Graduate Record Examination (GRE ) is a standardized test conducted by Educational Testing Services (ETS) and an admission requirement for graduate schools in USA and Canada. ETS offers GRE General Test and GRE Subject tests in 8 disciplines like biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, biology, chemistry, computer science, English literature, mathematics, physics and Psychology.
The GRE General test focuses on measuring the verbal and quantitative reasoning skills, critical thinking and analytical writing ability of the test taker. Conducted at various test centers across the globe, the test is designed to assess academic knowledge and skills essential for graduate school programs.
It is a computer adaptive test (CAT) wherein the computer chose questions based on the performance of the test taker in previous problems thereby suiting the ability and knowledge of the candidate. The test comprises of a pool of questions arranged according to their difficulty level. The first set of questions thrown is of average difficulty level and if answered successfully the computer selects the next questions of greater difficulty. However, if the questions are answered incorrectly the computer moves to lower difficulty questions.
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The Verbal and Quantitative sections are graded on a scale of 140-170 in 10 point increments and the Analytical Writing section is graded on a scale of 0-6 in half- point increments.
The verbal and quantitative section scores can be viewed immediately after completion of the test and the scorecard is mailed within 20 days of the test. The registration fee includes sending official score reports to 4 graduate institutions of choice. For each additional score reporting the candidate has to pay USD 27.
The scores are valid for 5 years from the date of the test.
Registration for GRE can be done online atÂ www.ets.org using a credit card. The examination fee for GRE General Test is 205 USD and for GRE Subject Test is 180 USD. The rescheduling fee is 50US$.
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