volume 1


Official GRE® Super Power Pack — includes The Official Guide to the GRE® General Test, the Official GRE® Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions and the Official GRE® Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions


ScoreItNow!™ Online Writing Practice


If you feel your preparation is inadequate and need to reschedule your GRE Exams, you must pay extra fees/charge.  This is the amount you have to pay for this purpose. 

Special Handling Request


Rescheduling fee — China


Rescheduling fee — All other areas of the world


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Additional Information About GRE Exams

  • You can cancel or reschedule (with an additional charge) your GRE General test date.  
  • If you are rescheduling the test, you need to do it atleast 4 days before the exam day. Note that you can’t postpone the test more than one year after the original appointment date. 
  • If you are cancelling the GRE Exams, you must do it no later than 4 days before the test date. If one cancels the GRE Exam, they will receive refund fees equivalent to the original test fee half. 

How to score well on GRE Test? : Preparation Tips

  • Take an average of 3 months to prepare for the test. 
  • Many test centres are offering GRE preparation classes. These classes are not mandatory, though. Depending on your English or maths proficiency level, you can take the classes or not. 
  • The verbal section has standard vocabulary, so applicants need to learn about words' literal and figurative meanings. 
  • Since the test has time restrictions, it’s practical to prepare the Verbal and Quant section in a tined environment.
  • Don’t take the writing section for granted; prepare for it as well. 
  • Appear on as many GRE Moch tests as you can (2 free power prep tests offered by ETS are hardly enough)
  • Rather than using the advanced scientific or engineering calculator, download the GRE Calculator on the phone and use it for practice. 
  • In the testing room, rather than dwelling on a confusing question, return to it when you finish other questions. 

Some Global Universities accepting GRE Scores

Top Universities in the world accepting GRE Scores for Graduate Programs


Stanford University

UC Berkeley

Oxford University

London School of Economics

Illinois Urbana Champaign

Carnegie Mellon University

Georgia Tech


University of Virginia

University of Texas Austin

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

University of Toronto

Duke University

Arizona State University

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Northwestern University

University of Washington

Ohio State University

University of California Irvine

John Hopkins University


  • How to send GRE scores?

After you have completed the test and viewed your scores, you can choose up to four score recipients on test day as part of your test fee. Your official scores will be sent to them 10–15 days after your test date.

  • How often can I give GRE?

You can give GRE every 21 days, 5 times a year. 

  • Does MBA Program accept GRE Scores? 

The top MBA programs in the world mandatorily ask for GMAT Scores. They also accept equivalent GRE Scores. 

  • Which countries ask for GRE?

Some countries asking for GRE are the USA, Canada, Denmark, and Germany.

  • How long is a GRE Exam?

Overall the GRE Exam is around 3 hours 45 minutes long plus short breaks, 

  • How much time is enough to prepare for GRE Exams?

Depending on the intensity and pace, 3 months is enough for GRE preparation. 

  • What is a Good GRE Score?

A good GRE Score depends on the program you are applying to. In a nutshell, any score above 320 is considered excellent. If you applying for MS, any score of Adobe 300 is good enough for most universities. 

  • Is there an age limit to take GRE Exam? 

No, there is no age limit to taking GRE Exams. 

  • What to bring to GRE General Test at a Test Center? 

You need to bring valid, acceptable identification (preferably a Passport). The ID Document needs to be an original, government-issued, valid, clearly bear your first and last name, and include a recent photograph and signature. Due to current COVID-19 circumstances, you also need to bring a mask. 

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