Graduate Record Examinations

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for many graduate schools in the United States, in other English-speaking countries and for English-taught graduate and business programs world-wide. It is administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) the exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based, computer adaptive exam administered by selected qualified testing centers; however, paper-based exams are offered in areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available. In UAE, the computer Bases Examination is administered.
In the graduate school admissions process, the level of emphasis that is placed upon GRE scores varies widely between schools and between departments within schools. The importance of a GRE score can range from being a mere admission formality to an important selection factor.
 ETS erases all test records that are older than 5 years, although graduate program policies on the admittance of scores older than 5 years will vary.

The exam consists of four sections.
The first section is a writing section, while the other three are multiple-choice style. One of the multiple choice style exams will test verbal skills, another will test quantitative skills and a third exam will be an experimental section that is not included in the reported score. The entire test procedure takes about 4 hours.

Verbal section
The verbal section consists of text completions, sentence equivalence and reading comprehension passages. Multiple-choice response sections are graded on a scale of 130 - 170. This section primarily tests vocabulary, and average scores in this section are substantially lower than those in the quantitative section. In a typical examination, this section may consist of 20 questions, and 30 minutes may be allotted for it.
Quantitative section
The quantitative section, the other multiple-choice section, consists of problem solving and quantitative comparison questions that test high-school level mathematics. Multiple-choice response sections are graded on a scale of 130–170. In a typical examination, this section may consist of 28 questions, and test takers may be given 45 minutes to complete the section. This section typically includes 14 quantitative comparison questions, 10 discrete quantitative questions (multiple-choice) and 4 data interpretation questions.
Analytical writing section
The analytical writing section consists of two different essays, an "issue task" and an "argument task". The writing section is graded on a scale of 0-6. The essays are written on a computer using a word processing program specifically designed by ETS. The program allows only basic computer functions and does not contain a spell-checker or other advanced features. Each essay is scored by at least two readers on a six-point holistic scale. If the two scores are within one point, the average of the scores is taken. If the two scores differ by more than a point, a third reader examines the response.

  1. Issue task

The test taker is given a topic upon which to write an essay. The time allowed for this essay is 30 minutes. Issue topics are selected from a pool of questions.

  1. Argument task

The test taker will be given an "argument" and will be asked to write an essay that critiques the argument. Test takers are asked to consider the argument's logic and to make suggestions about how to improve the logic of the argument. Test takers are expected to address the logical flaws of the argument, not to provide a personal opinion on the subject. The time allotted for this essay is 30 minutes. Arguments are selected from a pool of topics.
Experimental section
The experimental section, which can be either a verbal, quantitative, or analytical writing task, contains new questions that ETS is considering for future use. Although the experimental section does not count toward the test-taker's score, it is unidentified and appears identical to the real (scored) part of the test. As test takers have no clear way of knowing which section is experimental, they are forced to complete this section. This section does not appear on all GRE examinations. Furthermore, an identified and unscored section of such experimental questions, asked for research purposes, can appear at the end of the test.



Verbal Reasoning

130 – 170, in 1 point increments

Quantitative Reasoning

130 – 170, in 1 point increments

Analytical Writing

0 – 6, in half point increments


Retaking the GRE revised General Test

You can take the GRE revised General Test (computer-based and paper-based) only once every 60 days, and no more than five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period. This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously. If you take only the paper-based GRE revised General Test, you can take it as often as it is offered.
Note: The retaking a test policy will be enforced even if a violation is not immediately identified (e.g., inconsistent registration information). If the violation is identified after registration but before the test administration, the testing appointment will be canceled and test fees will be forfeited. If the violation is identified after test scores have been reported, the invalid scores will be canceled, score recipients will be notified of the cancellation and test fees will be forfeited.



                                               Standard Test Administration 

GRE revised General Test — United States, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico


GRE revised General Test — all other locations


Special Handling Requests

Late registration fee (paper-based test online registration only)


Standby testing (paper-based test only)


Rescheduling fee


Changing your test center


Scoring Services

Scores by phone


Additional Score Reports (ASR) — per recipient


Question-and-Answer review service — Verbal Reasoning & Quantitative Reasoning sections only


Score review for Analytical Writing measure


Paper-based test multiple-choice hand scoring


Score reinstatement fee


*(The fee given above is as on 1st December 2011. Please confirm the fees before you start registering)

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