The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is obligatory for most graduate schools in the United States of America. Educational Testing Service (ETS) non-profit organization created it and is its governing body, the exam intents to calibrate quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, critical thinking and verbal reasoning skills that have been accrued over a long period of time and that are not linked to any specific department of study. The GRE is a computer-based exam supervised at Prometric testing centers around the globe.In the graduate school admissions process, the level of attention that is given upon GRE scores diverge widely between schools and their departments. The prominence of a GRE score can differ from merely being an admission formality to an important selection factor.

GRE test is categorized into two types. The GRE General Test evaluates quantitative reasoning, analytical writing , critical thinking and verbal reasoning skills – the skills required in today’s challenging graduate and business school programs – as well as the GRE Subject Test that measures knowledge of a particular field of study helping students stand out from other applicants by emphasizing their knowledge and skill level in a specific subject.


The overall testing time for the computer-delivered GRE® revised General Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.

Structure of the Computer-delivered Test

Measure Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing
(One section with two separately timed tasks)
One “Analyze an Issue” task and one “Analyze an Argument” task 30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning
(Two sections)
20 questions per section 30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning
(Two sections)
20 questions per section 35 minutes per section
Unscored¹ Varies Varies
Research² Varies Varies

¹ An unidentified unscored section that does not count toward your score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. Questions in the unscored section are being tried out either for possible use in future tests or to ensure that scores on new editions of the test are comparable to scores from earlier editions.

² An identified research section that does not count toward your score may be included in place of the unscored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test. Questions in this section are included for ETS research purposes.

The Analytical Writing section will always be first. The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and unidentified/unscored sections may appear in any order; therefore, you should treat each section as if it counts toward your score.

Test Design Features

The advanced adaptive design of the GRE revised General Test allows you to freely move forward and backward throughout an entire section. Specific features include:

  • Preview and review capabilities within a section
  • “Mark” and “Review” features to tag questions, so you can skip them and return later if you have time remaining in the section
  • The ability to change/edit answers within a section
  • An on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section

Fees for the GRE® revised General Test and Related Services

Fees are stated in U.S. dollars. Fees effective January 5, 2015.

Standard Test Administration  
GRE® revised General Test — worldwide $195


Special Handling Requests  
Late registration fee (paper-delivered test online registration only) $25
Standby testing (paper-delivered test only) $50
Rescheduling fee $50
Changing your test center $50


Test Preparation  
POWERPREP® II, Version 2.2 Software: Preparation for the Computer-delivered GRE revised General Test FREE
Practice Book for the Paper-based GRE® revised General Test, Second Edition(PDF) FREE
Math Review (PDF) FREE
Math Conventions (PDF) FREE
GRE® Success Starter: The Test Maker’s Guide to Doing Your Best (Video) $7
The Official Guide to the GRE® revised General Test, Second Edition (available in paperback, with CD and eBook versions; also available at many bookstores) $38*
Official GRE® Guide Mobile App $4.99
NEW! Official GRE® Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions, Volume One(available in paperback and eBook versions, also available at many bookstores) $20*
NEW! Official GRE® Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions, Volume One(available in paperback and eBook versions, also available at many bookstores) $20*
ScoreItNow!™ Online Writing Practice for the GRE revised General Test $20


Scoring Services  
View Scores Online FREE
GRE® Diagnostic Service FREE
Print Official Examinee Score Report Online FREE
Additional Score Reports (ASR) — per recipient $27
Question-and-Answer review service — Verbal Reasoning & Quantitative Reasoning sections only $50
Score Review for Analytical Writing measure $60
Score Review for Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures (Paper-delivered tests only) $50
Score Reinstatement Fee $50


Tools for Success  
GRE® Search Service Candidate Profile Listing FREE
ETS® Personal Potential Index (ETS® PPI) Evaluation Report, first four reports when combined with GRE revised General Test registration FREE
Additional ETS PPI Evaluation Reports, per report $20

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Q. Which graduate and business school institutions accept GRE® scores?
A. See the complete list of institutions (PDF) using GRE scores and their official ETS code number.

Q. Which MBA programs accept GRE scores?
A. Business schools worldwide accept GRE scores for their MBA, specialized master’s and other doctoral business programs, including many top-ranked programs.

Q. Does admission in universities depend only on GRE® scores?

A. It is one of the various criteria that the admission council looks at. However, a good GRE® score does improve your chances of getting admission and financial aid.Q. Does one have to be a graduate for taking the GRE®?
A. Anybody can take the GRE exam irrespective of their educational qualification. But you have to be a graduate to start your Masters Program.

Q. Do business schools have a test preference?
A. No, most of the MBA programs view GRE and GMAT scores equally.

Q. What level of math content is included in the test?
A. It uses the foundations of high school math to test quantitative reasoning.

Q. How do I register for the computer-delivered test?
A. You can register for the computer-delivered test online, by phone, by mail or fax.

Q. What if I need to change or cancel the date or location of my test?
A. You must change or cancel your test registration no later than four days before your test date or your test fee will be forfeited. If you reschedule your test date, you will be charged a rescheduling fee of US$50. If you cancel your test within the time period indicated above, you will receive a refund equivalent to half of your original test fee.

Q. What happens if I want to cancel the GRE® test score?
A. After taking the exam you are given the choice of cancelling your score without seeing it. If you choose to do so the score is lost forever but it gets reported on all subsequent score charts that you had cancelled an exam.

Q. How often can I retake the test?
A. You can take the test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days). This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously.

Q. Can I use a calculator on the test?
A. The computer-delivered GRE revised General Test includes an on-screen calculator. The calculator has four functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and a square root.

Q. Will I see my scores at the test center when I take the computer-delivered test?
A. You will see your unofficial scores for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures at the test center. But you will not be able to view your Analytical Writing score at the testing center. Your official scores will be available in your My GRE Account.

Q. How do I send my scores to an institution?
A. Your test fee entitles you to request that scores be sent to as many as four graduate institutions or fellowship sponsors at no additional cost.

Q. When will my official scores be reported after testing?
A. Your official scores will be available in your My GRE account and sent to the institutions you designated approximately 10–15 days after your test date.

Q. Can I view my scores online?
A. Yes. Once your official scores are reported, you will receive an email from ETS indicating you can view your scores online free of charge through your My GRE Account.

Q. How can I get an official Examinee Score Report?
A. If you wish to have a paper copy of your official Examinee Score Report, you may use the print functionality in your My GRE Account to print a copy of your official score report.

Q. How long are GRE scores valid?
A. GRE scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested (July 1–June 30). Currently, scores earned from July 1, 2010, to the present are available.

Q. Do I need to have the GRE® score at the time of applying to universities?
A. Yes, you need to have the GRE® score with you at the time of applying. You need not have the AWA score.

Q. How do I order additional score reports?
A. There are three easy ways to order ASRs: online, by mail or by fax and a fee is charged.