A standardized test, the Graduate Record Examination(GRE) measures Verbal, Mathematical and Analytical Writing skills. The test aims to aid Graduate Schools (of all fields other than business) assess the potential of the applicants for advanced study. Most universities in the US, while inviting applications from prospective students, ask for GRE® scores. The examination is entirely a Computer-based Test, and no two students get an identical set of questions. The test is scored on a maximum of 340. The GRE® Score alone cannot guarantee admission into a school - the test is only one of the major factors taken into consideration in the long process of an applicant getting admitted into a graduate school that he/she desires. The GRE® test has three parts - Quantitative, Verbal and Analytical Writing Assessment.
An unidentified unscored section is included and will 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. The US-based "Educational Testing Service" (ETS), which works under the direction of the Graduate Record Examination Board, develops and administers the GRE®. ETS is responsible for setting questions, conducting the test and sending score reports to each examinee. For detailed information about GRE®, please refer to the official website of GRE .
The GRE® revised General Test is available at about 700 test centers in more than 160 countries. It is offered as a computer-based test year round at most locations around the world and as a paper-based test up to three times a year in areas where computer-based testing is not available.
The Revised GRE General test has friendly design and new questions, the revised test more closely reflects the kind of thinking student will do in graduate or business school and demonstrates that he is ready for graduate-level work.
The GRE revised General Test is accepted at thousands of graduate and business schools as well as departments and divisions. Most of the Universities/Institutes are using GRE® scores as part of their MBA program admissions process.
In the Verbal Section Antonyms and Analogies are not in the Revised GRE. Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence questions haven been added to the new test and Reading Comprehension questions kept from the existing GRE.
In the Quantitative section Multiple Answer and Numeric Entry, have been added (Two new question types). The multiple-choice questions for Problem Solving and Data Analysis remain.
Both the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the revised GRE will have a score
The test scores are valid for five years, i.e., most universities accept scores up to five years old. But it is always better if your scores are recent (not older than 2 years).
GRE Revised General Test sections, but in brief the three sections are:
The analytical writing section consists of two essays: an "Analyze an Issue" essay and an "Analyze an Argument" essay.
The Quantitative Reasoning section tests basic math skills as well as the ability to reason quantitatively in connection with numerical data. Skills tested include arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
The Verbal Reasoning section tests the ability to analyze and evaluate written material as well as the ability to identify proper sentence construction. The three question types are Reading Comprehension, Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence.
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