Graduate Record Examinations is a standardized test taken by students who are applying to postgraduate courses in the US and some other parts of the world. The GRE is conducted by the Education Testing Services group (ETS). The exam is based on the process of selection, unlike other exams which are based on the process of elimination. GRE scores determine eligibility for merit-based grants and fellowships, as well as teaching and research assistantships programs. Putting your time and effort in preparing for GRE can help you to get into your desired University.

Eligibility Criteria

A student is required to have a minimum graduate degree in hand to apply for any of the master’s programs abroad. Most of the universities in the US have made it compulsory to have 16(12+4) years of education for admission in Science and Engineering programs.

GRE Syllabus

GRE is available in two formats. They are the GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test. The Syllabus is different for both formats. The GRE General test measures a candidate’s verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills whereas, the GRE Subject Test is focused on judging the candidate’s expertise in specific fields.

Analytical Writing

This section consists of analyzing facts, dissect arguments, judge the presented evidence, and put forth your views in the most convincing and structured manner.

Verbal Reasoning

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

Quantitative Reasoning

This is where your 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.

GRE test Dates

The online test is offered round the year at Prometric test centers. You can take the GRE test once in 21 days. This applies even if have canceled the score of the previous test and you can appear for GRE five times in a year. Also, you have to first create your account at ‘My GRE Account” to register for a specific date.

How to apply for the test

First, you need to create ‘ My GRE account’. There are four ways to register for the GRE general test. They are Online, by Phone and Mail and Fax registration. Candidates can opt for Online and Mail registration in the case of the GRE subject test. These are the names of few centers available Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Gandhinagar, Gurgaon, Gwalior, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nasik, New Delhi, Nizamabad, Patna, Pune, Trivandrum, Vadodara, and Vijayawada.


The computerized test takes place for about 3hrs 45minutes. There are few centers in which paper-based tests are also conducted but mostly online exams are conducted. There are six sections and a 10-minute break is given after the third section during the exam.

An unidentified unscored section that does not count toward your score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. Questions in the unscored section are being tried out either for possible use in future tests or to ensure that scores on new editions of the test are comparable to scores from earlier editions. 

An identified research section that does not count toward your score may be included in place of the unscored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test. Questions in this section are included for ETS research purposes.


GRE Fees structure

The registration fee to take the GRE is $213. This is cheaper than the $250 fee that you have to pay for GMAT. ETS is also willing to be flexible on the GRE test fee for test-takers who can prove their financial hardship.

There are extra charges ($50) if you want to change your center or reschedule the test. Use the prevailing rate to find the latest registration cost of the GRE test in rupees.