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GRE - Gradate Record Examination

What is the GRE?

The GRE is a standardized test that is part of the admission requirements of many graduate schools in the US, in other English-speaking countries, and for English-taught graduate and business programs world-wide. You can view a complete list of graduate schools and universities that accept the GRE here (insert link: www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/gre_aidi_fellowships.pdf). It was created in 1949 and is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  

Test Structure

The GRE is a computer-based test and was revised in 2011. The total test time is about 3 hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section:

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¹An unidentified unscored section that does not count toward your score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. Questions in the unscored section are being tried out either for possible use in future tests or to ensure that scores on new editions of the test are comparable to scores from earlier editions.

²An identified research section that is not scored may be included in place of the unscored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test. Questions in this section are included for ETS research purposes and will not count toward your score

Source: www.ets.org/gre

Test Content

The GRE tests the candidates’ verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills:

1.     Analytical Writing: This section measures the candidates’ 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

·         control the elements of standard written English 

2.     Verbal Reasoning: This section measures the candidates’ ability to

·         analyze and draw conclusions from discourse; reason from incomplete data; identify author’s assumptions and/or perspectives; understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative, and author’s intent

·         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; understand relationships among words and among concepts 

3.     Quantitative Reasoning: This section measures the candidates’ ability to

·         understand quantitative information

·         interpret and analyze quantitative information

·         solve problems using mathematical models

·         apply basic mathematical skills and elementary mathematical concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics

To see the test schedule and register to take the GRE, please visit the ETS homepage

¹An unidentified unscored section that does not count toward your score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. Questions in the unscored section are being tried out either for possible use in future tests or to ensure that scores on new editions of the test are comparable to scores from earlier editions.

²An identified research section that is not scored may be included in place of the unscored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test. Questions in this section are included for ETS research purposes and will not count toward your score

Source: www.ets.org/gre

Test Content

The GRE tests the candidates’ verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills:

1.     Analytical Writing: This section measures the candidates’ 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

·         control the elements of standard written English

 

2.     Verbal Reasoning: This section measures the candidates’ ability to

 

·         analyze and draw conclusions from discourse; reason from incomplete data; identify author’s assumptions and/or perspectives; understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative, and author’s intent

·         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; understand relationships among words and among concepts

 

3.     Quantitative Reasoning: This section measures the candidates’ ability to

 

·         understand quantitative information

·         interpret and analyze quantitative information

·         solve problems using mathematical models

·         apply basic mathematical skills and elementary mathematical concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics

To see the test schedule and register to take the GRE, please visit the ETS homepage