Overview

Graduate Record Examination is an exam that gives an opportunity to enter leading graduate and business schools in North America and Europe. It is a multiple choice and multi stage test. The test is administered via internet and the total testing time is 3 hours and 45 minutes. The GRE score is valid for 5 years.

 In August 2011, the GRE Revised General Test replaced the GRE General test. The GRE Revised General Test features a new test-taker friendly design and new question types. It more closely reflects the kind of thinking you are required to do in graduate or business schools and evaluates whether you are ready for graduate-level work.

What is Revised/New GRE all about??

MST (Multi Stage Test):

The Revised GRE is an MST, or multi-stage test. The test will be taken on a computer, but it adapts to the test taker’s performance on the first section of each subject. If the test taker gets most of questions correct in the first section, the second section will be of a higher difficulty level, but it enables him/her to get an access to higher scores. If the performance in the first section is poor, the second section will be of a lower difficulty level and the scoring potential is capped at a lower range.

Test Interface and Functionality:

The Revised GRE has become more flexible. It allows you to go back and forth freely and change answers, if need be and also mark questions to review them later. In fact, the students are allowed to use an on-screen calculator.

New Score Select Option: The score select option gives the flexibility to the student to choose which score to be sent to the designated universities. Since this option also gives the flexibility to send the option which you feel is the best score, this will help you to appear the exam with more confidence. It is also important to know how to make the best use of this option.

On the test day, when you view the online scores after the test at the test centre, you can select:

  • Score Select Most Recent option: Send your scores from your current test.
  • Score Select All option — Send your scores from all the tests taken in the last five years.

You have the flexibility to decide which option to use for each of your four free score reports. The above will be done for FREE i.e. no additional fees will be charged for it.

 After test day, you can send Additional Score Reports for a fee by selecting any of the following options:

  • Score Select Most Recent option — Send your scores from your most recent test.
  • Score Select all option — Send your scores from all test taken in the last five years.
  • Score Select Any option — Send your scores from one OR many tests taken in the last five years.

Test Pattern

Test Pattern:

The GRE Test consists of 3 sections: 

        Verbal Section: In the verbal section, there's a greater focus on reading passages, both short and long. Also equal importance is given to vocabulary in context. The different question types in the verbal section are Text Completion, Sentence Equivalence and Reading Comprehension. There are new question types that have more than one correct answer and you are expected to choose all the correct options.

         Quantitative or Math section: GRE tests basic math concepts. The most commonly tested topics include basic algebra, geometry, averages, ratios, number properties, exponents and square roots, and numeric problem solving. Also, there are questions on data interpretations using graphs and tables. The difficulty level of mathematics which is tested in GRE is at par with the topics covered till class 10th.

          Analytical writing section: A student is asked to write two essays. This section tests his/her ability to present ideas in a coherent and focused manner and also tests his/her skill in presenting an argument convincingly.

Section

No. of Questions

Allotted Time

Analytical Writing

(1 section with 2 separately timed tasks)

“Analyze an Issue” task and  “Analyze an argument” task

30 minutes per task

Verbal Reasoning

(Two sections)

Approximately 20 questions per section

30 minutes per section

Quantitative Reasoning 

( Two sections)

Approximately 20 questions per section

35 Minutes per section

Unscored*

Approximately 20 questions per section

35 Minutes per section

Research**

Varies

Varies

 *An unidentified unscored section may be included and may appear  in any order and it is not counted as a part of the score.

** An unidentified research section that is not scored may be included, and it will always be at the end of the test

         Duration of the test: The duration of the test is 3 hours and 45 mins approximately.

Scoring pattern of GRE:

Test-takers will get three separate scores, one for the Quantitative (the math), one for the Verbal, and one for the Analytical Writing (the essays). Math and Verbal scores will range between 130 and 170 in one point increments. Analytic scores range between 0 and 6 in half point increments.

Essays are evaluated by a human and a computer. Both assign a score on the 1- to 6-point scale. Final scores are averaged and rounded up to the nearest 1/2 point. A test taker, who skips the essays or writes an essay on a topic other than the ones that have been presented, receives a score of 0.

The GRE score is valid for 5 years.

Taking Test

Taking the test:

Important things to be kept in mind while registering for the test:

  • You need to create a My GRE Account to register online by visiting www.ets.org
  • You need to carry a valid and acceptable identification before registering, as you will not be asked to mention the ID while creating the account and the same ID has to be taken to the test centre also.
  • At the time of registration, care must be taken to check that the name used for registration and the spelling of that name must exactly match the name printed on the identification documents (excluding hyphens, accents and spaces).
  • Check the fees and read the reschedule and cancellation policies before registering for the test.
  • When scheduling the test, ensure that you have sufficient time for score reporting so you can meet the admissions deadlines for the schools to which you are applying.
  • Not all test centers are open on all dates.
  • You are not allowed to transfer your registration to someone else.

Guidelines on retaking the test:

You can take the GRE revised General Test only once every 30 days, and no more than five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period. This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously.

On the day of the test:

  • The following rules and regulations form a very important part while taking the computer based test.
  • To begin the test, a student has to sign in and the test ends at sign out and it also includes break.
  • Students are requested to report at least 30 minutes before the schedules time of the test. Late comers are not allowed to take the test. Also, plan to be at the centre for at least five and a half hours.
  • Students are not allowed to take the test unless he/she writes and signs a confidentiality statement at the test centre. The fees will not be refunded in case the student is unable to complete and sign the confidentiality statement.
  • ETS reserves the right to ensure the security of test content by using electronic detection scanning devices (e.g., hand-held metal detectors/wands). The students are requested to comply by the same. Non co-operation will lead to dismissal from the test.
  • The students may be required to sign the test center log before and after the test session and any time he/she leaves or enters the testing room.
  • The students may be asked to remove their watch and to store it during the test administration.
  • Students will be provided a piece of scratch paper in the examination for working out problems and note taking during the times sections of the test. The students are required to return the scratch paper after the test to the test administrator.
  • Students using any other documents or unauthorized papers other than the designated scratch paper distributed by the test site, they will be confiscated by the test center staff.
  • Any problem being faced with the computer for any reason, the students are required to raise their hand and contact the administrator.
  • Testing premises are subject to videotaping.
  • The GRE® revised General Test includes an optional 10-minute break after the third section and one-minute breaks between the remaining sections of the test. These break times cannot be exceeded. The students are required not to go outside the test centre building and remain in the test center building or in the immediate area.
  • In order to leave the seat any time other than the break the students are required to raise their hand and please note the timing of the section will not be stopped.
  • Students will be allowed to access an onscreen calculator during the Quantitative Reasoning sections. Personal calculators are not permitted in the test centre.
  • At the end of the test, students will be given an option to report or cancel the scores. If a student chooses to report the score, the scores become an integral part of reportable history and the student will be able to view the unofficial Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores.
  • Moreover, because of the essay scoring process, Analytical Writing scores will not displayed at the time of the test.
  • A printed copy of the unofficial Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores will not be provided at the Test centers.
  • A student will be asked to designate his/her score recipients at the test center on the test day. If an institution is not listed, ask the test center administrator for the appropriate form to indicate unlisted institutions. Complete the form and turn it in before you leave the test center. The form will not be accepted after you leave the test center.
  • If the student does not select score recipients on the test day, or would like to send the scores to more than four score recipients, the students will need to submit an Additional Score Report request for a fee of US$25 per score recipient.

(Source: www.ets.org)

Latest about GRE

New GRE® Customer Support Centers Open for Test Takers in India and Korea

In response to the growing number of individuals in India and Korea who are taking a GRE® test to pursue a graduate or business school degree, the GRE Program has opened new  customer support centers for test takers in these regions.

The new GRE Customer Service Centers provide guidance and information for individuals preparing or planning to take the GRE® revised General Test or GRE® Subject Tests. Information about test preparation materials, test centers and dates, score reports and other test-related inquiries can be answered by call center staff.

Individuals in India may call the new GRE Customer Support Center toll-free at 000-800-100-4072 or 91-1244517127, Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. IST. In addition, inquiries can be sent via email to GRESupport4India@ets.org.

Individuals in Korea may call the new GRE Customer Support Center toll-free at 080-808-0230 or 0030-813-2644, Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. KST. In addition, inquiries can be sent via email to GRESupport4Korea@ets.org.

 

Official GRE® Test Preparation Materials Include Two New Success Starter Videos

The GRE® program has expanded its official test preparation materials to include two new GRE® Success Starter videos designed to help prospective graduate and business school students do their best on test day.

"These videos are ideal for prospective test takers looking to jump-start their test preparation by familiarizing themselves with the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections of the test," says Dawn Piacentino, Director of Communications and Services for the GRE Program at ETS. "In less than 20 minutes each, these videos walk test takers through examples of the different question types in the test, provide strategies for answering each question type, and share useful tips and strategies."

The two new videos, GRE® Success Starter: Tips & Strategies for the Quantitative Reasoning Section and GRE® Success Starter: Tips & Strategies for the Verbal Reasoning Section appearedon U.S. News.com as part of a free one-week world premiere sponsored by the GRE Program. The videos were also shared for free with fans on the GRE revised General Test page on Facebook®. Prospective test takers who missed the free showings can now download the videos at the ETS store for US$7 each.

To help students get ready for test day, ETS has developed a variety of official GRE test preparation materials in print, video and electronic formats. In addition, the new ScoreSelectSM option, available only with GRE tests, helps individuals approach test day with confidence because it allows them to put their best scores forward. With the ScoreSelectSM option, individuals can take a GRE test once or retake it again — and still send only the scores they want schools to see.

 

Effective April 1, 2014, the test administration fee for the GRE revised General Test will be US$195 worldwide and Additional Score Report (ASR) requests will be US$25 per recipient.

Test takers can now select which test scores to send to graduate and business schools

On test day, when viewing their scores at the test center*, they can select the:

  • ScoreSelect Most Recent option — Send their scores from their current test administration (FREE).
  • ScoreSelect All option — Send their scores from all administrations in the last 5 years (FREE).

Test takers can decide which option to use for each of their 4 FREE score reports.

After test day, test takers can send Additional Score Reports for a fee and select:

  • ScoreSelect Most Recent option — Send their scores from their most recent test administration.
  • ScoreSelect All option — Send their scores from all administrations in the last 5 years.
  • ScoreSelect Any option — Send their scores from one OR many test administrations in the last 5 years.

For more information go to http://www.ets.org/gre/news/gre_scoreselect_option

FAQ

Q. How is GRE revised General test different than the GRE General Test?

The revised GRE General Test has come out with user friendly test wherein it allows the test taker to edit or change the answers or skip a question within the same section and also use an on screen calculator. Also, it has come up with different types of question in the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections. To know more about the types of questions, refer the icon the “TEST”. Moreover 3 scores are reported on the revised General Test:

  • A Verbal Reasoning score is reported on 130 – 170 score scale in 1 point increments.
  • A quantitative reasoning score is reported on 130 – 170 score scale in 1 point increments.
  • An analytical Writing score is reported on a 0-6 score level, in half point increment.

Q. Who takes GRE revised General test?

Prospective graduate and business school applicants from all around the world take the GRE revised General Test.  Applicants come from varying educational and cultural backgrounds. GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement applicant’s undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study.

Q. When and where do students take the test?

The GRE revised general test is a computer based test and is conducted continuously throughout the year. The test is being conducted in more than 700 centers in more than 160 countries.

Q. What skills do GRE revised General test measure?

  • The Verbal Reasoning section measures the ability to understand the passages both long and short, understand multiple levels of meaning, select important points and understand the meanings of sentences.
  • The Quantitative Reasoning section measures the ability to interpret and analyze quantitative information and use mathematical skills such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics to solve problems.
  • The Analytical Writing section measures the ability to sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion, articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively, support your ideas with relevant examples and examine claims and accompanying evidence.

Q. What is the duration of the GRE revised general test?

 The duration of the test is 3 hours and 45 mins approximately.

  1. The duration of the 3 sections (Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical writing) is approximately 3 hours and 10 minutes.
  2. Incase Research/Unscored sections are considered then it takes another 35 minutes to complete the test.
  3. However, a student is expected to be prepared to spend additional 30 minutes in the exam centre.

Q. What factors contribute to the final score in the GRE revised general test?

The level of difficulty of the second section and the number of questions answered correctly across the two sections are factors that contribute to the final scores for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures.

Q. How to register for the test?

Please refer the section “Taking test” for detailed information on how to register for the test.

Q. What scores are reported on the GRE revised General Test?

         Three scores are reported on the GRE revised General Test:

  • A Verbal Reasoning score is reported on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments.
  • A Quantitative Reasoning score is reported on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments.
    • An Analytical Writing score is reported on a 0–6 score level, in half-point increments.

Q. What is the minimum score required in GRE® for securing an admission to a good American University?

Most universities do not have cut offs but to secure an admission in the top 50 universities a score of 320 and above out of 340 with financial assistance is recommended. 306 and above with financial assistance to get an admission into top 100 universities. Moreover, any score of 290 and above will enable a student to get into a reasonably good university.

Q. How many times a GRE test can be taken and which score will be considered?

GRE Revised test can be taken only once every 30 days and no more than 5 times within any continuous rolling 12 month period. The same rule applies even if you have cancelled your scores on a test taken previously.

The universities generally consider the best score but sometimes they may consider the average score. The decision is totally at the discretion of the university concerned.

Q. What are the sources of financial aid available? What is the average cost per year at US universities?

Most of the universities offer substantial assistance to the students primarily in the form of Fellowships/Scholarships, Research Assistants or on campus jobs.

 The average tuition cost per year at American Universities ranges from $ 15000 to $ 40000 per year.

Q. Is it permissible by US law to work while studying in US?

US laws do not allow students on F 1 visa to work but one can definitely work on campus for up to 20 hours a week.

Q. When should be the tests taken if one wants to apply in the Fall/Spring semester?

Students interested to join a program in the Fall semester (beginning in August- September) should preferably apply by January of the same year. Similarly if the students wish to join in the Spring semester (Beginning in January should take the test latest by July.

Q. Which Semester is preferable: Fall or Spring?

A student can join any semester because generally universities accept admissions for both the semesters. But in some universities, certain courses are available only in Fall. It is therefore important to check before applying for a specific program.

Q. Can a university be changed while studying in US?

Yes, if a student is not satisfied with his university, he/she can apply for a transfer to any other universities in US and this can be done anytime during the year.

Q. Can the field of study be changed at the time of application?

Yes, the American system is very flexible in this regard. A student of Mechanical Engineering can apply for a program in Industrial Engineering but one has to study some compulsory courses in the area of study being chosen.

Q. What is the subject GRE test? Is it compulsory?

GRE subject tests test the measure of knowledge that a student has in a particular field of study. The Subject Tests can help a student stand out from other applicants by emphasizing knowledge and skill level in a specific area. Each Subject Test is intended for students who have an undergraduate major or extensive background in one of these eight disciplines: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology.

If a student completed his 4 years of bachelors education and is option for MS then GRE subject testis not mandatory to be taken.

However if there are dual specializations in any college, then the college decides whether to accept GRE subject test or not. Therefore, care must be taken to check from the university website on whether the subject tests are mandatory or not.

Q. What are the opportunities for non Engineering and Computer Science students in the US?

The American education system and job market demands students from various fields. Every year several students pursue their masters in the fields of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, Literature, Environmental Sciences, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Immunology, Biomedical Sciences, Toxicology etc. A majority of these students secured admission with financial aid.

Curriculum

Conduira provides a well-designed program for students who aspire to give GRE and apply to various Universities around the world. The salient features of our program

  • Innovative Method of Learning Vocabulary
    • We at Conduira do not believe that byhearting is the method of learning Vocabulary. We developed the Method of Association and Grouping so that the student can learn more number of words at a time,  remember not only the direct meaning but also the contextual usage of words.
  • Modular Approach
    • The program is so designed as to provide the student the flexibility to incorporate his/her academics into the training program, take a break when required and rejoin after the break. Care is taken that the students do no miss any session during the break.
  • Basic Mathematics
    • Another feature of this program is to provide additional classes in the Basics of Mathematics for all those who come from a non-mathematical background. These additional classes would be acting as bridge classes for the students so that they do not find the main classes too tough.
  • Multi-media Classrooms
    • All our classrooms are fitted with LCDs and have online connectivity. The classes are taken using Presentations. This enables the students to associate better with the concepts being taught. Further, the concepts can be revised by the student using AIM (Our online Tool) where the presentations are uploaded.
  • AIM
    • Using AIM, our online tool, the students can review, revise and test at their leisure and at the comfort of their homes. In case students want to use our Institute’s facilities, they are free to do so at the computer lab that is open.

GRE Program Variants

Class RoomCorrespondenceTest Series
8 Full Length Tests
Verbal & Quant Section Tests
Additional Topic Tests
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Concept Videos & Audio Presentations
Class Handouts & Solutions on line
Concept Books

Fresh Batches

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