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About the GRE

Whether you are planning to go to graduate school or business school - or just exploring your options - the GRE is an important step toward your future. It is a smart move to show schools your best and with the GRE® revised General Test, you can!

The GRE revised General Test gives you the Power of Confidence to help you do your best. With the GRE revised General Test, you decide which scores to send to schools. If you feel you didn't do your best on test day, that's okay. You can retake the test and then send only the scores you want schools to see. It's all part of the ScoreSelect® option, only available with GRE® tests.

The GRE revised General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you'll do in graduate or business school.

  • Verbal Reasoning — Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.
  • Quantitative Reasoning — Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
  • Analytical Writing — Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.


Who Takes the GRE?
Prospective graduate and business school applicants from all around the world who are interested in pursuing a master's, MBA, specialized master's in business or doctoral degree take the GRE revised General Test. Applicants come from varying educational and cultural backgrounds and the GRE revised General Test provides schools with a common measure for comparing candidates' qualifications.

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

Who Accepts the GRE?
The GRE revised General Test is accepted at thousands of graduate and business schools as well as departments and divisions within these schools.

When and Where Do People Take the GRE?
The GRE revised General Test is available at more than 850 test centers in more than 160 countries. In most regions of the world, the computer-delivered test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year. In areas of the world where computer-delivered testing is not available, the paper-delivered test is available up to three times a year in October, November and February.

What topics are on the GRE?
Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing

What is the timing for the sections on the GRE?
The GRE consists of a 75-minute Analytic section with two essays, two 30-minute Verbal sections and two 35-minute Quantitative sections. There's also a 30-minute experimental section that can be either math or verbal.

Are calculators allowed on the GRE?
You may use the calculator that is provided with the test.

How is the GRE scored?
Verbal and Quantitative scores are from 130 to 170 in one-point increments.

How do I register for the GRE?
You may register online.

About GRE Exam Prep

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