GRE - Graduate Record Examination
Many graduate and professional schools require applicants to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test. In addition, competitive graduate scholarships and fellowships often require a GRE test in order to apply. The test is offered year round, and all over the country, and is generally taken on a computer.
CBT - Computer Based Test
The GRE is a computer-based test. It is a computer-adaptive test (CBT); while the number of questions in any given section is fixed, the difficulty and scoring value of those questions varies according to the previous responses provided by the test-taker. Rather than having a fixed point value, questions of varied difficulty are used in order to 'zero in' on the level of question that represents the upper bound of the test-taker's ability. Because of the way in which the score value changes over the course of the test, early questions are much more important in determining the final score than those that appear near the end of a section.
Questions cannot be skipped or returned to.
The exam measures verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing skills that have been developed over a long period of time. Data shows that scores on the GRE General Test consistently predict graduate school students' grades and performance.
How GRE used by Institutions
In addition to an admission criterion, schools often use GRE scores to determine eligibility for merit-based grants and fellowships, as well as teaching and research assistantships. Many programs, especially those at large state schools, establish cutoff points for GRE scores to limit the application pool, while others use GRE scores to directly determine how much financial support you receive.
Investing time and effort in preparing for the GRE today can help you get into the grad school of your choice and can greatly increase your chances of getting financial aid.
ETS - Educational Testing Services
GRE is conducted and administered by ETS (USA).
ETS is a private, nonprofit organization devoted to educational measurement and research, primarily through testing. It develops and administers millions of achievement and admissions tests each year in the U.S. and 180 other countries. Its headquarters are located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey (with a Princeton, New Jersey, mailing address), and it also have offices in California, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.
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The GRE® General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study.
Verbal Reasoning — The skills measured include the test taker's ability to:
Quantitative Reasoning — The skills measured include the test taker's ability to:
- analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it
- analyze relationships among component parts of sentences
- recognize relationships between words and concepts
Analytical Writing — The skills measured include the test taker's ability to:
- understand basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis
- reason quantitatively
- solve problems in a quantitative setting
Sample Questions and Downloads
- articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
- examine claims and accompanying evidence
- support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
- sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
- control the elements of standard written English