GRE - Overview


GRE Subject Tests assess your understanding of a particular subject. This test brings to the notice of graduate schools about an applicants’ knowledge in a specific area. Thus, giving the applicant an edge over the other applicants.

The GRE General Test measures skills that have been acquired over a period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. It Areas it measures are:
  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical writing
  • Verbal reasoning and
  • Quantitative reasoning

Structure of the Computer-based Test

Number of Questions Allotted Time
 Analytical Writing
(One section with two separately timed tasks)
One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning
(Two sections)
20 questions per section   
30 minutes per task
 Quantitative Reasoning (2Sections)
 20 questions per section 35 minutes per section
 Unscored Varies  Varies
 Research Varies  Varies

Structure of the Paper-based Test

 MeasureNumber of Questions  Allotted Time
 Analytical Writing
(Two sections)

 Section 1: "Analyze an Issue" task
Section 2: "Analyze an Argument" task
 30 minutes per section
 Verbal Reasoning
(Two sections)
25 questions per section 35 minutes per section
 Quantitative Reasoning
(Two sections)
25 questions per section40 minutes per section

The GRE Subject Tests

The GRE Subject Tests gauge the undergraduate achievement in eight specific fields of study.
  1. Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  2. Biology
  3. Chemistry
  4. Computer Science
  5. Literature in English
  6. Mathematics
  7. Physics
  8. Psychology
A candidate may take either GRE (General) test or GRE subject test or both depending upon the courses and the chosen institute or university.


GRE score report contains your:
  •  Contact information (name, phone number and email)
  •   Date of birth
  •   Gender
  •   Test date(s)
  •   GRE test score(s) and the associated percentile ranks
  •   Intended graduate major
  •   Authorized score recipients or fellowship sponsors and the scores reported to those institutions
  •  Cumulative record of scores of the past five years.
Official score reports sent to your chosen  institutions:
  •     Contact information (name, address, phone number, email)
  •     Intended graduate major
  •     GRE test score(s) and the associated percentile ranks.
Score reports sent to institutions will not include any information about the institutes you  have chosen. Additionally, institution score reports include only the scores that you selected to send to them using the ScoreSelectSM option. There will be not be any mention if you have taken additional GRE tests.

GRE revised General Test

 Scores Reported
Verbal Reasoning
 130–170, in 1 point increments
 Quantitative Reasoning 130–170, in 1 point increments
 Analytical Writing 0–6, in half point increments
GRE test scores are valid for five years.

Score SelectSM Option
  • The new  ScoreSelectSM option lets you decide which test scores to send to the institutions of your choice.
  • You can send scores of the most recent test or scores for all of the times you’ve taken a GRE test as part of your four free score reports.
  • The new Score Select option is available for both the GRE revised (General) test and GRE subject tests, and can be used by anyone with reportable scores from the last five years.
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