Graduate Record Examinations 2016

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

GRE® Revised General Test Gives You The Power of Confidence so You Can do Your Best.

Venue: Pan India Exam Date: Throughout The Year

What is the test about?

This is a standardized test used by many universities and graduate schools around the world as part of the graduate admissions process.

Who is eligible?

There is no specific eligibility criterion for GRE. However, various universities that accept GRE scores have their own criteria of admission.

What are the test syllabus, duration and format?

Test Duration and Pattern (GRE 2014)
  • Analytical Writing (One section with two separately timed tasks)
    • Task 1 - Analyse an Issue  (30 minutes)
    • Task 2 - Analyse an Argument task (30 minutes)
  • Verbal Reasoning (Two sections) 
    • 20 questions per section (30 minutes per section)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections) 
    • 20 questions per section (35 minutes per section)
  • Unscored* (Varies)
  • Research**(Varies)
*Unscored: This section will not be declared explicitly and can appear in any order after Analytical Writing section. Questions in this section are being tried out either for possible use in future tests or to ensure that scores on new editions of the test are comparable to scores from earlier editions.
**Research: This section will be declared explicitly and, if included, will appear at the end of the test instead of the Unscored section. Questions in this section are included for ETS research purposes. Performance in Unscored or Research sections will not affect the score. The total duration of the test will be about 3 hours 45 minutes.
Note :
The Analytical Writing section is always presented first. Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Unscored sections can appear in any order. Each section should be approached with the thought that it will count towards the score.

Scores are reported in the following scales: 
  • Verbal Reasoning (130-170, in 1 point increments ) 
  • Quantitative Reasoning (130-170, in 1 point increments )
  • Analytical Writing (0-6, in half point increments)
If no questions are answered for a section, it will be indicated with NS (No Score).
After the test is finished, the following options are provided:

  • Report: The unofficial score (without score of Analytical Writing) is provided. Using ScoreSelect, you can choose the score(s) you want to send to institutions. The final Examinee Score Report is delivered in approximately 10-15 days after the date of the test. 
  • Cancel: The score for the test can be cancelled without viewing, after which it will not be a part of your reportable score history. If the score is viewed through Report, it cannot be cancelled later. Cancelled scores can be reinstated within 60 days of test date for a fee of
    US $30. 
Scores can be sent to up to four graduate institutions or fellowship sponsors at no extra cost. For sending to more institutions, you can use Additional Score Reports (ASRs) at US $25 for each score.

Scores are valid for five years after the year in which you appeared for the test.                                                      
Exam Format
GRE is conducted in two formats: computer-based and paper-based. In India, only the computer-based format is available.


key dates for application and registration

Throughout the Year

Who conducts the test?

Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Which colleges/institutes accept the test?

Thousands of universities, graduate schools and departments around the world accept GRE scores, for graduate course places and/or graduate fellowships – too many to list here! This includes more than 1,000 business schools which use the GRE for MBA program admissions. A full list is available on the ETS website, or you could just ask universities directly whether they consider GRE score.


Phone: 91-1244517127 or 000-800-100-4072 (toll free for test takers in India)
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. India Standard Time (except for local holidays)

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