The GRE is a standardized test that is accepted for admission to various disciplines at many graduate and business schools across the globe.

GRE 2018 is conducted in two modes: computer-based and paper-based formats. In addition to the GRE 2018 general test, there are seven GRE subject tests that evaluate candidates’ knowledge in their respective fields. Aspirants interested in pursuing a higher education, especially Master’s degree, specialised Master’s course, MBA or a PhD degree can appear for the GRE. It is conducted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), a US-based organisation. The GRE Test 2018 is available at over 1000 test centres in more than 160 countries.

It covers three major sections: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. While Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning are scored on a scale of 130 – 170, analytical writing is scored on a scale of 0-6.

GRE Fast Facts

Exam Name: GRE® General Test

Commonly Known as: GRE

Exam Level: International

Conducting Body: Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Number of Sections: Analytical Writing, Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning

Test typeGRE General (Aptitude) GRE Subject (Subjective)
GRE eligibility criteriaNo specific eligibility criteria to pursue postgraduate programmes
Test sectionsVerbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing
Test duration3 hours 45 minutes
GRE score130-170( per section) Analytical writing: 1-6

Here are major five steps that candidates should follow to register for GRE 2018:

  • Create an ETS account for GRE registration 2018
  • Select GRE test type- GRE General or GRE subject test
  • Set location and date for the GRE 2018
  • Fill academic background information required for GRE registration 2018
  • May payment through American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard or VISA
Paper-BasedGRE SectionsComputer-Based
DurationNo. of SectionsNo. of SectionsDuration
60 minutes2 Sections, 2 tasksAnalytical Writing1 Section, 2 tasks
60 minutes
70 minutes2 Sections, 50 questionsVerbal reasoning2 Sections, 40 questions60 minutes
80 minutes2 Sections, 50 questionsQuantitative Reasoning2 Sections 40 questions70 minutes

GRE 2018 Syllabus for General test is divided into three sections:

  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Analytical Writing

Quantitative Reasoning:

The Quantitative reasoning section of GRE 2018 tests the candidate’s comfort level of understanding and analyzing quantitative information. It also checks the candidate’s abilities to interpret quantitative information accurately. This section is test basic mathematics and concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data interpretation.

Verbal Reasoning:

The skills tested in the Verbal Reasoning section are Reading Comprehension, Text Completion and Sentence Equivalence. The questions are framed to understand a candidate’s analyzing skills along with ability to draw conclusions, understand and add value to partial information provided as well as identify the perception of the author. It also tests the candidate’s ability to identify vital points and differentiate between them. The section also aims to test the candidate’s skills with reference to understanding work relationships and concepts.

Analytical Writing:

In the Analytical Section, of GRE 2018, the candidate is required to understand and articulate ideas both simple and complex effectively. The section also expects the candidates to be able to support ideas with significant reasons and examples as well as examine claims and associated facts while able to maintain a rational and well-focused discussion.

MeasureGRE Scores
GRE Verbal Reasoning130–170, in 1 point increment
GRE Quantitative Reasoning130–170, in 1 point increments
GRE Analytical Writing0–6, in half-point increments

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