GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

The Graduate Record Examinations, or more popularly known as GRE, is a standardized test conducted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), to admit students in a graduate school in the US. The test was first introduced in the year 1949 and there is a separate board for supervising the test. The test mainly evaluates the applicant’s critical thinking, verbal reasoning, analytical writing, and quantitative reasoning. The test is not on the basis of any specific subject, but a combination of all academic knowledge and skills learnt throughout high school. Under the revised GRE General Test, the fees also include 4 ETS personal potential index evaluation reports, absolutely free. These reports need to be sent to the graduate programs of the institute of your choice.

Important Dates and Parameters

Some important parameters and dates regarding GRE Examination are -

Recent Changes in GRE

Some of the recent changes brought about in Revised GRE General Test, from the year 2011 onwards are -

  • New Question Style: Under the new style of questions, more emphasis is given on real life situations. The test mainly evaluates a student’s decision making capability and presence of mind.
  • Student-friendly Design: The new format (for computer based exam) allows the students to edit and change their answers. Students can also skip from one question to another within a section. Along with this, the students are also allowed to use on screen calculator for solving quantitative reasoning part.
  • Changes in Score: There has been a substantial change in score in the quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning sections. The score for analytical writing remains the same.

a) The score for quantitative reasoning is reported to be on a 130-170 scale, in point 1 increment.

b) The score for verbal reasoning is reported to be on a 130-170 scale, in point 1 increment.

c) The score for analytical writing is reported to be on a 0-6 scale, in 0.5 point increment.

Fees for GRE Revised General Test

Fees applicable for India Amount in USD
GRE Revised General Test Fee $190
Standby Testing (only for Paper based Test) $50
Late Registration Fee (only for Paper based online registration) $25
Change of Test Center $50
Rescheduling Fee $50
Scores by phone $12
Additional score report (ASR) requests-per applicant $23
Answer Review Service for the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning Sections $50
Score Review for Analytical Writing Measure $55
Test Hand Scoring (Paper Based) $30
Score Reinstatement Fee $30

Type of GRE:There are mainly 2 kinds of test, which the candidates can apply for. These are Paper Based GRE General Test and Computer Based GRE General Test. While the latter can be taken any time of the year at computer based centers in different countries all across the globe (on a first cum first serve schedule), the former can be given at selected centers in the country. In India, the centers that conduct the Paper based test are as follows with their codes:

  • New Delhi (8911)
  • Kolkata (8906)
  • Mumbai (8921)
  • Chennai (8909)
  • Allahabad (8903)
  • Ahmedabad (8902)
  • Bangalore (8918)
  • Hyderabad (8908)
  • Trivandrum (8912)

[For the computer based test, a candidate cannot apply for more than 5 attempts in a period of 12 months, even if he or she cancels the previous score.]

Eligibility Criteria: In order to be eligible for the test, the applicant must have a valid passport along with another form of photo identity. The minimum academic qualification required is a graduation degree under 10+2+4 format from a recognized institute. In case, passport is under process, the applicant should ensure that the name in the passport should be exactly same as that on the GRE registration form.

Registration Process: In order to register for computer based examination, one can do it through email, fax, internet or phone. For students outside the US, there are 4 ways for registration. These are -

  1. Internet: Students need to create a ‘My GRE Account’ for online registration on www.ets.org/gre. Payment can be made through debit or credit card (MasterCard, American Express, JCB or VISA). Online registration is not allowed for specially abled candidates or those with health-related needs.
  2. Mail: Candidates can mail the International Test Scheduling Form (pdf format) along with the payment to the concerned RRC (for Indians, Haryana office) at www.prometric.com/TestTakers/ContactUs/email.htm. The form should be received at least 3 weeks before the scheduled test date. The candidate will be mailed the confirmation number, test center address, and reporting time. Candidates can change the date and time if it is not suitable for him or her.
  3. Phone: Candidate can call at the following number (91-124-4147700) for registration purpose.
  4. Fax: Candidates can send their application at the fax number: 91-124-4147773

For further assistance, candidates can write to:

Prometric

2nd floor

DLF Infinity Tower-A

Sector 25, Phase II

DLF City Gurgaon

Haryana 122002

India

Examination Format: Following is the GRE Revised test format:

Test Section Number of Questions Timing
Computer Based Revised General Test:
Analytical Writing Analysis of an Issue 1 topic 30 Minutes
Analysis of an Argument 1 topic 30 Minutes
Verbal Reasoning 2 sections (each of 30 minutes) 20 questions per section
Quantitative Reasoning 2 sections (each of 35 minutes) 20 questions per section
Test Section Number of Questions Timing
Paper Based Revised General Test:
Analytical Writing Analysis of an Issue 1 topic 30 Minutes
Analysis of an Argument 1 topic 30 Minutes
Verbal Reasoning 2 sections (each of 35 minutes) 25 questions per section
Quantitative Reasoning 2 sections (each of 40 minutes) 25 questions per section

Subject Test are paper based examinations, offered in 8 subject areas. The test duration is 2 hours 50 minutes. The syllabus is based on an undergraduate major level. The 8 subjects their respective codes are as follows:

B22 – Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology

B24 – Biology

C27 – Chemistry

C29 – Computer Science

L64- Literature in English

M68 – Mathematics

P77- Physics

P81- Psychology

Scores and how to interpret those

The GRE test results comprise four kinds of scores, namely: the total score, score for the Verbal segment, the Quantitative segment and the Analytical Writing Assessment.

Score type Maximum scores
Verbal Reasoning 130 to 170, in 1 point increment
Analytical Writing 0 to 6, in 0.5 point increment
Quantitative Reasoning 130 to 170, in 1 point increment

If any question is left answered, the candidate will receive NS (No Score) for that.

Institutes Accepting GRE Score

Some of the institutes in the US that accept GRE score are -

  • MIT
  • University of Chicago
  • Stanford University
  • Berkeley
  • Emory University
  • John Hopkins
  • Rice University
  • UCLA

For list of other institutes in different parts of the world, you can visit the site (http://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/gre_aidi_fellowships.pdf)

International Registration Dates with the Deadlines for 2012:

Test Dates

(Computer based Test)

Regular Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Score by Phone Score Report mailing Date and Online Score View (Tentative Date)
11th February 2012 6th January 2012 13th January 2012 12th March 2012 23rd march 2012
Test Dates

(Paper based Test)

Regular Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Score by Phone Score Report mailing Date and Online Score View (Tentative Date)
11th February 2012 30th December 2011 6th January 2012 12th March 2012 23rd March 2012

Test Centers in different parts of India -

To Register:

Region 14 – INDIA

Call: 91-124-414-7700(New Delhi, India)

Fax: 91-124-414-7773

Allahabad Test Center Number: 8903
Ahmadabad Test Center Number: 8902
Kolkata Test Center Number: 8906
Bangalore Test Center Number: 8918
Chennai Test Center Number: 8926
Permanent Center
CHENNAI Test Center Number: 8925 , 8909
GURGAON Test Center Number: 8927
HYDERABAD Test Center Number: 8917 , 8908, 8928, 8931, 8916
MUMBAI Test Center Number: 8924 , 8922, 8921, 8923
NEW DELHI Test Center Number: 8911
TRIVANDRUM Test Center Number: 8912

Preparing for GRE

Study Material that can be of immense benefit:

When it comes to reference books to assist the students in their preparation for GRE, the list below can be of great help:

  1. Barron’s How to Prepare for the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) – 19th Edition by Sharon Weiner green and Ira Wolf Ph.D. – This book is well in tune with the times and has been updated to give the perfect picture of the current GRE format. The book has 6 test papers with answers and explanations. It also covers the various subjects separately like reading comprehension, quantitative comparison, vocabulary and such like.
  2. Ultimate GRE Tool Kit with CD Rom (1st Edition) by Peterson Guides – This book can be termed as the ultimate guide to help the students prepare for their GRE tests. Available at a competitive price in comparison to the other reference books, it stands out from them with the help of its superior quality content. This book provides valuable suggestions regarding how to score more in the essays and also offers a CD Rom that has three practice sets that are computer adaptive in nature.
  3. Nova’s GRE-Preparation Course by Jeff Kolby – There are innumerable students who end up paying nearly a fortune to the GRE test preparation companies in order to get themselves ready for the test. This book provides the same quality guidance in a concise form and at much affordable cost.
  4. Kaplan New GRE 2011-2012 Premier with CD-ROM – This is also a good book for GRE preparation.

Online Reference for Practice Sets

In case a student is not too keen on purchasing books and wants to get some practice online, he/ she can log on to some of the websites that provide commendable practice material. The list below provides the names of some such websites.

  1. Princetonreview.com – Provides practice sets that are computer adaptive by nature and also sorted out into the various segments. The questions will provide an accurate picture of the kinds of questions that the students can expect in the GRE tests.
  2. 4tests.com – Students can take the practice sets for free at this website. The questions have been properly segregated into Analytical, Quantitative and Verbal. The sets will definitely be able to give the students a taste of the real thing and get themselves prepared for the D-day.
  3. Syvum.com – Be it Analytical Writing, Quantitative aptitude or the Verbal section, this particular website provides a wide range of questions that covers all the abovementioned topics. Solving these practice sets on a regular basis will definitely improve the scores of the students to a great extent.

Coaching Centers for GRE Preparation

Take a look at some of the names of the coaching centers in India that provide quality guidance to the students who aspire to score well in the GRE tests:

Brilliant Tutorials: Brilliant Tutorials is a coaching institution that has been able to earn a good name for itself in the field of preparing students for a variety of competitive examinations. The success rate here is commendable and the faculty is truly committed towards excellence.

Contact Details:

Delhi /NCR

50-C, Kalu Sarai (Behind Azad Apartments),

New Delhi 110016.

Phone: 011-2653 7392, 7393, 7394, 7395

Fax: 2653 7396

Chennai

12 Masilamani Street,

T.Nagar,

Chennai,

India – 600 017.

Phone (044) 2434 2099

Fax (044) 2434 3829

Bangalore

No 5, II Floor, Kasthuri Apartments,

Near Double Road Junction,

Behind MRF Showroom,

35/22, Langford Road,

Bangalore – 560 027.

Phone (080) 4144 2127, 2128

Career Launcher: They have coaching centers all over the country and favored by a lot of students thanks to the good quality study materials and the apt guidance they provide. Their gre test preparation course is updated to ensure that they cover the new format of the examinations in order to prepare the students well.

Contact Details:

Mumbai

Unit No: 1, 1st Floor,

Ganjawala Elegance ,

Ganjawala Lane, Borivali (W).

Mumbai – 400092, Maharashtra

Phone: +91-22-42531900, 42531901

Hyderabad

Career Launcher

416, Amrutha Estates ,

Above Pick ‘N’ Move, Himayathnagar

Hyderabad – 500029, Andhra Pradesh

Phone: +91-40-66254600, 66254100

Kolkata

21A/2, Hindusthan Road,

Near Basanti Devi College,

Kolkata – 700029, West Bengal

Phone: +91-33-40067777, 0

Manya Education Private Limited (MEPL): Apart from gre, MEPL also provides coaching to students who are keen on preparing themselves for competitive exams like sat, gmat, toefl and IELTS. They have about 20 branches all over India and have a highly motivated faculty. They provide good study material and believe in interactive learning for the best results.

Contact Details:

Delhi /NCR

B 7/2, Ground Floor,

Okhla Industrial Area, Phase- II,

New Delhi – 110020.

Ph.: 011 – 40500900-99

Bangalore

CMH Road (next to G.K.Vale & Co.)

1st Stage, No. 23,

3rd Floor,

Bengaluru – 560038,

Ph.: 080-41152769, 41481552

Chandigarh

Sector 40: SCO 214,

First & Second Floor,

Sector 40 – D,

Chandigarh -160036.

Ph.: 0172-5086466, 4622330/31

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