The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a 3.9 hour, multiple-choice, multi-stage test required by most graduate schools. It’s run by the Educational Testing Service, the same people who run the SAT.
Schools differ in how they use your GRE score. Some consider it very important, while others view it as a formality. We recommend asking your prospective programs – most will be quite willing to tell you what part the test plays in their admissions decisions.
GRE tests the following abilities of the students:
Analytical Writing: The skills measured include the student’s ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively, examine claims and accompanying evidence, support ideas with relevant reasons and examples, sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion and control the elements of standard written English.
Verbal Reasoning: The skills measured include the student’s ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships between words and concepts.
Quantitative Reasoning: The skills measured include the student’s ability to understand basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry, and data analysis, reason quantitatively and solve problems in a quantitative setting.
There is no age limit specified for taking the GRE. Nor is there any defined academic eligibility for taking the test. Students can register for the test irrespective of age and qualifications.
However, since the test is one of the requirements for graduate level programs, schools abroad require an undergraduate degree from a recognized university to consider an applicant’s GRE score for a graduate or PhD program. The test taker also needs to hold a valid passport to take the GRE.
- Test takers need to create a GRE account on www.ets.org/gre to book a test date
- The first name, last name, and date of birth given at the time of registration has to match with the identification proof presented by the test taker on the day of the test.
- In India the only identification proof accepted at a GRE test center is a valid passport.
- Unless the passport is valid on the day of the test the test taker will not be allowed to take the GRE.
- Test takers can register for the GRE if they have applied for a passport or plan to apply for one before taking the GRE.
- The GRE cannot be taken more than five times within a rolling 12- month period.
Test takers must wait at least 21 days after they have taken the GRE before they can retake the test.