GRE General


Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is used by the graduate committee to supplement your academic records, recommendation letters, and other qualifications for graduate-level study.

They provide schools with a common measure for comparison of your aptitude. USA graduate schools accept the GRE test more widely. GRE is organized by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and is held multiple times around the year. Candidates can appear for the exam from the declared test centres or from home as well. The exam fee for GRE is somewhere around 210 US dollars (15,960 INR). The official score of the GRE is declared within 10 to 15 days from the date of the exam.

Structure of the exam
GRE General Test

Structure of the exam

The GRE General Test is a computer-delivered test with a maximum of 340 marks. The GRE General Test measures your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills — skills that have been developed over a long period of time and are not related to a specific field of study but are important for all.
The overall testing time for the GRE General Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.

Analytical Writing

Analytical Writing

The Analytical Writing section consists of two 30-minute essay-writing tasks, having a task to "Analyze an Issue" and a task to "Analyze an Argument".
The Issue task presents an opinion on an issue along with specific instructions on how to respond to the issue, constructing an argument with reasons and examples to support your views. The Argument task presents an argument and asks you to evaluate it according to specific instructions, evaluating its logical soundness rather than agreeing or disagreeing with it.

The Analytical Writing section measures your ability to:
⦿ articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
⦿ support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
⦿ examine claims and accompanying evidence
⦿ sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
⦿ control the elements of standard written English
The Analytical Writing section requires you to provide focused responses based on the tasks presented, so you can accurately demonstrate your skill in directly responding to a task.

Verbal Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning sections of the GRE can be divided into three categories of questions:
Reading Comprehension, Text Completion, and Sentence Equivalence. About half of the questions are Reading Comprehension, and the other half are Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence.

The Verbal Reasoning section measures your ability to:
⦿ analyze and draw conclusions from discourse
⦿ reason from incomplete data
⦿ identify author's assumptions and/or perspective
⦿ understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author's intent
⦿ distinguish major from minor or irrelevant points
⦿ summarize text
⦿ understand the structure of a text
⦿ understand the meaning of individual words, sentences and entire texts
⦿ understand relationships among words and among concepts

Quantitative Reasoning

Quantitative Reasoning

The GRE Quantitative Reasoning sections are intended to evaluate basic math skills, elementary math concepts, the ability to quantitatively reason, and to model and solve problems with quantitative methods.
Each Quantitative Reasoning section consists of approximately 8 quantitative comparisons, 9 problem-solving items, and 3 data interpretation questions.
The Quantitative Reasoning section measures your ability to:
⦿ understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information
⦿ solve problems using mathematical models
⦿ apply basic skills and elementary concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis
The Quantitative Reasoning section includes an on-screen calculator.

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