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What is GRE?
- GRE is actually Graduate Recorded Exam.
- The Education Testing Service (ETS) directs the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) on behalf of the Graduate Record Examinations Board and the Council of Graduate Schools.
- A good score will give you a chance to pursue Masters or P.hd in top universities in USA, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Singapore.
- The scores have to be submitted by the aspirants for Graduate program
- GRE can lead you to TOP Global Universities –MIT, Caltech, Oxford, UC Berkeley
- GRE can lead you to TOP B-Schools- Harvard, Stanford, HEC, ISB, IIM-A, B
- GRE Scores are valid for 5 Years.
- The registration fee for taking GRE is USD 205.
- GRE can be taken at any time of the year on a date of your choice.
- GRE can be retaken after 21 days if you desire to improve your score. You can take this test 5 times a year.
- GRE is your gateway to top companies –Google, Apple, IBM, etc;
- In addition to this, the program also offers a variety of services and publications to help students transfer to their respective graduate program.
There are two versions of the test, the first is the
GRE – General- Verbal Ability, Essay, and Maths. It is chiefly a computer-delivered, multiple-choice test.
GRE – Subject- Students can any one of the following subject Tests that help them determine success in specific fields. They are Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, English Literature, Psychology, etc; It is a paper-delivered test conducted 3times in a year in the months of September, October, and April.
Syllabus for GRE General Test
This section measures the students’ ability to analyze and evaluate the written material and extract information. It also analyses the relationship between the component parts of sentences, words, and concepts. There are three types of questions. They are
Reading Comprehension( 5 passages with 5question from each)
The topics covered under this section are
1. Parts of Speech: Noun, Verb, Adjectives, Adverbs, Preposition, Articles, etc;
2. Idioms and Phrases, Phrasal Verbs,
3. Pronoun agreement and Subject-verb concord.
4. Modifiers and Parallelism
Critical thinking and analytical writing skills of students are measured.
It assesses how the students are able to articulate their ideas and support their complex ideas, construct arguments, and sustain focussed and coherent discussions.
You need to write two essays. One is on analyzing the issue and another one is about analyzing an argument.
This section aims at measuring students’ ability to analyze, interpret and understand the quantitative information and solve problems using mathematical models and applying basic mathematical skills and elementary mathematical concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics.
List of topics covered under Quantitative Reasoning:
|Simple and Compound Interest
|Speed, distance and time
|Ratio and Proportion
|Profit and Loss
|Permutation and Combination
|Powers and Roots
|Pipes, cisterns, work, time,
|Lines and Angles
|Order of Operation
|Volume and surface Area
Syllabus for GRE Subject Test:
GRE subject test is an achievement test that measures the knowledge of students in a particular field of study. Questions are asked from the three years of an undergraduate degree in any one of the six disciplines namely Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Psychology, and English Literature.
There are 190 questions with five answer choices.
The content of the text is organized into three major areas: cellular and molecular biology, organismal biology and ecology, and evolution.
A number of questions are grouped in sets and are based on descriptions of laboratory, field situations, diagrams, or experimental results.
There are 130 multiple choice questions from 4 sections namely Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry.
Test questions are constructed to simplify mathematical manipulations. So there is a need of using calculators or logarithms.
There are 100 questions with 5 answer choices, some of which are grouped in sets and are based on formats like diagrams, graphs, and experimental data and descriptions of physical situations.
The following are the common topics in this section. They are Electromagnetism, Classical Mechanics, Optics and Wave Phenomenon, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Atomic Physics, and Special Relativity.
The test consists of around 66 multiple-choice questions from the topics Calculus and Algebra on a 50:50 basis.
There are 205 multiple-choice questions with 5 answers. Students have chosen the correct options.
Some of the stimulus materials such as the description of an experiment, the graph may serve as the basis for most of the questions
Literature in English
The test consists of 230 questions on drama, poetry, essays, novel, short story, biography, literary theory, criticism, the Bible, and history of the language.
The test draws on literature in English from the British Isles, the United States, and other parts of the world.
The test emphasizes authors, works, genres, and movements
The questions are classified as factual and analytical.
Weightage of questions is on the following distribution of topics:
S.No Literary Topic Percentage
Continental, Classical and Comparative Literature --- 5-10
American English 15-25
British Literature up to 1600 AD 25-30
British Literature from 1600 to 1925 25-35
American, British and world literature 20-3
Exam Pattern for GRE Computer-delivered Test
Section Number of Questions Duration
1.Analytical Writing 1. Analyzing an Issue 30 minutes
(2 sections) 2. Analyzing an Argument 30 minutes
2.Verbal Reasoning 25 questions per section 70 minutes
3.Quantitative Reasoning 25 questions per section 80 minutes
How to prepare for GRE?
Have a smart preparation plan and work accordingly.
Focus on how to approach each question and take practice tests and drills.
Keep a target score and compare your score in your practice tests.
Review your performance after your practice tests.
Build your vocabulary and form a strong baseline in GRE
GRE Score Rating:
165-179 ----- Excellent
155-164 …..Very Good
150- 154 ……Good
140-149 …….Need Improvement
Students whose scores ranging from 160 to 170 can aspire for applying to MBA or MS programs in TOP universities in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Newzealand, Singapore, and Germany.