The A.B.C of G.R.E

The GRE is the Graduate Record Examinations. It is an essential requirement to get into most of the graduate schools abroad for Masters’ programs, including business and law.

The GRE General Test features

Verbal Reasoning — Measures the ability to analyze and draw conclusions, summarize text, understand the meanings of words and sentences.

Quantitative Reasoning — Measures the ability to understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information, solve problems using mathematical models, and apply the basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry.

Analytical Writing — Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills.

Who can take it?

Prospective graduate and business school applicants from all around the world who are interested in pursuing a master’s, specialized master’s in business, MBA, or doctoral degree take the GRE. You can take it while you are in college or even after it.


The GRE costs $205, that’s approximately Rs 15,000.

Paper vs. Online

The GRE General Test is available at more than 1,000 test centers in more than 160 countries. In most regions of the world, the computer-delivered test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year. A paper test is also available at test centers; however these are scheduled up to 3 times a year.


The GRE is scored on a 130–170 point scale for both the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections. The writing section is scored on a different scale: 0–6. Both these scales apply to the Verbal section and Math section, so, technically, the GRE is out of 340. Always look at your percentile ranking. That is, when you receive a score report, you will also receive a number indicating the percent of people you scored better than.

For e.g.: If you score in the top 90% in both Math and Verbal, that means you are better than 90% of the participants who have taken the GRE.

The GRE is a computer adaptive test. All all it means is that the test will “choose” the difficulty level of your next section based on your success rate in the prior section. Students should concentrate on their technique, score strategy, and time management while taking the GRE.


There isn’t any particular eligibility but do keep the following in mind:

You can attempt the GRE, a maximum of 5 times in a 12 month rolling period.

You will have to wait at least 21 days between GRE exams before retaking the test.

You will need a valid form of ID.

The GRE score received after July 2016, is valid for 5 years from the test date.

You can choose to send a specific score to a particular school through the ‘Score Select’ option.

GRE in 2020

Most of you may be in a tizzy regarding this year. Covid-19 has opened up a zone of uncertainty. However we would like to point out why this year could be crucial for you to step up and invest in higher education. (Read here- blog on masters during covid-19).

Not only this, we have partnered with an organization that’s a leader in GRE test prep. The test prep is customized and tailored for you using AI. You can read more about it here.

In. fact, under the Covid-19 circumstances, the GRE can also be taken in the comfort of your home! Home testing is available and will be monitored using live proctors and AI. This home test is exactly the same as what you would experience at a test center.