Graduate Record Examination - GRE (Newbies)

GRE is directed by the Education Testing Service (ETS) on behalf of the Graduate Record Examinations Board and the Council of Graduate Schools for admission into all graduate academic programs (except management) in universities across USA and Canada and some selected universities across the world including India.
GRE Examination
There are two exams of the GRE
  1. GRE Exam – General: consists of three sections i.e. Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical writing section
  2. GRE Exam - Subject

There are two versions of GRE Exam:

  1. Paper Based GRE EXAM
  2. Computer Based GRE EXAM

The student is given the choice of taking GRE Exam on paper or on the computer. This section helps to determine the students writing and analyzing skills. There are two parts in this section that needs to be answered by the student. The first part has to be finished in 45 minute time limit. The student has to write an essay on the issue of a give topic. The second part deals with analysis of an argument and needs to be completed within 30 minutes. Of the 3 sections the writing test is the first to be taken.


In March 1992 the Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) format of GRE was introduced to students. The GRE CAT superiority lies in its ability to asses the students level of intellect and present questions accordingly. The question paper pattern of the paper based test has been retained. The only differences between the paper based GRE and GRE CAT are In GRE CAT the questions are answered on a computer instead of paper and the questioner differs from person to person depending on their intellect.

The advantage in the CAT format of GRE is that, instead of all the students answering to the same set of questions, the GRE CAT test adapts itself according to the performance leave of the student. Since the first few questions play a crucial role in the progress of the test level, the students have to be more careful at the beginning of the GRE CAT test. Remember answering the first 10 questions correctly in GRE CAT will take you closer to a Score of 800 even if you answer the remaining questions wrongly. First 10 wrong and subsequent questions correct will not fetch you much of a score. Keep this in mind and spend more time and effort in answering the first 10 questions of GRE sections correctly.

GRE Exam Registration GRE Test is administered throughout the year. The student is allowed to take the GRE Exam only once in a month and a total of 5 times in one year period. The official GRE Scores are sent to the student and to the institutions to which the student would be applying within 10 to 15 days after the GRE Exam. The student can register for the GRE Exam online in the web site.

GRE Test Dates

There is no specific GRE test date. A test taker can choose his GRE test date and time in a nearby centre. The GRE test is conducted in almost all major cities around the globe from Monday to Friday two times a day. The problem associated with GRE test date is that during September to December most of the test takers tend to give their GRE test and most of the test takers will choose a day between September and December as their GRE test date. The GRE test dates between September and December will fill up very quickly and so many test takers will be forced to choose a test centre far away from their location to get a desired GRE exam date during this period. To fix a GRE test date one has to contact - Computer-Based Testing Program, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6020, Princeton, NJ 08541-6020 Or calling: 1-800-GRE-CALL

Testing Centers

Test and take GRE Test in the appropriate GRE Test center of his choice. The Graduate Record Examination Board, a non-profit association of graduate business schools, directs the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to administer the GRE test. The questions are set and overseen by the ETS. The GRE Score is sent to the candidate directly by the GRE.

GRE Test center: GRE Testing centers are available in almost every place in the world. The candidate aspiring to Take GRE can contact the appropriate testing center register for GRE. In India, Sylvan Testing Services Pvt Ltd. is a franchise of the ETS which conducts the GRE test through its 9 GRE Testing centers distributed through out the country. These GRE Testing centers are located in Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Trivandrum. You can search the available GRE Test center in your County, City, State or Town by clicking Register for GRE as soon as possible because always popular or desired GRE Testing centers fill up very quickly. By delayed GRE Test registration you may end up in taking GRE at a distant, non desiring GRE Test center.

GRE Exam Cost Generally to register for the GRE test within US and U.S. territories and Puerto Rico amounts to 115 dollars for General test and 130 dollars for Subject test. The registration fee of 140 dollars for General test and 150 dollars for Subject test which amounts to about 7000 rupees has to be paid by the Indian student who wishes to take the test. Students from China, inclusive of Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan, need to pay 175 U.S. dollars as GRE registration fee. The student who wish to reschedule their GRE test is required to pay a 40 dollar reschedule fee. Any additional score report would require 15 dollars as payment for per sheet. The refund on cancellation would amount to 60 dollars and is valid only if the cancellation is made at least 7 days before the chosen test date. The standby fee on registration of GRE is 35 US dollars. Several payment options for paying GRE Fees are available

  • Globally accepted credit card
  • US dollar denominated draft
  • Money Order/Certified Check
  • U.S. Postal Money Order
  • International Money Order
  • UNESCO Coupons

Apart from the course pattern, another change in the GRE exams is in its examination fee, which shot up from $130 to $ 170 this year. While the fees for international students had increased from $115 to $ 130 last year itself, experts think it may go up even further.

GRE Fee Waiver

GRE Fee waivers are available for students based on their financial needs. GRE Fee waivers are available for both GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test. Students who intend to get a GRE Fee waiver must contact Central Financial Aid at 757-226-4125. There are eligibility conditions for the GRE Fee waiver. Contact Central Financial Aid for more information on eligibility conditions for GRE Fee Waiver

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chintu said...

wht shld i do if i am nt satisfied with my gre test at tht instance so as to avoid tht score to be shown up when i give a second try? can i see my scores before accepting or denying for notification to ETS[we do get an option so as to notify ets or nt bt our scores as soon as we finish our test]and does no of attempts is shown in our score card if we give our gre twice, if yes how to avoid it?

Degant Puri said...

Really useful article.
Thanks a lot

Pavani Adarsh Kumar said...

a lot my friend
the article has really helped me to clear most of the doubts that i had abt GRE

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rane said...

i am an indian working in london on a work visa, can i give gre in london although i have an indian passport??

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