The graduate record examination (GRE) Details

Name of Entrance Exam

Graduate Record Examination

Category of Exam

Exam for Study Abroad

About Exam

The GRE General Test is the world’s largest assessment program for graduate admissions. Full-form of GRE is Graduate Record Examination. Over a half million individuals take the GRE General Test in over 1,000 test centers in 160 countries every year, and scores are accepted at thousands of graduate programs around the world, for masters and doctoral degrees. More than 1,200 business schools around the world accept the GRE, including top-ranked MBA programs according to The Financial Times, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. And a handful (currently 19) law schools in the US accept GRE scores, including a few of the very best schools: Harvard, Columbia, Georgetown, and Northwestern.


The Graduate Record Examination or more commonly referred to as GRE is one of the largest assessment programs for admission to graduate courses worldwide. Students planning to pursue admission to graduate programs abroad are required to undertake the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). There is no prescribed age limit or qualification required for candidates to appear for GRE 2018, however, since GRE is an assessment test for admission to graduate courses, candidates are expected to have successfully completed their undergraduate program. Candidates should note that not all programmes and universities require candidates to have a GRE score for admission to graduate programs. Whether a candidate requires to appear for his GRE is entirely on the discretion of the university and the course he is pursuing.

Exam pattern and syllabus

GRE exam has two test formats - GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test. The GRE syllabus is different for each. General Test is the standard exam that tests students’ verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing skills. For more specific courses a Subject Test might be required by the college, as Subject Test focuses on judging the candidate’s expertise in specific fields.

Analytical Writing – The analytical writing section aims to measure the test taker's ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively, support ideas with relevant reasons and examples, examine claims and accompanying evidence, sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion and control the elements of standard written English.

Verbal Reasoning – The verbal reasoning section aims to measure the test taker's ability to analyse and draw conclusions from discourse, reason from incomplete data, identify author's assumptions and/or perspective, select important points, distinguish major from minor or relevant points, summarize text, understand the structure of a text, understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts and understand relationships among words and concepts. Here are some topic covered under the verbal section:

Basic Sentence structure: Nouns, Pronouns, AdjectivesVerb TenseIdioms & Idiomatic ExpressionsPronoun AgreementSubject-Verb AgreementModifiersParallelism

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