What is the GRE ?

The GRE® General Test is a test for graduate school admission that measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills. The GRE exam is taken by students intended on earning a masters or doctorate in the U.S, and most graduate programs do require the GRE as part of the application. It is usually taken by college students of their last two years in their university career. The GRE is offered in most places around the world, including Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan and Korea.

Why is the GRE important?

The GRE exam is the only test that is recognized by both graduate schools and business schools worldwide. By extension, it helps you save money and offers more options in terms of what graduate programs you wish to seek.  Doing well on the test will help you gain entrance to top graduate programs, including business graduate programs.  Although you may be unsure of your post-graduate plans, taking the GRE will help you just in case if you decide to seek further education as the GRE results are valid for 5 years.

When are the GRE examinations held?

The GRE is offered 1 to 3 times a month.  Below is the link to the information of when the computer based GRE exams are held:

Where to register for the GRE?

You must create a GRE account to register for the GRE examination. Follow the instructions given after you create your account.  You can register via the following link:

Below is the link to the list of computer based test centers inside the United States, U.S. Territories, Puerto Rico and Canada:

Below is a link to the list of computer based test centers outside of the United States and Puerto Rico:

What GRE score is good enough?

Below are links that show you the average sample scores of different institutions in the United States.

Do keep in mind that not all graduate programs require the GRE exam.  Therefore, it is strongly recommended to check with the graduate schools that you are seeking admission to whether they require or recognize the GRE as an admission test.

The computer based GRE test has 3 sections: analytical writing, quantitative and verbal section.  The whole test will take approximately 3 hrs 45 minutes.

Sections Section Length Task Content Aim
Analytical Writing 75 minutes(30 minutes per each essay) 2 essays Presenting a perspective on an issue and analyze an argument Tests your ability to express ideas and thoughts concisely, and support claims using logical reasoning
Quantitative Two 35 minute sections 20 questions per each section Arithmetic, algebra, geometry , and data analysis Tests your ability to solve problems sing simple math concepts and to be able to use quantitative reasoning
Verbal Two 30 minute sections 20 questions per each section Sentence completion questions, analogies, antonyms, and reading comprehension Tests your ability to connection concepts and to draw conclusions by analyzing written texts


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