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GRE Overview

PBPiyush Bhartiya
Updated OnDec 3, 2021

GRE Exam

Graduate Record Examinations or popularly known as GRE is also a qualifying exam required in many foreign universities for post-graduation admission. The GRE is often used as a yardstick to measure a student's capability to study a graduate program. The exam is of two types – General and Subject-specific. The exam is available in two formats, online format, and paper-based format.

GRE Full Form

The Full form of GRE is Graduate Record Examinations, the GRE test last for approximately 3 hours and 45 Minutes and is necessary if you are going for a Masters or a Ph.D. in the USA.

GRE Highlights 2020


Exam Name


GRE full form

Graduate Record Examination

Official Website

Most popular for

MS courses in the USA

Also accepted for

MBA courses outside India

Conducted by

ETS (Educational Testing Service)

Mode of Exam

Computer and Paper – delivered test


US $205

Score Range

Verbal Reasoning score range: 130–170

Quantitative Reasoning score range: 130–170

Analytical Writing score range: 0–6

GRE Contact

+91-1244517127 or 000-800-100-4072

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. IST

Email: [email protected]

GRE Syllabus

Students planning to Study abroad need to take the GRE test before they can go to study abroad. We will now discuss the Syllabus of the GRE Exam.

There are two test formats of the GRE Exam, and each has their respective syllabus, the formats are:

  1. GRE General Test: This is the general GRE Test that tests the student's analytical writing skills and their verbal and quantitative reasoning.
  2. GRE Subject Test: Some colleges demand Subject test to test the student's knowledge in particular subjects 

GRE Syllabus for General Test:

The syllabus for the GRE General test is:

  1. Analytical Reasoning
  2. Verbal Reasoning
    1. Verbs
    2. Modifiers
    3. Nouns, Pronouns, and Adjectives
    4. Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions
    5. Parallelism
  3. Quantitative Reasoning

The syllabus for the GRE subject test is:

  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Mathematics
  4. Physics
  5. English Literature
  6. Psychology

Also Read: GRE Syllabus – All You Need to Know

GRE Exam Pattern

Competitive exams like GRE are important when it comes to time management, even tho the student knows the syllabus and learned everything that there is to learn, finishing the exam on time is still a task. Knowing the Patter of the exam helps in advance as it helps the student plan accordingly.

Exam Pattern for GRE Computer Based Exam

GRE Segment

No. Of Sections


Analytical Writing Segment

2 Tasks

30-minutes each

Verbal Segment

20 Questions (2 sections)

30 minutes (each section)

Quantitative Segment

20 Questions (2 sections)

35 minutes (each section)

Exam Pattern for GRE Paper Based Exam

GRE Segment

No. Of Sections


Analytical Writing Segment


30 – minutes each

Verbal Segment


35 – minutes each

Quantitative Segment


40 – minutes each

GRE Score

Every Applicant who Gives their GRE Exam shall get their GRE scores. GRE Scores are available on the ETS Website within 10-15 days of the exam, you can check your GRE score by logging in your ETS account with your credentials. Your GRE score is very important as it decided in which university you can apply in. Every University accepts different GRE scores. A GRE score is valid for 5 Years from the day of your exam. 

As a GRE applicant, you should know how the GRE scoring works:

Section Score Range

Verbal Reasoning


Quantitative Reasoning

Analytical Writing 0-6
Total 260-340

Source - ETS

When you apply for admission in any University, they ask your GRE Score. Different Universities accept different GRE scores. We will now discuss which university accepts which Score:

Universities for GRE Score 330 - 340

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
  2. Stanford University (California)
  3. California Institute of Technology (California)
  4. The University of California - Berkley (Berkley, California)
  5. Carnegie Mellon University (Pennsylvania)
  6. Princeton University (New Jersey)
  7. Harvard University (Massachusetts)

Universities for GRE Score 325 - 330

  1. Yale University (Connecticut)
  2. The University of California - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California)
  3. The University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
  4. Cornell University (New York)
  5. Columbia University (New York)
  6. Brown University (Rhode Island)

Universities for GRE Score 320 - 325

  1. Purdue University (Indiana)
  2. The University of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania)
  3. The University of Virginia (Virginia)
  4. The University of Chicago (Illinois)
  5. Northwestern University (Illinois)

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GRE Exam Dates

Like other international competitive exams, you have the liberty of appearing for GRE throughout the year. GRE is offered all-year at test centers in India. At GRE test centers outside of the Prometric network, there might be limited test-dates available, so you will have to check the date availability before registering.

You can schedule your exam date online, through the mail, over a telephone or through fax. We recommend you choose online registration as it assures the fastest guarantee of registration, which is on a first-come, first-served basis.

When selecting a test date, make sure you will receive your scores in time for the college application deadlines. Score results are sent to your selected colleges and universities 10–15 days after the test date. You can retake the GRE test after 21 days of the exam date, and up to five times in a calendar year.

GRE Login

Registration can be done online on, through phone or the mail, for both paper-based and computer-based tests. Since spaces often fill up quickly, it is strongly recommended to register as early as possible.

  1. Visit the official Website.
  2. Register through your mail.
  3. Choose the relevant option
  4. Select the test center.
  5. Choose a center near to you.

GRE Preparation Tips

GRE Exam is not an easy one, Student study for months and still do not reach their expected scores. GRE Preparation should be done carefully and with a proper plan. To help your Preparation for your GRE Exam here are GRE Tips which can come in use, using these GRE tips can come in handy and help you study for your GRE exam.

As a GRE Applicant, you may know that GRE has divided into different sections such as GRE Verbal Reasoning, GRE Analytical Writing, and Quantitative Reasoning so here are GRE Tips for the same:

GRE Tips for Verbal Reasoning:

  1. Learn new words
  2. Practice Reading Comprehension
  3. Check Grammar

GRE Tips for Quantitative Reasoning

  1. Practice elementary mathematics
  2. Solve sample paper

GRE Tips for Analytical Writing

  1. Read and Analyse
  2. Practice writing

Important GRE Tips

  1. Practice
  2. Mark and Review
  3. Review
  4. No negative marking
  5. Tracking time

Why GRE?

GRE is an internationally recognized exam that is used to take admission in various courses in various universities all over the globe. The exam is accepted widely all over the world, and a good score in it ensures admission to a topmost university in the world. The exam is often used as a yardstick to test whether a student will be able to study the curriculum of a foreign university of not.

  • To apply for this exam, one must create a 'My GRE Account.'
  • A candidate then should fill all their vital information carefully.
  • Once the account is set up, search for test availability dates.
  • After choosing a date and time slot, choose the suitable test center from the list of centers provided. 
  • Then pay the fees online, which is USD 205.



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Advantages of GRE

  • GRE is advantageous as it allows students to seek admission in universities all over the world.
  • The exam is available in two formats – online and paper-based.
  • The exam can be given generally or can be given as a subject-specific exam.
  • It is a widely accepted exam. Universities all over the world accept it.
  • The exam helps students with low GPAs.
  • Students with a low GPA if scores good in GRE can still seek admission in top universities.
  • A good GRE score also makes one eligible for various scholarships.
  • A good GRE score also ensures that one gets a VISA more easily than others.
  • A GRE exam can do wonders and help improve one's profile.
  • GRE exam can greatly improve your chances of admission to a foreign university.


1. Which MBA programs accept GRE scores?

Answer: Numerous schools accept GRE, including Harvard Business School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

2. What is the price of the test?

Answer: The GRE test costs $205.

3. How do I register for the computer-based test?

Answer: You can register for the computer-based test on

4. How do I register for the paper-delivered test?

Answer: You can register for the paper-delivered test on

5. How often can I retake the test?

Answer: You can take the GRE test once every 21 days and five times within 12 months.

6. How can I prepare for the test?

Answer: You can get access to numerous online prep materials to get started.

7. How long is the test?

Answer: The test lasts for 3 hours and 45 minutes.

8. Can I use a calculator in the test?

Answer: No calculators are allowed during the test.

9. How are the scores reported?

Answer: Scores will be sent to your official ETS account after 10 to 15 days from the test date.

10. How can I send my scores to an institution?

Answer: While registering you can choose the institutions you wish to send your scores to.

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Piyush Bhartiya
Study Abroad Expert & Co-Founder @ AdmitKard
Piyush values education and has studied from the top institutes of IIT Roorkee, IIM Bangalore, KTH Sweden and Tsinghua University in China. Post completing his MBA, he has worked with the world's # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group and focused on building sales and marketing vertical for top MNCs and Indian business houses.