GRE is Graduate Record Examination conducted by English Testing Service (ETS).

A perquisite test for admission to MS program in US.

GRE is computer Adaptive Test (CAT) in which each question is chosen based on whether you answered the previous question correctly.

Test Sections
Verbal Section

Verbal questions are designed to test how well you understand the written word. Your ability to read carefully and to think about what you read is crucial to your success in college.

This section consists of 30 questions to be answered in 30 minutes time.

Type of questions included are:

Sentence Completion
Reading Comprehension

Quantitative Section

The Quantitative Section tests Basic Math skills, understanding Math concepts and reasoning skills.

Type of questions include

Graph problems
Problem Solving
Quantitative Comparison

This section consists of 28 questions to be answered in 45 minutes time.

Analytical Writing Section.

Consists of two analytical writing tasks.

A 45 min "present your perspective on Issue" task
A 30 min "analyze an Argument" task

The AWA is designed as a direct measure of your ability to think critically and to communicate your ideas. More specifically, the analysis of an Issue task tests your ability to explore the complexities of an Issue or opinion.

The analysis of an Argument task tests your ability to formulate an appropriate and constructive critique of a specific conclusion based upon a specific line of thinking.

The graduate schools can on the basis of the Analytical Writing Essays differentiate among candidates who present otherwise similar credentials.


The score is valid for 5 years.

Verbal score reported on a scale of 200-800
A quantitative score reported on a scale of 200-800
An Analytical Writing Score reported on a scale of 0-6 with half point increments

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