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Developed and Conducted by Educational Testing Service (ETS)-a subsidiary of the Graduate Record Examination Board of the U.S.A, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a common prerequisite for all Graduate School applicants. The scores of this standardized, computer adaptive format. The scores provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants and aid in evaluating grades and recommendations. GRE General Test: Generally taken by prospective graduate students, this test measures Verbal reasoning, Analytical and Critical Writing and Quantitative Reasoning skills of a candidate. These days GRE is being considered for Top colleges in Germany and UK.

GRE Test Format

Total time allotted for the Computer-adaptive GRE test is 3 hours. Writing section always appears first in the test, followed by the Verbal and Quantitative sections in any order. If there is a Research section, it always appears at the end of the test.

Test format for computer-based test:

[1] It comprises of Analytical Writing section wherein candidates have to choose one of the two essay topics as their Issue Task and complete the same within 45 minutes. The Analytical Writing section then requires candidates to answer One Argument Task within 30 minutes.
[2]This Analytical Writing section is followed by a 30 minute Verbal reasoning section with 30 questions
[3] Finally followed by another 30 minute section comprised of 28 Quantitative reasoning questions.
The Quant's section will have two different type of questions. Quant comparison and Problem solving questions.

Syllabus for Quantitative & Verbal

Data interpretive questions

Verbal Section:

Analogies (8-10 Questions)
Antonyms (6-8 Questions)
Sentence completion (6-8 Questions)
Reading Comprehension (2-4 Passages )

GRE Scoring Format

GRE is conducted for a total of 1600 marks with the marks distributed equally for Verbal (800)l and Quantitative Sections(800). Whereas for Analytical writing section is scored in range of 0-6 points. Where "0" being the least and "6" being the best.

Top 15 Colleges in USA with their Web address

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stanford University
University of California- Berkeley
University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Cornell University
University of Texas at Austin
University of Maryland - College park
University of California - San Diego
California Institute of Technology
University of Wisconsin- Madison
University of California Los Angles
Harvard University
Carnegie Mellon University
Princeton University

** GRE can be taken only 5 times a year and once a calendar month. If the tests are exceeded more than 5 times a year the scores will not be considered for further attempts. GRE scores are valid for 5 years. CBT (Computer Based Test) is the only format available in INDIA. **

New GRE Coming 2011...

It's been a long time coming. In 2004 GRE announced changes to take effect in 2006. In 2006 they announced the changes were to take place in 2007. In 2007 the proposed changes to the GRE were cancelled.

Now GRE has announced a revised GRE to take effect in 2011.

New GRE Highlights -

The Three Sections:

Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing

Verbal Changes

- No more antonyms and analogies and a statement that vocabulary will no longer be tested;
- More reading and reasoning questions
- Grading scale from 130 to 170

Quantitative Changes

- Calculators allowed
- Questions that test reasoning skills and not memorization

Analytical Writing Changes

- Less clear (More difficult than before)

General Test Changes

- The scoring scale will be changed to a 130 - 170 scoring scale
- Test takers are no longer required to answer the questions in order (presumably the test will not be computer adaptive)