What is GRE?

Graduate Record Examination is a test used to compare applicant's skills in verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking which are critical for success at graduate level. GRE (General Test) is widely accepted worldwide (150+ countries) and thousands of graduate and business schools/Universities.

  • The GRE is now only available as a Computer Based Test (CBT), Paper Based Test (PBT) is in a limited scope.
  • Some graduate programs may require GRE subject score.
  • After completing your exam, you can send your scores (free!) to four universities so be prepared.

Why it is required.

If you are planning for a graduate degree (Masters or PhD) then you might need to take GRE (especially if you are planning to study in US). GRE is now accepted by most colleges for MBA programs (some Law programs are also accepting GRE scores in lieu of LSAT scores). For some colleges/programs it's an optional test but highly recommended for international students.

Score validity.

  • Your GRE scores are valid for five years.
  • You can take the GRE revised General Test (computer-based) only once every 21 days, and no more than five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period. This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously. If you take only the paper-based GRE revised General Test, you may take it as often as it is offered.

Exam Eligibility.

  • Undergraduate Degree.

Test Pattern.

Total Computer Based Test (CBT) time is up to three hours 45 minutes, not including the research section. The directions at the beginning of each section specify the total number of questions in the section and the time allowed for the section. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.


Number of Questions


Analytical Writing

1 Issue Task*

30 minutes

Analytical Writing

1 Argument Task*

30 minutes

Verbal (2 sections)

Approximately 20 questions per section

30 minutes for each section

Quantitative (2 sections)

Approximately 20 questions per section

~35 minutes for each section








* Analytical section is always first section and other sections (verbal and quant.) might be in any order.

* For the Issue task, two essay topics are presented and you choose one. The Argument task does not present a choice of topics; instead, one topic is presented.

* An unidentified unscored section may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. It is not counted as part of your score.

* An identified research section that is not scored may be included, and it is always at the end of the test.


Scores Reported

Verbal Reasoning

130 - 170, in 1 point increments

Quantitative Reasoning

130 - 170, in 1 point increments

Analytical Writing

0 - 6, in half-point increments

Note: For Test Pattern and other Details, Please check the official website.

Prerequisite: Valid Passport is required to appear in Standardized Test and for Application Process.

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