GRE General Test

The GRE General Test is a graduate level exam designed to measure your ability and proficiency in doing graduate level work. It is used by graduate admissions teams to assess your application for graduate or business school. It was created and is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). It is required for many institutions, but if not required, it is a good idea to take it and strengthen your application.

GRE General Test Basics

The GRE General Test is offered on a rolling basis throughout the year. The exam is offered in various locations around the world based on availability. It is usually administered by computer, but paper exams are available in those areas where computers are not available.

The GRE General Test is 3 hours and 45 minutes long.

Registration for a GRE General Test costs $205 ($220.70 in China). Low-income students can request a fee reduction of 50%.

The GRE General Test is offered at testing centers around the world.

To register for a GRE General Test you will need an ETS Account. Students can register for a GRE General Test either online or by mail.

What Is On The GRE General Test

The GRE is divided into four sections: Analytical Writing which has two tasks. Applicants have 30 minutes per task. Verbal Reasoning which has two 30-minute sections. Each section has 20 questions. Quantitative Reasoning has two 35-minute sections with 20 questions per section, and one of two types of unscored sections that may be research, or chosen from analytical writing and verbal reasoning.

How The GRE General Test Is Scored

The scoring range for the verbal and quantitative sections is between 130-170. Every question is weighted the same on the GRE General Test, so there is no penalty for guessing, but you may hurt your score if you leave a problem blank.

Retaking The GRE General Test

ETS offers Score Select, which allows students to choose their best overall score for each GRE General Test they've taken to send to graduate admissions departments. An applicant is allowed to retake the GRE every 21 days up to 5 times in a rolling 12-month period. Most people retake the test to improve their scores. These scores are valid for up to 5 years, so making the decision to attend graduate school does not have to be a hasty one.


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