What is the GRE?

GRE or the Graduate Record Examination is a computer-based standardized test which is accepted for admissions in Masters and Ph.D. programs primarily across the US and Canada. (However, many  international universities in various countries also accept GRE scores.)


GRE Exam has 3 sections, namely the Verbal section, the Quant Section, and the AWA (Analytical Writing Section).

An 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.

An identified research section that does not count toward your score 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.

What is the scoring scale for the GRE?

  1. The AWA section grades are from 0-6 in 0.5-point increments.

  2. The Quantitative Reasoning section scores are from 130-170 in 1-point increment.

  3. The Verbal Reasoning section scores are from 130-170 in 1-point increment.

  4. Total scores are from 260-340 in 1-point increment; AWA scores are separate.

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More details about GRE Exam

The GRE is a 3 hours 45 minutes examination.

You get 1-min breaks between each section.

After the 3rd section, you get a 10-min break.

The cost for GRE varies from $130 to $210 w.r.t your country.

Your GRE score will be valid for 5 years.

GRE score can be used to apply for business studies (some universities)

When to take the GRE Test?

There are a couple of key factors that impact when you should take the GRE test. These are:

  • Application deadlines for your chosen programs.

  • Enough time to take a retest, if required.

You should take the exam such that the scores of your retest will be available by the time your application deadlines hit. That is, about four weeks before your application deadline.

FAQs about the GRE Exam

Q. What is the duration of GRE General Test?
Ans. The GRE General Test is for 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Q. Is there any break during the GRE Exam sections?
Ans. A one-minute break is provided between each section. A 10-minute break is provided after the 3rd section.

Q. GRE score is valid for how many years?
Ans. The GRE score is valid for 5 years.

Q. What is the cost of taking the GRE?
Ans. The cost of the GRE exam varies between US $130 and US $210 depending upon the country you take the test in. GRE entrance exam fee in India is US $205 or ₹14,287.

Q. Does any other course accept GRE test score?
Ans. A few law courses accept GRE score as well.

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