GRE Exam: Can be attempted any number of times with a gap of 21 days between each attempt with an annual upper bound of 5 times per year.

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GRE 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. 

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 Exam Eligibility

  • No specific eligibility criteria is mentioned for appearing for the GRE.
  • B-School Aspirants can take the test irrespective of Age and Educational qualification. However, every programme will have its own requirements so candidates are required to look into this prior to taking the exam.

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]

GRE 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

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GRE Syllabus

Though there is no standard, hard-and-fast syllabus for candidates to follow, here are some basic guidelines about the type of questions that may appear in the exam.

Test Section Syllabus 
Quantitative Reasoning 


  • Arithmetic 

Properties and types of integers, such as divisibility, factorization, prime numbers, remainders and odd and even integers; arithmetic operations, exponents and roots; and concepts such as estimation, percent, ratio, rate, absolute value, the number line, decimal representation and sequences of numbers.

  • Algebra

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.

  • Geometry 

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.

  • Data Analysis 

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; conditional probability; 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.

Verbal Reasoning  This section will have 3 types of questions asked:

  1. Reading Comprehension
  2. Text Completion
  3. Sentence Equivalence
Analytical Writing  Task 1: Issue Task

The Issue task presents an opinion on an issue of general interest followed by specific instructions on how to respond to that issue. You are required to evaluate the issue, consider its complexities and develop an argument with reasons and examples to support your views.

Task 2: Argument Task

You are required to evaluate a given argument according to specific instructions. You will need to consider the logical soundness of the argument rather than agree or disagree with the position it presents.

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 www.ets.org/mygre.

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