GRE Overview

Pragya Sharma ✅

Pragya Sharma ✅

Co-Founder @ Ace My Prep & Study Abroad Expert



The GRE Test is a systematized exam that is considered by many graduate schools in the process of admission. This test also provides a similar function to the ACT and SAT Tests in that both are used by universities and colleges as a factor in admissions. Differentinstitutions consider different standardized tests and use them along with other factors such as class rank, GPA, community service, recommendations, and extracurricular activities.

This test measures a student’s readiness for graduate or business school. It focuses on the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing skills of a candidate. There’re also GRE Subject tests that evaluate a student’s knowledge in seven different subject areas.

The test scores of GRE range from 130-170 for the verbal and quantitative sections. Whereas the GRE analytical writing section is scored on a scale of 0 to 6.

Why should you take the GRE?

This is, in fact, an important question. After all, if you could avoid it, I’m sure you wouldn’t

want to slog through 3,000 vocabulary flashcards. So here’s how it works: Except for medical school and law school, the GRE is required for most graduate programs. You may have noticed that in the “except” section, I left out business school. The GRE is accepted by the majority of elite business schools in the United States, as well as many internationally. So, if you’re thinking about going to business school and have heard bad things about the GMAT, it’s time to dust out those flashcards.

When should you go for the GRE?

This question can be approached in two ways. For those still in college, the question is likely to be interpreted as “Should I take the test now or wait till after college?” Those who haven’t visited a college campus since the turn of the century, on the other hand, are undoubtedly wondering what the optimum time to take the exam is. This latter question will be addressed at the conclusion. Taking the GRE may not be a bad idea if you are in college and are swamped with academic reading and pulling all-nighters composing 20-page papers (at least once that 20-page paper is finished). Your brain is already in GRE gear, according to the theory. You can always retake the test if you don’t do as well as you expected.

 The fact that you had to retake the test has no bearing on your academic record. If you are wondering what the best time is to take the GRE, the answer is that there isn’t one. Many students cram in September and October in order to submit their results by the deadline. However, you won’t have much of a chance to retake the exam if you do so. Furthermore, the large number of people taking the test during these months makes scheduling a test session extremely difficult. If you are lucky enough to secure an appointment at all, you might have to get up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. Take the GRE in the spring to ensure a favorable testing appointment and plenty of time to prepare and, if necessary, retake the test. If this seems impossible, then try to book an appointment as early as possible.

What are the expenses of giving this exam?

The test is less costly than the GMAT. Taking the GRE, however, is not inexpensive, costing $205 plus the potential of a few more fees. Remember to account for travel expenses, which might be more expensive than the actual test for some.

Sections of the exam

The GRE has three sections: a math section, a verbal section, and an essay section. The essay component is first, and it consists of two essays. After that, you'll have five portions: two math sections, two verbal sections, and a mystery section dubbed the experimental section, which can be either math or verbal.

Below, you will find a lot more information about each section:

● A section on Verbal Reasoning
● A section on Quantitative Reasoning
● A section on Analytical Writing

You may have only recently heard of the GRE and are unsure what this test entails. The
Graduate Record Examination, or GRE, is a broad test used by most graduate programs (you can think of it as the SAT for grad school). Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing are the three components of the GRE. The GRE is a broad test, which means it does not have a subject focus. So, even if you are barely out of college–or even if you are still in college–the test material won’t necessarily overlap with anything you have learned in the last few years. Rather, the GRE assesses your ability to think both with words and figures.

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