Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Benefits of Using Graduate Record Examination (GRE)® Scores in Admissions Decision Making.

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for many graduate schools in the United States and Canada. The GRE is owned and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The content of the GRE consists of certain specific algebra, geometry, arithmetic, and vocabulary sections.

According to ETS, the GRE aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of learning.

Verbal Section — The computer-based verbal sections assess reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and vocabulary usage. The verbal test is scored on a scale of 130–170, in 1-point increments. In a typical examination, each verbal section consists of 20 questions to be completed in 30 minutes. Each verbal section consists of about 6 text completion, 4 sentence equivalence, and 10 critical reading questions.

Quantitative Section — The computer-based quantitative sections assess basic high school level mathematical knowledge and reasoning skills. The quantitative test is scored on a scale of 130–170. In a typical examination, each quantitative section consists of 20 questions to be completed in 35 minutes.] Each quantitative section consists of about 8 quantitative comparisons, 9 problem solving items, and 3 data interpretation questions.

Analytical Writing Section — The analytical writing section consists of two different essays, an "issue task" and an "argument task". The writing section is graded on a scale of 0–6, in half-point increments. The essays are written on a computer using a word processing program specifically designed by ETS. The program allows only basic computer functions and does not contain a spell-checker or other advanced features. Each essay is scored by at least two readers on a six-point holistic scale. If the two scores are within one point, the average of the scores is taken. If the two scores differ by more than a point, a third reader examines the response.

GRE® Registration Fees

Fees for GRE® General Test is $205 worldwide. Fees for GRE Subject test is $150 globally.

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GRE Fees

Late registration fee (paper-based test online registration only)

$25

Standby testing (paper-based test only)

$50

Rescheduling fee

$50

Changing your test centre

$50