The GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) is a standardized test taken by students who are planning to apply for postgraduate study in the US, CANADA, GERMANY (For Mechanical related courses) and in some other parts of the world. In general there are two classifications in GRE examinations one is The General Test and the other is Subject Tests.
Prospective graduate and business school applicants from all across the globe take the GRE revised General Test. Applicants coming from varying educational and cultural backgrounds and the GRE revised General Test provides a common measure for comparing candidates' qualifications. It also measures student’s verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills. All the Ivy League and top universities in the US, Canada and Germany prefer the GRE. Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Carnegie Melon University TU Munich, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, National University of Singapore and University of Waterloo are some of these.
The General Test
GRE general test is the only admission test for student who wishes to pursue their Master’s degree abroad. After the change of the pattern in GRE, now students are allowed to skip questions within a section, go back change answers, and have control to tackle the questions within a section, where student want to answer first.
The Subject Test
The GRE Subject Tests are considered to be the achievement of the student which is measured based on students particular field of study. The 8 disciplines are: Biochemistry Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology.
Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and amalgamate information obtained from it, analyze relationships among various parts of sentences and recognize relationships among the words and concepts.
Measures your problem-solving ability, focuses on the basic concepts of algebra, geometry, arithmetic and data analysis.
Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.
How important is the Analytical Writing in the GRE for admissions abroad?
This section measures your critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills. Universities see a direct correlation between the quality of your essays and your Analytical Writing score.
Anything beyond 300 is considered to be a good score, one who wishes targeting top schools should have a score of 325 and above out of 340.
Technically the GRE scores are valid for five years, however top schools would not consider the scores which are over three years old.
Most of the students take the GRE once or twice, multiple attempts with no improvement in scores would lead to the application rejection. If 3-4 months of quality preparation time is dedicated, then there shouldn’t be any need to revise the GRE general exam.
It is advisable to start preparing the GRE right from your 2nd-3rd of your graduation. This gives a student the proper edge and sufficient time to assess the profile, academic scores, shortlisting of colleges and be considered for scholarships. Ideally GRE test is taken 2 years before your target intake.
TOEFL or IELTS plus GRE subject test (if applicable)
Your test fee entitles you to request that scores be sent to as many as four graduate institutions or fellowship sponsors at no additional cost.
- For the computer-delivered GRE revised General Test, you will be asked to designate your score recipients at the test center or you can choose not to report your scores at that time.
- For the paper-delivered GRE revised General Test, you will be asked to designate your score recipients during registration or on your admission ticket correction stub.
And with the Score Select option, you can decide which test scores to send to the institutions you designate, so you can send the scores you feel show your personal best. See Sending your Scores.
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