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GRE – General Test
The GRE stands for Graduate Record Exam. Most students attempt GRE for getting their Master’s degree as well as for registration to PhD program in US, UK, Canada graduate schools.
GRE is divided into two parts – General and Subject Test. The General test is a multiple choice one and covers questions to measure your verbal, analytical and simple quantitative abilities. It is not related to any particular subject area and hence is general in nature. Many graduate colleges require only the General Test score. General Test is administered through out a year as computer based or paper based test. In US, Canada and many other countries it is taken as computer based only.
The General test consists of two verbal reasoning sections of 30 minutes each, two quantitative reasoning sections of 30 minutes each, two analytical writing tests again for 30 minutes each and one experimental section of 30 minutes. So in total there are 7 sections in the GRE General test. In the Analytical Writing section you would be required to write essays on two types of topics – analyzing an issue and analyzing an argument.
Important points to note for GRE General test are- Questions range from easy to difficult types. So there is no meaning in wasting time to attempt initial few questions as tough ones will be waiting for you at the end. More so, if you leave a question without answering, you cannot come back to answer it later. There is no negative marking, hence in case of doubt you can go for a guess work too. Usually you would need a score of 550 or more for your verbal section and about 600 or more in your quantitative section. But it is better to cross check with your respective colleges for their requirements.
For GRE General Test, there are three registration methods: Online, Phone and Mail. For online registration only credit cards are accepted. The fee for General Test ranges from $160 to a maximum of $205. For rescheduling and for changing your test centre you would be required to pay an extra $50 each. Late registration fee is $25 only.
GRE test is offered in the months of February, April, June, October and December, usually on Saturdays. You get the results in about six weeks time after the test date. Your score is valid for 5 years only.
On the day of the test you would be required to bring your valid ID proof (passport, military ID card etc) and verification will be done at the test center. For more details about what types of ID cards are accepted within your country and outside your country, visit the ETS website. Along with ID card, you will have to show your authorization voucher or admission ticket, in case of paper based test, bring soft-lead HB pencils and a good eraser. Cell phones, calculators and other electronic devices are not allowed inside the room. Reasonable services & help are provided to students with any sort of disability.
In case test is rescheduled due to reasons beyond your control (weather problems etc) and your test gets cancelled, you can ask for refund or attempt another test for free. Refund including your travel expenses in US dollars will be given to you once you submit a request for refund.