GRE Exam 2021: Fees, Registration, Syllabus, Results & Scores for GRE Exam

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If you’re an aspiring college student hailing from the countryside or from a metropolitan city, GRE will help you skyrocket your career on the merits of your capabilities! GRE leads you towards your dream college. To ace the GRE test, know all about the test and clear your queries. Avoid stepping into a puddle as you find all the important GRE information here.

This article will cover all your pre-examination queries pertaining to who should take the GRE test, when is the best time to write the GRE and so on. You will also learn all about the GRE syllabus, GRE scoring and the best possible way to prepare yourself for the GRE exam. Refer this guide to stay updated and informed about the GRE examination.

 

What is GRE? Why should you appear for the GRE Test?

GRE, or Graduate Record Examination, is a Global standardized test hosted by the Educational Testing Services (ETS). The test acts as an internationally accepted report card for graduate and post-graduate courses across the globe. You can seek an admission in Universities across the U.S, U.K, Germany, Canada and many other countries by appearing for the GRE examination. 

In today’s globalized world, the competition is at its peak. But, the world is your oyster! With a wide market, you can choose the best for yourself by moving to a country that provides you with a stage for your talent. About 50 million people are reported to take the GRE test every year. Thus, it is absolutely necessary for you to achieve a good score to make it to the top universities.

 

Who writes GRE?

Students wanting to study abroad must appear for the GRE test.

If you find yourself in a dilemma of whether or not you should take the GRE test:

  • Speak to a Yocket counselor to guide you through it. 

  • You could also make your decision by discovering the various courses offered at the Universities abroad. Knowing about the possibilities will help you choose your career path ahead.  

  • If you’re interested in the field of Law, Business, or Marketing. You could pursue an MBA or a postgraduate degree in various fields by taking the GRE exam.

 

So, you’re smart and foresee your higher education. But, are you eligible to write GRE?  

Well, you’re eligible! ETS does not have any specific eligibility criteria in place to appear for the GRE test.

Although ETS doesn’t define any GRE eligibility, please ensure to meet the necessary eligibility requirements of pursuing a master’s or an MBA abroad. Also, know that some Universities have various eligibility criteria you must be aware of before submitting your application.

If you’re wondering about when is the best time to attend the GRE?

GRE is conducted throughout the year. This makes it easier for you to take the test as per your study plan. However, it is suggested that you give yourself some cushion time before your application approaches the deadline date. 

For instance, if you need to fill in the application by the end of December then scheduling the GRE date by October is a wise decision. This will help you grab some buffer time, in case you’re not satisfied with your scores.

Note: The GRE fee for Indian students is US $213.

Not all Universities require you to take the GRE test. However, students need to check with their desired colleges to understand their required eligibility to seek an admission. Colleges across the US, UK, New Zealand, Canada etc accept the GRE scores. Some B-schools require GMAT while others accept GRE scores for the admission process. Check the list below to find the colleges that accept GRE score:

 

Universities/Colleges accepting GRE in USA:

  1. Harvard University

  2. Yale University

  3. Boston University

  4. Columbia University

  5. MIT

  6. New York University

  7. Princeton University

  8. Stanford University

Universities/Colleges accepting GRE Scores in Canada:

  1. Brock University

  2. Cape Breton University

  3. Queen's University

  4. University of Ottawa

  5. University of Toronto

  6. York University

Universities/Colleges accepting GRE Scores in UK:

  1. City University London

  2. London Business School

  3. University of Oxford

  4. University of Cambridge

  5. University of Kent

  6. University of Manchester

Many other universities accept GRE. Assess your academics, profile, and more to explore all your potential universities abroad. You could also get in touch with a Yocket counselor for a free session to discuss your possibilities.

 

Do all courses require a GRE exam score for admission? 

The answer to this is simple, it depends! GRE exams are conducted for students interested in various courses such as an MBA or Masters’s program abroad. For instance, if you’re looking to pursue a postgraduate degree in Chemistry. You can opt for the GRE Chemistry Test. Provided you check with your college about the acceptance of the GRE subject test instead of the GRE General Test before applying. 

Both of these aptitude tests have a unique nature of testing your abilities. Let us learn about their differences in the table below:

Query

GRE GENERAL TEST

GRE SUBJECT TEST

Type of test

An aptitude eligibility test to seek admission in a B-school or a Masters abroad

Subject-based eligibility test to seek graduation or a post-graduation abroad in a specialized subject

Conducted

At home, at a Computer-based center or via a paper-delivered test

A paper-delivered test conducted thrice a year in the months of September, April, and October

Tests

Overall aptitude test of Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing

Tests conducted in various subjects - Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Psychology

GRE  Test Duration

3hrs 45mins

2hrs 50mins

Scoring

260-340 score scale, in 1-point increment

200 to 990 score scale, in 10-point increments

Speaking of how the test-takers can attend the exam, you will be glad that you have options to choose from. You can choose to take the GRE computer-based exam at a test center or write a paper-delivered test. However, GRE via a computer can be taken multiple times a year. Paper-delivered GRE is hosted only thrice a year in the months of October, November and February.

In light of the current Covid-19 situation, ETS has also introduced GRE Home Edition. Students can now attend the test from the comfort of their homes. All you need to do is book your test slot on the ETS official website and register.

Do GRE paper-delivered, GRE computer-based and GRE Home Edition have the same paper pattern?

The pattern of the GRE test has a few tweaks based on the mode of attending the paper. The computer-delivered test from the center or from home functions of the section-adaptability method of questioning. This, in turn, affects the scores of the test takers. 

  • Paper-delivered questions are definitive in nature. Hence, the paper pattern has three definitive sections of Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical writing. 

  • You will also find variations in the number of questions and time given to answer among each of these cases. 

To gain a better understanding, let’s look at the different GRE paper patterns in the table below: 

What is the GRE computer-based test pattern like? 

The GRE paper aims to examine a student's overall performance. This is why the paper is structured to test your logical reasoning skills, vernacular language sensibility, and writing talent.  

The GRE exam pattern has six sections namely - 

  1. Analytical Writing (1 section)

  2. Verbal Reasoning (2 sections)

  3. Quantitative Reasoning (2 sections)

  4. Unscored/Research section (1 section)

In the paper, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections are scored in a 130-170 score range, with a 1 point increment. Whereas, Analytical Writing Assessment is scored on a score range of 0-6, with a half-point increment. 

  • Apart from these definitive sections of the assessment, GRE also has an unscored or a research section to be on the lookout for. 

  • GRE presents an unscored section anywhere in the paper to ensure consistency and the intelligence of the test taker. The students are unaware of the section during the exam. 

  • If not for an unscored section, an optional research question is posed at the end of the test.

 

Duration: The overall testing time for computer-based GRE test is 3 hrs 45 mins.

Unlocking the GRE Syllabus Guide: 

As discussed above, the GRE syllabus has three vital sections. Each of these sections test your excellence in English language, Mathematics and your application skills. Let’s look at the GRE syllabus per section and discuss the type of questions asked in each of them:

 

1.Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning section of GRE can be aced by intensive reading and practicing various grammar exercises that expand your vocabulary. Three types of questions in the section test your English comprehension skill, vocabulary and grammar.  

Question Types of Verbal Reasoning:

  1. Reading Comprehension: Read the given passages and answer the questions. 

  2. Text Completion: Fill in the blanks with appropriate answers.

  3. Sentence Equivalence: Check if the underlined words fit the sentence. If not, replace the word with the appropriate answer from the given options. 

Topics you must thorough yourself with for the Verbal Reasoning Section:  

  1. Modifiers and Parallelism

  2. Idioms and Idiomatic expressions

  3. Verb tense

  4. Pronoun Agreement

  5. Subject-Verb Agreement

  6. Nouns, Adjectives, Pronouns

  7. Synonyms and Antonyms

2.Quantitative Reasoning:

The GRE exam syllabus for the Quantitative Reasoning section is based on Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and Data Analysis. You need to strategize and resolve mathematical questions to arrive at the answer swiftly. The Quantitative Reasoning syllabus picks on your ability to apply logic to solve complex problems. Types of questions you need to solve in this section include: 

  1. Multiple-choice questions: Choose an answer from the given options. 

  2. Comparative questions: Compare the given values to deduce your answer based on the requirement. 

  3. Word problems: Read the word problem, to understand, evaluate and find an answer.

  4. Numerical questions: Problems that would require you to answer by solving the numerical.  

Quantitative Reasoning Syllabus:

The challenging GRE Quant questions are based on: 

  1. Arithmetic: Property and types of integers, Power and roots, Statistics, Estimation, Number properties, Percentage, Exponents and Roots, Ratio and proportions, Simple and Compound Interest, Arithmetic Operations. 

  2. Geometry: Lines and Angles, Circles, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Three-dimensional figures, Area, Perimeter, Volume, Angle Measurements.

  3. Data Analysis: Descriptive statistics such as Median, Mean, Range, Mode, Percentiles, etc, Interpretation of data based on graphs, circle graphs, scatter plots, etc, Probability, Permutation and Combination, Venn Diagrams and Sets Theory.

  4. Algebra: Exponents, Algebraic Expressions, Factoring and Simplifying, Equations and inequalities, Linear and Quadratic inequalities, Linear Equations, Quadratic equations, Word Problems, Speed, distance, and Time, Profit and Loss and Coordinate geometry.

3. Analytical Writing Assessment:

Analytical Writing tests your argumentative skills and articulation. In this task, you’re required to write two essays. This AWA score acts as an indicator of how effectively you can communicate your thoughts. 

Types of essay you need to write: 

  1. An argumentative essay 

  2. An issue based essay

Analytical Writing Syllabus:

To compose a well-structured essay, prepare yourself with the basics of writing. Update yourself with current affairs, subscribe to news platforms, build your opinions based on the ideologies you stand for. Refer to the GRE official Analytical Writing guide and practice writing essays on various GRE topics.

 

The Final Destination: GRE scores and Landing at your Desired College

After months of research, preparation and angst, when you’re finally done with taking the GRE exam - GRE scores come into the picture. Students receive their GRE scorecard within 15 days of attending the GRE. The secured test scores are valid for 5 years. 

  • This means, if a student attempts the GRE examination on August 1, 2021, he/she can use these marks until July 31, 2026, to get an admission in his/her desired college. 

  • In any case, students must gain clarity on the validity of scores at their desired colleges. Some universities accept GRE scores of the exam taken only 2-3 years prior to admission. 

Are GRE unofficial scores a real thing?

Yes, unofficial GRE scores are a real thing that reflects in your account just after writing the test. Although this score is not official, it gives you a snap of your performance.

If you think preparing and writing for GRE was tricky, unlocking colleges might be trickier. Although, possible! But, only with a good GRE score.

But, what’s a good GRE score to avoid stepping into a pickle? 

According to ETS, scoring about 300 and above is considered a good GRE score. But, a good GRE score also depends on the targeted universities. Different universities have different GRE score requirements according to their admission standards. 

For instance, Harvard accepts an average score of 160 in Verbal Reasoning and 167 in Quantitative Reasoning for admissions. Princeton accepts students with a score of 162 - Verbal and 166 - Quantitative.

Making that crucial call: Sending the GRE score to your Dream University

After successfully hopping over the bushes of preparing for GRE and taking the GRE test, you now have to submit your scores to Universities. Making this nerve-wracking crucial call can be confusing with a load of options to choose from.

 

So, How to decide which University to submit your scores to? 

The answer is simpler if you know your scores. You can just look up on the accepted GRE score of the University you’re interested in and apply. But, if you have to make this decision before attending the GRE test, then:

  • Be extremely calculative, strategize and set a realistically achievable score for yourself 

  • Choose Universities to apply on the ‘best case scenario’ but also list your options if you didn’t score as expected. 

  • Make your pick!

Sending your GRE scores via ScoreSelect:

Students can send their GRE scores through an ETS service called ScoreSelect. The swift service allows you to pick the information you wish to submit to various Universities. The selected colleges receive your GRE score after 10-15 days of your examination. 

Note: Test-takers can submit their scores on the test day or after. Either way, you can pick whether you want to submit all your previous GRE scores or the recent GRE test score.

Can you send GRE scores to Universities for FREE?  

Yes! You can send scores to four of your dream Universities for free using ETS’s ScoreSelect service.

If you wish to send your GRE scores to more than four universities/colleges an additional charge of US $27 is applicable per university/college.

So, if you have made up your mind to appear for the test, let's understand how to register for the same.

 

How to register for the GRE Test?  

Before GRE registration: Please keep your passport and debit/credit card handy. Ensure that the details you submit on the ETS portal match your passport.

Follow these steps to register for GRE:

  1. Head to the official ETS website and create an ETS account 

  2. Login to your respective ETS account

  3. Select the GRE test you wish to write and the location

  4. Confirming the location, select the test time and date for the exam before you proceed to payment

  5. Review your application

  6. Complete the registration process by making an online fee payment using a debit or credit card

  7. Once the payment is processed, you receive a confirmation email about your GRE registration on the registered email address

YOU ARE NOW OFFICIALLY REGISTERED!!

Note: Every candidate is allowed to attempt the GRE general test five times a year. However, you must maintain a gap of 21 days between two consecutive GRE tests.

In case of rescheduling/cancellation: 

  • Rescheduling is allowed for the same testing year.

  • A rescheduling fee is applicable for rescheduling. 

  • Applicants can also reschedule through mail or online.

  • Cancellation of the GRE test is allowed four days prior to the examination.

  • If a student cancels, he/she receives half of the amount as a refund depending upon when the applicant cancels.

 

How to prepare for the GRE test?

To achieve a good score on the GRE test, you need to have strategies and practices to follow. Set your target score and begin the GRE preparation using the tips below:  

  • Build foundational vocabulary on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

  • Refer to the official ETS guide books for Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment.

  • Amplify your vocabulary using the Yocket Flashcards.

  • Practice reading passages to understand and learn to draw passage structures and conclusions. 

  • Keep a tab on current events.

  • Go through sample GRE topics and formulate arguments. 

  • Understand mathematical problems and strategize your answer.

  • Expose yourself to different varieties of math questions.

  • It's recommended to always apply logic rather than jumping into complex mathematical procedures.

  • Take tests and practice, practice, practice!

Learning is a never-ending journey but making it fun can completely change things for you. You will be amazed by the results you get when you start balancing and enjoying your learning experience. GRE examination is all about that! Your life skills are assessed in a structured analytical manner. Thus, to ace the GRE paper work on your observation skills, join the dots, learn and apply.