The Graduate Record Examination or GRE is the first step towards a place in a top flight graduate school. The Exam is a great indicator of academic ability and depth of knowledge. The test includes a GRE subject test and a number of tests in various disciplines.

The test is heralded as an excellent predictor of success in a graduate school. The test fields questions that a graduate from a four year college should be able to answer.The three sections of the GRE test are Quantitative Ability, Verbal ability and Analytical Writing. The Quantitative Ability has questions that even a ninth – grader can attempt while the Verbal Ability actually checks the basic proficiency in the English language. Analytical Thinking means the formulation of a meaningful and well thought out response to a simple topic.

In order to succeed in the GRE you need not be immersed in books all day. What you need are skills to understand the pattern of the exam, focusing on the core areas and getting used to the question paper format of the revered examination. Getting through the GRE is no big achievement but you need a careful and thoughtful approach to study.


The Analytical Writing parts needs to be attempted first and this is the most feared section by the student community. It comprises of two essays with 45 min for the first one and 30 min for the second one. After you finish the Analytical part you will get a 10 minute break. Then begins the Verbal Ability section which is of 30 min. There are 20 multiple choice questions covering antonyms, analogies and sentence completion. Then you get another break after which you need to start with the 28 multiple choice questions in the Quantitative Ability section.


The exam is of two types – computer based and paper based in some locations only. There are many ways to register for the test such as – the internet, over the phone, in person at one of the testing locations in United States and Canada. The exam can be taken once every month but should not cross five attempts in one calendar year. There is a scope for rescheduling the examination if the student so desires but a fee is usually charged for this.