What is GRE?
1. The graduate record examination (GRE) is an entrance test accepted by most graduate schools and business schools throughout the world.
2. GRE is a generalist that is offered as a computer-based and paper-based exam.
3. The GRE tests the candidates on three sections viz. Quant, verbal and analytical writing.
4. In the GRE quota and verbal section are on a scoring scale of 130-170 and the analytical writing sections on a scale of 0 to 6.
5. Unlike most other competitive exams the GRA is section adaptive exam.

Why GRE?
1. The GRE can be served as a common entrance to technical masters, managerial masters, techno-managerial masters and Ph.D.
2. The score of GRE is valid for 5 years after the test administration date.
For example, scores for the test that is taken on 1 June 2016, will be valid till 20th may 2021.
3. If you aren’t satisfied with your GRE score it can be retaken just after 21 days.

GRE Exam Eligibility
The only eligibility requirement for GRE is the document required to prove your identity. In India, you’ll need a valid passport. You’ll have to get your original passport (not photocopies) which clearly shows your full name, photograph and signature.
No other documentation (like birth certificate, international driving license etc.) can be used as an alternate identity proof. They are very strict about this.
Apart from this eligibility requirement, ETS does not set any age, qualification, timing related pre-requisites. However, there will be a range of eligibility criteria set by universities that accept GRE scores. For each of their programs, they may have minimum age, experience and qualification related filters.

GRE Pattern
The GRE is a generalized test that isn’t related to any particular discipline or field. It has been designing to evaluate skills that you’ve already picked up over the years. This allows a wide range of universities to use it to benchmark applicants from diverse backgrounds applying to a big mix of degrees.

If you were to look at the overall GRE exam pattern, it has 3 sections: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning.

Analytical Writing
This section tests your ability to analyses facts, dissect arguments, judge the presented evidence and put forth your views in the most convincing and structured manner. Try this free online GRE essay grader.

Verbal Reasoning
This section checks your capacity to understand the content author’s perspectives and intentions, priorities’ the points made, and connect the dots across various ideas presented, even if they may not necessarily be documented in a coherent manner. This is the tricky section for non-native English speakers. Here’s how you can improve your GRE Verbal Score.

Quantitative Reasoning
This is where you comfort level with numbers and quantitative data is tested. You’ll have to understand the problem and use models and mathematical formulas (from geometry, algebra, arithmetic) to solve them. The good news is that you will have access to a calculator. So no complex mental arithmetic to be done.

GRE Eligibility Criteria

Acronym GRE
Test type GRE General (Aptitude) GRE Subject (Subjective)
GRE eligibility criteria No specific eligibility criteria to pursue postgraduate programs
Test sections Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing
Test duration 3 hours 45 minutes
GRE score 130-170( per section) Analytical writing: 1-6

GRE Registration fee:
Fees for GRE® General Test are $205 worldwide. Fees for GRE Subject test is $150 globally.

Special Handling Requests Fees
Late registration fee (paper-based test online registration only) $25
Standby testing (paper-based test only) $50
Rescheduling fee $50
Changing your test center $50

If candidates wish to change a subject in the Subject test, they will have to pay $50 extra.

GRE Test Centre
The GRE Test 2018 will be conducted in over 1000 cities across 160 countries. Candidates can chose their choice of test center from the option given by ETS. Candidates are requested to check the GRE 2018 test centers, GRE 2018 test dates and their availability from the ETS portal. The portal gives the candidates options to choose GRE 2018 test dates from a two-month period for Greater convenience.

GRE Admit Card
The GRE admission ticket/ confirmation mail is sent to candidates by mail after the process of registration. Candidates have to bring the mail to the admission ticket/ confirmation mail to the center with other mandatory things to the exam on the day of the exam. The admission ticket confirms the choice of test, test date, time and the GRE test center.

GRE Scoring Pattern

Measure GRE Scores
GRE Verbal Reasoning 130–170, in 1 point increment
GRE Quantitative Reasoning 130–170, in 1 point increments
GRE Analytical Writing 0–6, in half-point increments