The GRE Test

The GRE Test (The Graduate Record Examination) or the GRE General Test is a multiple-choice, computer-based standardized exam for students applying for Master’s and Ph.D. studies in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to study in universities of USA and globally. Some universities also accept GRE scores for business (MBA) and law (J.D.) 

The GRE Test provides universities with a common measure for comparing candidates’ qualifications from all around the world. The GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate record, recommendation letters, and other qualification for graduate-level study.

The GRE is owned and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  

The GRE has 5 different sections. The highest score is 340 for Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning and 6 for Analytical Writing.

It takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes and has short breaks between different sections.

The GRE score is valid for 5 years.

The breakdown of the timing, tasks, and score range for each section of GRE:

     Sections    Number of Questions  Allotted   Time Score Range
Analytical Writing

  • One section with two separately timed tasks.
  • It will always appear first in test.
  • Analyze an Issue Task = 1
  • Analyze an Argument task = 1
30 minutes per task 0 to 6
Verbal Reasoning

  • Two Sections
  • Text Completion = 6
  • Sentence Equivalence = 4
  • Reading Comprehension = 10

Total of 20 questions per section

30 minutes per task 130 to 170
Quantitative Reasoning

  • Two Sections
  • Quantitative Comparison = 7-8
  • Problem Solving Questions = 12-13

Total of 20 questions per section

35 minutes per task 130 to 170
Unscored

  • May be either Verbal or Quantitative Reasoning
  • May appear at any point in the Exam.
Varies, as per the sections appeared. Varies, as per the sections appeared.  No scoring
 Research

  • Used for ETS research purposes
Varies, as per the sections appeared. Varies, as per the sections appeared.   No scoring
  • 10-minute break following the third section and 1-minute break between other test sections.
How to prepare for GRE?
A. Verbal Reasoning
I. Books and PDFs available for Verbal Reasoning.
  1. ETS official Books – They are the only official guide books for GRE written by ETS themselves. It is compulsory for GRE preparations.
  2. Kaplan Books
  3. 5 lb. Manhattan GRE Prep
  4. 1014 Practice Questions GRE by Princeton Review
  5. Barron’s GRE 6 Tests and Barron’s New GRE
  6. McGraw Hill 6 Tests
II. Vocabulary Builders
  1. Word Power Made Easy
  2. Barron’s 333 High-Frequency Words
  3. Barron’s 1100 words
  4. Magoosh GRE Flashcards
  5. The Economist Flashcards
  6. Vocabulary.com
  7. Quizlet.com
  8. Merriam Webster Dictionary
III. Reading Comprehension
  1. Articles from The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Economist, Scientific American.
  2. English Novels
  3. Magoosh Prep Videos
IV. Analytical Writing
  1. Visit the ETS website to know different topics about Issue writing and Argument writing and Practice them.
  2. Magoosh Prep Videos
B. Quantitative Reasoning
  1. ETS official Books – They are the only official guide books for GRE written by ETS themselves. It is compulsory for GRE preparations.
  2. 5 lb. Manhattan GRE Prep
  3. Nova Books
  4. Magoosh Prep Videos

Some useful Tips and Notes:

  • For average Nepalese students, more than 2000 new GRE words are necessary for excellent scores in Verbal Reasoning. Build up your vocabulary.
  • Make a habit of writing essays, stories, poems, or sentences from words you have learned. It bolsters your scores. You can share your articles through our Kaaphal Articles.
  • Usually, Quantitative Reasoning is easier for the students of STEM fields in comparison to Verbal Reasoning. But it does not mean that you should focus on only one section.
  • For undergraduates who want early GRE preparation start with Word Power Made Easy, a Novel, and make habit of reading articles from The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Economist, Scientific American.
  • Visit USEF-Nepal.
  • Give as many Mock Tests as you can, mimic a real situation before appearing for General Test Exam. Websites like kmf gre, ets, jamboree can be very resourceful. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. When to take GRE?
  • GRE test-prep experts say it’s safe to take the test a few months before their application deadlines to allow time to retake the exam if the score is low.
  • If your GRE score is low, you can retake the test after 21 days of the previous test.
  • For Engineering Students it is better to give the GRE soon after the final semester exam. And then you can go to professional fields to collect the experiences needed.
  • The GRE score is valid for 5 years.

2. How much do GRE scores matter?

  • This can vary from subject to subject and university to university.

For example, if you want to study Master’s in Engineering at Stanford University you need an Average Verbal score of 161 and an Average Quantitative score of 167 but to study Master’s in Education at the same university you need an Average Verbal score of 160 and an Average Quantitative score of 159.

  • It is a key factor for grad school admissions but it is not necessarily a deciding factor.

 3. What is needed to get admission to U.S. universities?

Although there are not any official demands from universities. But the following will bolster your chance of getting admission.

  • Good College grades
  • Good GRE & TOEFL scores.
  • Strong Letter of Recommendation and Statement of Purpose
  • Good educational projects
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Experiences in relative field

 4. How can you take the GRE date and what is the cost of the test?

  • You can register for an appropriate date from the ETS website.
  • The cost of the GRE in Nepal is $205. You can pay it from local banks.

 5. How is GRE scored?

  • GRE is a Multi-Stage Test. Your performance on the first section of the scored Verbal and Quant sections will determine the level of difficulty of subsequent Verbal and Quant sections.

 Example: If you perform well in the first Verbal section then the next Verbal section will be comparatively more difficult.

  • The number of questions you answered correctly is a raw score.
  • This raw score from each section is converted to a scaled score through the ‘equating’ process.
For more information:

USEF-Nepal

Educational Testing Service (ETS).  

 

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