GRE Entrance Exam 2021

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GRE 2021 Exam Information

What is GRE?

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is a standardised test for admission to graduate and business school programmes, predominantly in the United States. The test is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and it comprises of question types that test the aptitude of aspiring graduate-students.

Applicants from different educational and regional backgrounds apply for the same programmes and the GRE General Test provides schools with a standard measure for comparing candidates’ qualifications.

Should I take GRE?

If you are a prospective graduate or B-School applicant, or if you are interested in pursuing a Master’s degree, MBA or a specialized degree you should take the GRE General Test. It is accepted by thousands of grad-schools, including schools that offer courses in business and law (PG programmes).

GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study.

  • The GRE Exam is more suited to M.Sc./Ph.D. candidates while the GMAT is more concentrated on Management Programme Aptitude 
  • Remember, the scores are valid for 5 years so you may take the exam even well in advance.

The Graduate Record Examination or GRE is an examination for taking admission in most of the graduate schools abroad as well as in India. GRE is a standardized test. Hence, in GRE all the candidates are required to answer the same type of questions and these questions are evaluated in a standard manner. This allows for an easier way to formulate a comparison between the candidate’s relative performance on the test. The GRE test resembles the SAT or the Scholastic Aptitude Test and the ACT or the American College Testing exam in terms of its exam pattern and score evaluation. The exam is not different from other exams for getting into a college. Unlike other exams, GRE and it’s like are not your everyday theory- based assessment. The candidate’s ability to think critically, the ability to write without any error and analytically. Reasoning skills such as verbal and quantitative are also evaluated in the GRE test. Now let us look at the pattern of the test.

Overall, the GRE paper is divided into three sections. One is the Analytical writing section and the other two sections are the verbal and the reasoning section. As per the previous year’s pattern, the Analytical section is always presented first on the test. The order in which the verbal and reasoning sections are to be presented is not predefined.

Analytical writing:

This section consists of two questions. In the first question the candidate is required to read and analyze a paragraph and answer the question that follows, presenting his views about the given topic. The second question resembles the first one. The time limit given for the first question is 45 minutes and for the second question is 30 minutes.

Verbal section:

In this section the questions could be of many forms. For example, completion of sentences, synonyms and antonyms, comprehension, analogies, such type of questions are asked.

Quantitative section:

In this section, usually the math related problems pertain to high school level. Geometry, trigonometry, algebra, analysis of data, are some of the types of problems given.

In all of the above sections, the number of questions and the time given, depends upon the mode of the GRE test a candidate applies for. The test could be computer based, which is more common nowadays, and the other is paper based.

Which Colleges accept GRE?

The GRE Scores are used in admissions decisions for all types of master’s, MBA, specialised master’s in business, and doctoral programs and even for awarding fellowships.

Thousands of universities all over the world accept GRE scores such as many of those in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, India, France, Germany and many other countries. B-schools around the world, including Harvard, IE, INSEAD, MIT Sloan, Stanford and Singapore Management University accept GRE scores for their MBA programs.


  1. Always check the requirements of the school you are applying to. They may be accepting either GRE Scores or GMAT Scores and many institutions are now accepting both. 
  2. While traditionally GRE is taken for admission to foreign universities (mainly Master’s courses in the US), many Indian B-Schools are now also accepting GRE scores. 
To view entire list of B-Schools accepting GRE Scores for MBA Programmes, you can view this official list MBA Programmes Accepting GRE Scores


To view entire list of Law Schools accepting GRE Scores for J.D. Programmes (Law), you can view this official list  J.D. Programmes Accepting GRE Scores

GRE 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Graduate Record Test (GRE) is one of the international standard tests that is required for gaining admissions into Graduate schools in the United States of America. This test is organized and conducted by the Education Testing Services (ETS). The test can be availed in both online and offline modes. The offline options are available thrice a year while the offline tests can be taken anytime throughout the year. The scores are valid upto 5 years after the test was taken. The test intends to take a candidate’s skills in reasoning and writing alongside thinking.

How Many times can I take the GRE?

The exam can be taken any number of times and at any age, subject to two conditions –

  1. There must be a minimum 21 days gap between 2 consecutive attempts
  2. Not more than 5 attempts can be taken in the span of 1 year.

[This will apply to even those candidates who have cancelled their scores on a test taken previously]

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GRE 2021 Exam Pattern

Structure of the Computerised GRE Test

Measure Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing
(One section with two separately timed tasks)
One “Analyze an Issue” task and one “Analyze an Argument” task 30 minutes per task
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 Section (Will not be identified)/Research Section(Will be identified) Varies Varies
  • The Analytical Writing section will always precede all other test sections.
  • The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Experimental Section may appear in any order.

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GRE 2021 Syllabus

Graduate Record Test (GRE) is one of the international standard tests for gaining admissions into any graduate school in the United States of America. The test is conducted and organized by the Education Testing Services (ETS). The test can be availed both offline and online, the online examinations can be taken at any time of the year while the offline tests are available thrice a year. The GRE scores are valid up to 5 years after the test has been taken. The test aims to test a candidates’ skills in thinking, writing and reasoning.


The GRE tests are divided into two kinds: GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test. The syllabus for both of these exams vary.

GRE General Test syllabus



Analytical writing

This section proposes to measure the candidates’ ability to articulate complex ideas effectively and precisely, support an idea with relevant examples and reasoning, examine a situation with reasoning and maintain a well-focused and coherent discussion with control on the standard elements in written English.

Verbal reasoning

This section intends to test the candidates’ ability to analyze and draw conclusions from interactions, reasoning from incomplete data, identify a perspective, distinguish major points from minor ones, select essential points, summarize, understand the structure of any given text and understanding the words, their meanings and relationship to the entire text. The portions covered for the same are:

  • Basic sentence structure: nouns, pronouns and the like
  • Verb, tense
  • Idioms and idiomatic phrases
  • Pronoun agreement
  • Subject-verb agreement
  • Modifiers
  • parallelism
Quantitative reasoning

This section aims to evaluate the candidates’ ability to understand quantitative information, interpret and analyze quantitative information, solve problems using mathematics models, apply basic mathematic skills of algebra, arithmetic, geometry etc.

The portions covered are:

  • ratio and proportion
  • profit and loss
  • simple and compound interest
  • distance, speed, time, work
  • linear equations
  • permutations and combinations
  • sets
  • quadratic equations
  • statistics and probability
  • powers and roots
  • pipes and cisterns
  • polygons (quads, triangles etc.), circles
  • lines and angles
  • co-ordinate geometry
  • order of operations
  • volumes and surface areas
  • percentages and other number properties

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GRE Marking Scheme

Three scores are reported on the GRE General Test Score-Card – Verbal Reasoning, Quant Reasoning and Analytical Writing. Here is the breakup:

Section Min. Score Max Score. Increments (Inc. in marks per correct answer)
Verbal Reasoning 130 170 1-point increments
Quantitative Reasoning 130 170 1-point increments
Analytical Writing 0 6 1/2-point increments
  • The score is expressed out of 340, i.e., your verbal and quant score combined. Hence, when candidates state their score they may very often mention it out of 340.
  • Analytical Writing is marked as a separate score out of 6.

How to Register for GRE?

Step 1: Create ETS Account

  • Your first step to registering for the GRE is creating an ETS Account to register online (if you do not already have one).
  • To create your ETC account, go to

Your ETS Account also gives you the following access:

  • Register for a GRE test
  • Sign up for the free GRE® Search Service
  • Order test prep materials
  • View scores
  • View, change or cancel your registration
  • Order Additional Score Reports
  • Access the free GRE Diagnostic Service

Note: When entering you details, make sure to verify your Name and Birthdate. These must exactly match the details as mentioned in the Government ID that you will provide at the test centre. There is no provision to change this once you have registered yourself.

Step 2: Find Suitable Test Centre and Dates

The ETS provides an online calendar for aspiring GRE candidates to know availability of dates and seat availability at various centres. The computer-delivered test is offered year round, and you can register online or by phone.

To check availability of test centres and dates, follow this link GRE Test Centre and GRE Dates Availability 
  • The ETS website allows you to look at tests available in two-month windows.
  • When entering your location details, be as specific as possible. Entering “India” as location will not help. Preferably input the city where you wish to write the test from itself. It seats are not available in that given city, the Test Availability Finder will show you the closest alternative options.

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How to Reschedule GRE Test?

  • You can reschedule your test online.
  • Rescheduling your GRE General Test must be done a minimum of four days before your appointment. Otherwise, your test fee will be forfeited. [Eg: the deadline to reschedule a Saturday appointment at a testing location in the United States is Tuesday.]
  • A fee will be charged for rescheduling your test registration ($50)
  • Appointments cannot be rescheduled beyond 1 year of original appointment date.
  • You will need to provide your appointment confirmation number and the full name used to make an appointment when rescheduling.
Special Handling Requests
Rescheduling fee $50
Changing your test centre $50

GRE 2021 Admit Card

The Graduate Record Examinations conducted by the Educational Testing Services is a very important and basic test that is required for the graduate schools in the US. The candidates compete with students from all across the world who aspire to get admitted in a reputed college in the United States. The candidates will need to carry their admit card to the examination as required by all competitive examinations. The candidates are advised to carry at least two print outs of their admit card to the examination hall. The aspirants have a time of two months from which they can choose a day to appear for the test. Unlike many exams GRE gives more than enough time for the students to prepare for the examination.

The GRE dates are released to the candidates who have applied for the exam. The aspirants are given the required information through messages or emails. The candidate will know the exam dates when applying for the exam.

The basic steps to download the admit card are mentioned below.

  • Visit the website of ETS-GRE
  • Download the entrance card and fill the important details
  • After the submission, the hall ticket will be displayed on the screen

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GRE 2021 Result

GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is the test which is given to get admission in different graduate schools or business graduate schools across the globe especially in US.


Candidates can get to know the GRE Score of the General Test within 10-15 days of the Exam. As this is a computer based exam the candidates get to know their unofficial scores in the areas of Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. Easy Task part is not scored real time hence the score of Analytical writing is not released at the end of the GRE Test. The scoring pattern is same since August 2011 which is updated since August 1, 2011.Candidates are intimated about their test results within 5 weeks from the date of Exam.


The Counseling Procedure actually helps in identifying the right universities one wants to apply for basis the overall profile & GRE Score. Also it helps to prepare for the application specially the documentation part. It is important to write the self SOP rather than getting the counselor do it.


The scores in the Multiple-choice sections are based on the No of correct answers given. Marks are not deducted for any incorrect answers. Time is an important factor in this exam hence one should attempt the easier ones first and then come back to the difficult ones. Spending too much time on difficult questions may lead to paucity of time later. Calculators are allowed in the exam .Grid entries needs to be clearly marked to get the score. To answer the questions with geometric figures, it should be based on geometric reasoning, not on estimating or comparing quantities. If any answer is in fraction, then the grid will have built-in division slash (/) else the grid will have decimal point. Only one answer to be circled. Columns which are not needed should be left blank. It is also important to write the answers in the boxes. These are important and should be practiced rigorously to fare well in the GRE Exam.

GRE Cutoff

The Graduate Record Examinations commonly known as GRE, is a standardized exam and a mandatory requirement for students seeking admission into graduate schools in the United States. The GRE exam is owned and administered by Education Testing Service (ETS). The GRE intends to measure the candidate’s holistic ability by testing their verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing and critical thinking. The GRE syllabus consist of algebra, geometry, arithmetic and vocabulary.

The test fees are $205, but financial aid is provided to those who can’t afford the fees and prove the economic hardship. A candidate may miss one or multiple questions on a multiple-choice and still score a good score of 170. Similarly, if no question is answered correctly, score of 130 is the lowest score. While GRE is a standardized exam, GRE cut off highly depends on the university a candidate would like to enroll in.

For students practicing and working hard to achieve most acceptable GRE scores, the below mentioned score slabs would help them set their score targets better. A top score of 163+ in Verbal, 165+ in Quant and 5.0+ in AWA that would lead to an overall score of 328+, would help them qualify for the top 10% universities in the United States.

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