GRE ( GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION )
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The Graduate record Examination is a standardized test which is an admissions requirement for most graduate schools in the US. GRE is owned and administered by ETS(Educational Testing Service) which created this in 1949.
Analytical writing, quantitative reasoning, and verbal reasoning are the skills tested here. The score of GRE is used by most graduate schools in the US and few other European countries. The validity of GRE score is 5 years.
GRE is mainly written by students who require admissions to Masters and Doctoral degree programs in various universities.
The purpose of each GRE exams is to help graduate schools to decide if you have the required skills for their program.
The GRE test is divided into three main sections:
- Analytical writing
- Quantitative reasoning
- Verbal reasoning
Analytical writing section is always presented first, the other two sections may appear in any order and may include unscored and research sections with questions that are being considered for use in future tests.
You can take GRE exam on paper or on a computer. GRE testing time will vary depending on which version of the test you take; but plan to set aside at least three hours. If you are planning to take the paper based version of GRE, plan to spend a bit more time in the test center.
For the first part of Analytical writing, you must read a paragraph on a general issue and the address that topic for the next 45 minutes. Your ability to support your views with sound reasons and examples are key elements to complete this section.
The second essay of GRE, asks you to read and critique an argument. You’ll have 30 minutes to complete this essay. You don’t need to agree or disagree with the statement. You just have to analyze it and convey your reasoning clearly through your written response.
VERBAL SECTION OF GRE
Verbal section of GRE includes things like sentence completions, analogies, antonyms, and reading comprehension questions. The purpose is to test your ability to form conclusions from written materials and to determine relationships between different parts of sentences.
If you take GRE on a computer, expect to answer 30 questions within 30 minutes. On the paper version, there are two segments each 30 minutes long and each with 38 questions.
QUANTITATIVE SECTION OF GRE
Here your math skills are tested. Start honing your knowledge in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis. This part tests your skill at solving different varieties of math problems, as well as to analyze your ability to use quantitative reasoning.
For the computer version, you’ll need to answer 28 questions in 45 minutes, but on the paper version you’ll have two-30 minutes segments each with 30 questions.