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GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

Is conducted by ETS (Educational Testing Service).

There are two types of Exam

1. Paper based
2. Computer based

Computer based test lasts for 3 hr & 45 mins overall and consists of 6 sections. 1 section on analytical
writing, 2 sections EACH on verbal reasoning & quantitative reasoning and 1 section that is additional
will contain questions on either verbal or quantitative reasoning. But, this section is not taken into
account for scoring nor it has got timed. The test begins with the analytical writing section.

Analytical writing segment has two tasks – “Analyze an issue & Analyze an argument” – Duration 30
minutes each

Verbal and quantitative segments contain 20 questions each – 30 minutes for each of the two verbal
sections & 35 minutes for each of the two quantitative sections.

Here, order of the section is not announced and so, the test taker won’t know which section is unscored.
The additional unscored section is meant only for the research for ETS.

Online test will be written through the software named PowerPrep II

Duration of the test taken via online is as below

Analytical writing – 1hr

Verbal segment – 1 hr

Quants – 1 hr & 10 mins

Total 3 hrs and 10 mins (The time varies between 3 hours & 3 hours and 45 minutes)

Duration of the paper based test is as below

Analytical writing – 1 hr

Verbal segment – 1 hr & 10 mins

Quants – 1 hr & 20 mins

Total 3 hr and 30 mins

10 mins break is allowed in between the test for both online & paper based

Analyzing an issue – one statement will be given. You have to opine whether you agree or disagree and
to support your opinion, you will have to give your valid considerations.

Analyzing an argument – one passage will be given with the specific task instructions on how to analyze
the argument.


Three types of questions will come under this and they are: Reading comprehension, Text completion &
Sentence Equivalence. All the questions will be multiple choice questions. First half of the section
requires to read passages and answer questions. Second half requires to read, interpret and complete
existing sentences, group of sentences or paragraphs.

This test may contain 12 – 15 passages. Majority of the passages will be one paragraph in length and
very few passages will be lined up with several paragraphs. Number of questions based on a given
passage will range from 1 – 6.


This is to assess one’s basic mathematical skills, understanding of basic elementary concepts & ability to
solve problems with quantitative methods.

This has four sections as below –

1. Arithmetic - topics include properties and types of integers, such as divisibility, factorization,
prime numbers, remainders, and odd and even integers; arithmetic operations, exponents, and
radicals; and concepts such as estimation, percent, ratio, rate, absolute value, the number line,
decimal representation, and sequences of numbers.
2. Algebra - topics include operations with exponents; factoring and simplifying algebraic
expressions; relations, functions, equations, and inequalities; solving linear and quadratic
equations and inequalities; solving simultaneous equations and inequalities; setting up
equations to solve word problems; and coordinate geometry, including graphs of functions,
equations, and inequalities, intercepts, and slopes of lines.
3. Geometry - topics include parallel and perpendicular lines, circles, triangles—including isosceles,
equilateral, and 30°, 60° & 90° triangles—quadrilaterals, other polygons, congruent and similar
figures, three-dimensional figures, area, perimeter, volume, the Pythagorean theorem, and
angle measurement in degrees. The ability to construct proofs is not tested.
4. Data Analysis - topics include basic descriptive statistics, such as mean, median, mode, range,
standard deviation, interquartile range, quartiles, and percentiles; interpretation of data in
tables and graphs, such as line graphs, bar graphs, circle graphs, boxplots, scatterplots, and
frequency distributions; elementary probability, such as probabilities of compound events and
independent events; random variables and probability distributions, including normal
distributions; and counting methods, such as combinations, permutations, and Venn diagrams.
These topics are typically taught in high school algebra courses or introductory statistics courses.
Inferential statistics is not tested.

In this section, questions will be asked in four formats.

1. Quantitative comparison
2. Multiple choice – Select one
3. Multiple choice – Select one or more
4. Numeric entry

Questions may either appear independently as a discreet question or as a set of questions like a data
interpretation based on the tables, graphs or other formats of data.

Basic calculator is allowed to use for this section.

$205 is the exam fee for GRE (13,262.58 in INR) (final one inclusive of all taxes)

0124-4147700 registration centre for GRE

A valid passport is necessary for applying with an international credit card or “dd in favour of ets-gre “

Test centers will conduct only tests and do not schedule / reschedule / cancel the test appointments

For re-scheduling or canceling the exam, candidates have to do it prior 4 days. If they cancel prior 4
days, 50% of the amount will get refunded. And, they can reschedule the exam for next 4th day from the
actual date of examination planned earlier.

Validity for GRE score is 5 years

GRE – General (Score – 130 – 170)

We can re-write this exam with a gap of 21 days. Number of attempts is quite not sure.

Candidates have to register for the exam with prometric via the webpage given below

The address of the test center is given below


Unit #8,3rd Floor, Centennial Square,, No 6A, Dr Ambedkar Road, Kodambakkam,, CHENNAI India

Phone number: 044 - 4552 1030