With a lot of online exams and opportunities available for students to give it a try and study abroad GRE is considered as on of the toughest to crack. Let’s take a keen look on this test and get to know what it is all about.
About Graduate record examination 2019
GRE stands for graduate record exam which is a standard exam required for admission in graduate schools in the United States. The exam assesses your critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning skills. More than a million students appear for this exam every year to apply for masters and doctoral courses abroad.
Facts about Graduate record examination 2019
|Annual number of test takers||More than 5 lacs in 2017|
|Scores valid in||United States|
|Grade validity||5 years|
|Purpose||Admission in master’s and doctoral degree|
|Administered by||Educational testing service|
Graduate record examination 2019eligibility
As the name suggests this exam is taken to get admission in the graduate schools abroad hence it is necessary that the aspirant must have completed the under graduate course to apply for this test. There is no set age limit by the administration department.
Types of Graduate record examination 2019
GRE exam is divided into 2 types:
Graduate record examination general test:
The general test is based to test your knowledge on verbal reasoning, quantitative ability
It is a computer based test with duration of 3 hours and 45 minutes and can be taken once in every 21 days.
Graduate record examination subject test:
This test is planned to assess your knowledge on a particular subject and is attempted by the students who want to apply for specialization in particular subjects. This test is conducted for microbiology, chemistry, literature, math, physics, and psychology. The GRE subject test is conducted on a fixed date like any other entrance exam.
It is a paper-based test and is conducted only thrice in a year in the months of September, October, and April.
Graduate record examination 2019 fees
The fees for is examination has to be paid in US dollars and it is not allowed to be paid in your local currency.
|Rest of the world||$205|
|Late registration fees||$25|
|Changing test center||$50|
|Additional score reports||$27|
Graduate record examination 2019exam pattern
GRE General Test and GRE Subject Tests both have different exam patterns. On one hand, GRE General Test assesses skills acquired through everyday learning overtime while on the other hand GRE Subject Tests measures the knowledge in a particular field of study.
Graduate record examination 2019 general test
This test is again taken in 2 parts computer-based pattern and paper-based pattern. Let’s have a look at both the patterns.
This test is divided into 6 sections with a duration of 3 hours and 45 minutes.
Verbal reasoning section assesses your reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and vocabulary. The section consists of 2 parts with20 questions in each part.
Quantitative reasoning section is there to assess to mathematical knowledge in depth and is further divided into 2 parts comprising of 20 questions each with a time allotment of only 35 minutes per section.
Analytical writing part has 2 sections where you have to write essays on any given topic. This part has 2 questions and you will be given 30 minutes to complete it. Students are made to write an essay on 2 topics based on Analyze an issue and analyze an argument.
This part is divided into six sections two sections each of Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning with a duration of 3 hours 30 minutes and a 10 minutes break after the second section.
Aspirants can attempt the VR and QR section in any order they wish. The analytical section has to be attempted first followed by the other two sections.
Graduate record examination 2019 subject test
The duration of GRE subject test is 2 hours and 50 minutes. This is a subject based test and comprises of 6 different subjects which a student can choose and apply for.
Biology has 190 questions from three major areas: cellular and molecular biology, organism biology, and ecology and evolution.
Chemistry has 130 multiple choice questions from all four traditional parts of chemistry and interrelationship models.
Literature part comprises of 230 questions in total based on the essay, the short story, the novel, criticism, literary theory, poetry, drama, biography and the history of English language
Mathematics consists of 66 questions from the entire undergraduate level syllabus
Physics has 100 questions in total aimed at clarity and in-depth knowledge of the subject by the aspirants
Psychology has 205 multiple choice questions from the core knowledge that covers the entire syllabus of undergraduate level
Graduate record examination result
All the candidates will receive an email from GRE about the declaration of the result which they can check by logging in to their respective accounts.
A copy of the scorecard is also sent within 15 days and for the paper test, it takes around 5 weeks. Additional GRE Score Reports can be requested by candidates online, via mail or fax by paying an additional charge of $27 which will be sent to the students within a week.
If you are not satisfied with your result than a score review can also be done by paying a fee of $50
GRE scoring system
Both the GRE tests have different scoring systems the details for which are discussed below:
GRE general test: The verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections are given scores from 130-170 with a plus 1 on every correct answer and the analytical section has a range of 0-6 with half point increment.
GRE subject test: all the subjects have the same score range of 200 to 990 with 10 points increment except biology and psychology which have a range of 20-99 with 1 point increment
How to register for GRE?
There are 2 ways in which you can register for GRE in India
- Online registration
- Mail registration
- Candidates who are planning to fill their form online must have an ETS account or must make one.
- Fill in all your details and do not forget to cross check them before submitting to avoid discrepancies in the future.
- All payment options are accepted in filling the form
- Online registration is not available for aspirants with disabilities and health-related needs.
Complete the Registration Form for the GRE Subject Tests and mail it with payment to the address printed on the form. The form must be received at ETS by the registration deadline. Allow four weeks for processing.
After your mail registration has been processed
You will receive a confirmation mail which will have all the details related to exam date, venue, time.
You might also be asked to provide a voice sample and photo, refusing to which will lead to cancellation of your registration
After reading this article I hope you must be clear about the GRE exam and its major points. Now get ready and start preparing for your attempt and come out with flying colors.
ALL THE BEST!!