GRE Overview

The GRE General test is taken by students for admission into master's, MBA, specialized master's in business, J.D. degree, or doctoral degree. There are more than one 1000 GRE Test Centers across 160 countries of the world.  GRE General is offered as Computer Based Test throughout the year. However at some locations where Computer Delivered Test is not available Paper Based Test is administered.

GRE General Test Question Pattern

The GRE General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you'll do in graduate or business school.

Verbal Reasoning — Measures the ability to analyze and draw conclusions from discourse and reason from incomplete data, understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author’s intent, and summarize text and distinguish major from minor points, understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts, and understand relationships among words and among concepts. There is an emphasis on complex verbal reasoning skills.

Quantitative Reasoning — Measures the ability to understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information, solve problems using mathematical models, and apply the basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis. There is an emphasis on quantitative reasoning skills.
Analytical Writing — Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, including the ability to articulate and support complex ideas with relevant reasons and examples, and examine claims and accompanying evidence. There is an emphasis on analytical writing skills.

GRE General Test Center and Dates

GRE General is administered across 160 countries. You can chose a test location near to your home and take the test at a convenient date. 

GRE Subject Tests

The GRE Subject Tests measures skill sets in specific subject areas. Some universities and fellowship providers may require GRE Subject Test Score. The GRE Subject Tests is designed for students who have an undergraduate major or extensive background in one of these six disciplines:
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
The official ETS website quotes as follows:

“GRE Subject Test scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study. Some Subject Tests yield subscores that can indicate the strengths and weaknesses in an individual student's preparation and may also be useful for guidance and placement purposes.”

Starting September 2023 GRE Subject Tests will be offered as Computer Based Test (CBT). Therefore these tests will be offered in many locations more often worldwide. All other procedure to apply for GRE Subject Test is similar as that of GRE General  
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