GRE Exam 2024: Check Dates, Registration, Eligibility, Syllabus

By Prabhadri SumanUpdated On - 2023-12-24 13-28-39 IST

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Topics Covered:

  • Highlights For GRE Exam 
  • Eligibility Criteria for GRE Exam 
  • Registration Process For GRE General Test 
  • GRE Exam Fee 
  • GRE Exam Pattern and Syllabus
  • Differences between GRE General and GRE Subject Test
  • GRE Score Calculation for the Quant and Verbal Section
  • GRE Score Calculation for Analytical Writing
  • GRE Subject Test Score Calculation
  • How to get Exam Results?

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is a necessary and popular entryway exam that learners must pass in order to be accepted into a university program at the undergraduate or postgraduate level, particularly in English-speaking countries. This exam is administered by the Educational Testing Services (ETS), which is headquartered in New Jersey. The exam includes verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing, and lasts for 3 hours and 45 minutes. 

It is acknowledged by over 1500 universities around the world. Also, those wanting to pursue a postgraduate degree can take the GRE. It can be completed either virtually or in-person. Even though the virtual version of the exam can be taken from the convenience of one's home, some academic institutions may only accept scores from exams taken at an official test centre. This article will provide a comprehensive overview of the GRE Exam to aid learners in achieving a high score.

Highlights For GRE Exam 

Type of GRE test Subject Test and General test
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Analytical writing
  • Quantitative reasoning
No. of Questions
  • General Test: 82
  • Subject Test: 66 to 230
  • Verbal reasoning: 130-170
  • Analytical reasoning:  0-6
  • Quantitative reasoning: 130-170
Duration of test
  • General test: 3 hours and 45 minutes
  • Subject test: 2 hours and 50 minutes
Exam purpose
  • Admission in colleges offering MS
  • MBA 
  • Law, etc.

Eligibility Criteria for GRE Exam 

There is no limitation on the age of the aspirant to take the exam and they must have a bachelor's degree in any area of study. 

It is mandatory for candidates, and their guardians/parents to have a debit/credit card to pay the fee and the examination must be taken at least a period of 30-45 days prior to the application.

Registration Process For GRE General Test 

It is possible to register for the GRE general and subject test from any location and at any time. There are several ways to complete the GRE registration process online, including:

  • Website
  • Mail
  • Phone

GRE Exam Fee 

The cost for the GRE Subject Test and GRE General Test is not the same. Here is a breakdown of the fees for the GRE:

Types of GRE test GRE Fees in Indian Rupees
GRE General Test INR 22,550
GRE Subject Test INR 14,500
GRE Reschedule Fee INR 5,000
Changing the Test Center Fee INR 5,000
GRE Cancellation Fee NA
Score Reinstatement Fee INR 5,000
Score Review INR 5,900
Changing Your Subject Test INR 5,000
Additional Score Report INR 2,900
Returned payment INR 2,900

GRE Exam Pattern and Syllabus

The format for the general test and the subject test is distinct. People can either take the exam on the internet or in hard copy, depending on their preference. The portion of the GRE assessment has various segments and query types. The precise structure of the GRE exam is given below.

GRE exam section Total Questions Duration Sub-sections Question’s type
Analytical Reasoning 2 60 mins n/a
  • Analyzing argument and issue
Verbal Reasoning 40 60 mins
  • Comprehension
  • Articles
  • Idioms
  • Sentence correction
  • Antonyms 
  • Synonyms etc.                         
  • Comprehension
  • Completing text
  • Sentence equivalency
Quantitative Reasoning 40 70 mins
  • Profit & loss
  • Linear equations
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Quadratic equations
  • Sets theory
  • Stats
  • Lines and angles
  • Polygon
  • Percentage
  • Surface area
  • Triangle
  • Quadrilateral
  • Geometry
  • Speed, time and distance
  • Power and roots
  • Numeric entry questions
  • Comparison questions

GRE Subject Test

The GRE subject test is taken in-person three times a year, which differs from the general test. Subjects examined in the GRE subject test cover:

  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • English Literature
  • Psychology
  • Chemistry

Differences between GRE General and GRE Subject Test

Area GRE Subject Test GRE General Test
  • Single-subject test:
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • English Literature
  • Physics
  •  Verbal
  • Quant
  • Analytical
No. of Questions 66-230 82
Dates Exams are held thrice a year-Oct, Sept and April Conducted throughout the year
Mode Offline mode Online and offline mode
Fees INR 14,500 INR 22,550
Score Range 200-990 260-340
Duration 2 hours 50 minutes 3 hours 45 minutes

GRE Test Scores

The ultimate score achieved on the GRE is influenced by the quality of the attempt. The way GRE scores are calculated for the general test and the subject test differ from one another. Let us explore the details of GRE scores.

GRE Score Calculation for the Quant and Verbal Section

The GRE exam is evaluated based on how a person does on the verbal and quantitative components. Scores are determined by the number of correct answers to the questions posed. Two major factors that are taken into consideration while calculating the GRE score are the measures of each verbal and quantitative section. 

Computer-based tests are adaptive and can adjust the level of difficulty based on the performance of the test-taker in the first measure which has easier questions, while the second measure has more complex questions. It is important to note that your performance on the first measure determines the difficulty level of the second measure.

GRE Score Calculation for Analytical Writing

The GRE in September is easier to tackle than the exam in August. ETS does not disclose an obvious calculation of points, but they suggest that answering all questions correctly may result in a high score. Let us explore the method to calculate the analytical writing section of the GRE-

  • A trained evaluator reads the essay and grades it on a 0-6 scale
  • The ETS software e-rater evaluates the essay and gives a score based on different elements
  • If the e-rater and the human reader's scores are in agreement, the final score is determined by those two ratings
  • If there is a considerable discrepancy or any uncertainty, a second human reader is allocated to review the essay.

GRE Subject Test Score Calculation

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) subject test contains six subjects from which test-takers can select their preferred one. The score is determined using an equating method. For the biology section, the sub-score is derived from the accurate responses to each content. On the other hand, the subscore in the psychology and physics sections is determined by the right answers for each content and the entire sheet.

How to get Exam Results?

After taking the GRE exam, the results will show up in the ETS account within a two-week period. Individuals will be notified when the outcome is published. The GRE exam in India score report contains the following information: date of birth, contact details, gender, intended graduate major, GRE test score, rank, fellowship score, and total scores from the past five years.

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