What is GRE?

The Graduate Records Examination is a computer based standardized test designed to measure basic verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills that have been developed over a long period of time through education and work. The test lasts for 225 minutes with a 10 minute break midway, and minute-long breaks between individual sections.

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    What is the GRE test pattern?

    A computer-based GRE test consists of six sections based on verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing.

    Module Sections Questions Time
    Analytical Writing 2 2 Essays 60
    Verbal Reasoning 2 20 per section 30 minutes per section
    Quantitative Ability 2 20 per section 35 minutes per section

    An unscored research section may also be included in a GRE test. This has no bearing on the candidate’s score and is used to research questions for subsequent tests.


    Test Duration 3.45 hours
    Test Score Validity 5 years
    Score Reporting 10-15 days after the test date
    Availability of test dates Throughout the year
    Policy for taking re – test A candidate cannot give exam in same calendar month and before 1 month.


    The GRE fee is US$190. Payment can be made via Bank Draft or International Credit Card.

    How are GRE tests scored?

    GRE uses a composite scoring system wherein:

    • The Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections are scored on a scale of 130 to 170.
    • Analytical Writing is scored from 0 to 6, with allowance for half points.

    FAQs Page

    How do universities use GRE?

    GRE provides a detailed analysis of the applicant’s abilities in different areas of learning. University admission officers single out scores in sections pertinent to the course to which the student has applied. If you have applied for Masters in Science, the university may give precedence to your score in the quantitative analysis section over other sections. Likewise, if you have applied to Masters in Liberal Arts, your analytical writing section may be deemed the most important. GRE scores may also be utilized in awarding merit-based scholarships. Various universities utilize GRE score in various ways; so please do check with the university you wish to apply to.

    For how long are GRE scores valid?

    Just like TOEFL, GRE scores are sent individually to universities to which the candidate wishes to apply. However unlike IELTS, PTE & TOEFL scores that hold good for only two years, GRE scores can be used up to five years. Sometimes, universities may concede to accepting scores from GRE tests taken more than five years ago. Candidates have the choice of excluding scores on past GRE tests in the reports sent to the universities.

    How do I register for the exam?

    Registration can be made online. An original & valid passport is required for registration.

    Can I study for GRE myself?

    It is best to take coaching for GRE because of three reasons:

    First, preparation for GRE demands disciplined practice each day. This can be hard to achieve at home.

    Second, all sections of GRE require special strategies and time management skills which a student can’t learn himself/herself. Our trainers cater to the student’s needs by designing the curriculum and schedule in a way that suits his/her individual requirements.

    Third, GRE training material is hard to obtain and expensive.

    In a nutshell, GRE coaching improves your chances of scoring higher in the test & getting admission in a reputed college.