Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
The GRE test is a standardised test that is an admission requirement for graduate level in the United States and is administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). The aim of this test is basically to measure the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills of a student.
For more than 60 years, GRE scores have been used by admissions and fellowship panels at thousands of graduate programs around the world to supplement the applicant’s undergraduate grades and other qualifications for graduate studie.
Role of ICD in GRE
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Who can take this test?
The applicants of graduate and business school from all around the world who are interested in pursuing a master’s, MBA, specialized master’s in business, J.D. degree, or doctoral degree take the GRE General Test.
GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study.
Where it is accepted?
Thousands of graduate schools, including business and law, as well as departments and divisions within these schools accept the GRE general test.
See the list of institutions and fellowship sponsors approved to receive GRE scores.
The following sections measures your ability in different way:
Helps to analyse the conclusion of incomplete data; identify author’s assumptions and understand different levels of literal, figurative and author’s intent
Recognise quantitative information
Complex ideas are expressed clearly affectively and ideas are thoroughly supported with accurate reasons and example
Distinguish relevant points; summarize text and understand the structure of a text
Mathematical models are used to solve the problems
Examine claims and accompanying evidence.
Also sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
Make sure the meaning of words, sentences, concept of words and whole text is understandable
Elementary concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis and basic skills are applied
*This section will include an onscreen calculator
Elements of standard written English are controlled
*The Analytical Writing section requires you to provide focused responses based on the tasks presented, so you can accurately demonstrate your skill in directly responding to a task.
- Structure of the Computer-delivered Test
|Measure||Number of Questions||Allotted Time|
(One section with two separately timed tasks)
|One “Analyze an Issue” task and one “Analyze an Argument” task||30 minutes per task|
|20 questions per section||30 minutes per section|
|20 questions per section||35 minutes per section|
The overall testing time for the computer- delivered GRE® General Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.
General ID Document Requirements
- Each document must be an originaldocument; photocopied documents are not acceptable and documents cannot be presented on a cell phone or any other electronic device
- government-issuednational/state/province identity card is acceptable
- be valid; expired documents are not acceptable
- Documents should have your first and last nameexactly similar to registered name for the test. If it doesn’t not bear your first name, it will not be accepted
- Documents must include a recent, recognizable photograph
- All documents should include your signature(the name and signature on the ID document must match)
- Draft classification card , International driver’s license, credit/debit card of any kind, Notart- prepared letter or document or Birth certificate will not be accepted as primary or supplementary ID under any circumstances
- Birth certificate
- Social security card
- Employee ID card
- Temporary ID (excluding driver’s license, resident card and employment authorization card renewals)
- Diplomatic, consulate or embassy ID card
- Any document that is not recognized by a government agency
Unable to Meet ID Requirements
If you are in any case unable to meet the identification requirements, you must contact the ETS Office of Testing Integrity (OTI) at least seven days before registering to test. You must receive approval from OTI before you may register. You should also be prepared to submit any requested documents to OTI for review prior to receiving approval. If you do not contact OTI before you register, and as a result you are not permitted to test or your test scores are withheld, your test fees will not be refunded.
ETS Office of Testing Integrity (OTI)
1-800-750-6991 (United States, U.S. Territories and Canada)
1-609-406-5430 (all other locations)
Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. ET
ID verification during check-in at the test center may include:
- Biometric voice and photo identification
- Fingerprinting/thumb printing
- Signature comparison
If you refuse to participate, you may not be permitted to test and you will forfeit your test fees. This is in addition to the requirement that you must present acceptable and valid identification.
Test Center Procedures and Regulations
- Dress so that you can adapt to any room temperature.
- You must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled testing time. If you arrive late, you may not be admitted and your test fee will be forfeited.
- Food, beverages and tobacco are not allowed in the testing room.
- Weapons and firearms are not allowed in the test center.
- If you have health-related needs that require you to bring equipment, beverages or snacks into the testing room or to take extra or extended breaks, you need to follow the accommodations request procedures described in the GRE®Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs (PDF).
- The test administrator will assign you a seat.
- You are required to remain in the test center building. It is your responsibility to ask the test administrator for permission to leave the test center vicinity — for example, to go to the nearest restroom. If you leave the test center without permission, you may be dismissed, your test fees may be forfeited, and your scores may be canceled.
- Test-related information written on clothing, shoes, ID documents or on any parts of the body is prohibited.
- Friends or relatives who accompany you to the test center will not be permitted to wait in the test center or be in contact with you while you are taking the test. Except for ETS-authorized observers, visitors are not permitted in the testing room while testing is in progress.
- The testing session will be actively monitored by test center staff. This includes staff walking around and entering and leaving the testing room.
Note: ETS reserves the right to take appropriate action and/or notify appropriate authorities including, but not limited to, law enforcement authorities, if a test taker responds in a threatening or disturbing way to essay questions or communicates with ETS either verbally or in writing in a threatening or disturbing manner.
For Computer-delivered Tests Only
The following procedures and regulations apply during the entire test session, which begins at sign-in, ends at sign-out and includes breaks.
- If you requested and received an authorization voucher from ETS, you must take it with you to the test center.
- Plan to be at the test center up to four and one-half hours.
- You will be required to write and sign a confidentiality statement at the test center. If you do not complete and sign the statement, you cannot test and your test fees will not be refunded.
- ETS reserves the right to ensure the security of test content by using electronic detection scanning devices (e.g., hand-held metal detectors/wands). Failure to comply may result in dismissal from the test and forfeiture of your test fees.
- You may be required to sign the test center log before and after the test session and any time you leave or enter the testing room.
- You will be asked to remove your watch and to store it during the test administration. Watches are not allowed in the testing room.
- The test administrator will provide you with scratch paper for use during the test. Scratch paper is not to be used before the test or during breaks. All paper, in its entirety, must be returned to the test center administrator at the end of the testing session. If you are observed using any document or paper other than the scratch paper given to you by test center staff, it will be confiscated. You may not bring your own paper and you may not remove any paper from the testing room at any time, or write on anything other than the paper provided (e.g., computer or workstation).
- The GRE General Test uses a standard English-language (QWERTY) computer keyboard. It takes its name from the first 6 letters in the third row of the keyboard. If you haven’t used this kind of keyboard before, practice on one before test day to become familiar with it.
- If at any time during the test you have a problem with your computer, or for any reason need the administrator, raise your hand.
- Testing premises are subject to videotaping.
- The GRE General Test includes an optional 10-minute break after the third section and one-minute breaks between the remaining sections of the test. These break times cannot be exceeded. You are required to remain in the test center building or in the immediate area. You are not permitted to go outside the test center building unless it is to use the restroom during the test administration, including breaks.
- If you need to leave your seat at any time other than the break, raise your hand; timing of the section will not stop.
- You will have access to an on-screen calculator during the Quantitative Reasoning sections. Personal calculators are not permitted in the testing room.
- At the end of the test, you will be given the option to report or cancel your scores. If you choose to report your scores, those scores will become a part of reportable history and cannot be canceled. Although you have the option to cancel your scores, consider very carefully before doing so because the score reporting choices available with the ScoreSelect®option allow you to report only the scores that you feel reflect your personal best. Your scores will be reported to GRE score recipients only at your request. If you choose to report your scores, you will be able to view your unofficial Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores at the test center. Because of the essay scoring process, you will not be able to view your Analytical Writing scores at the test center.
- Test centers cannot provide printed copies of unofficial score reports.
- After you view your scores at the end of the test, you will be asked to designate your score recipients and choose the ScoreSelectoption regarding which scores should be reported (Most Recent or All scores). If an institution is not listed, ask the test center administrator for the appropriate form to indicate unlisted institutions. Complete the form and turn it in before you leave the test center. The form will not be accepted after you leave the test center.
Your ETS Account
In order to register for the test, view your scores, and access other services, you’ll need an ETS Account. Prior to creating your account, be sure to review important information about The Name You Use When Registering, including what to do if you have a name change.
See the video on how to register for a GRE test.
- You need to create or have an ETS Account to register online. Watch a quick video on how to create your ETS Account. (Read transcript)
- Register at least two business days before your preferred test date.
- VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, China Union Pay, Diners Club International, and JCB credit/debit cards are accepted. Payment by e-check (drawn against U.S. bank accounts only), PayPal and voucher numbers are also accepted.
- If you are paying with a paper check or money order, you will need to request a GRE General Test Authorization Voucher by mail.
- Online registration is not available for test takers with disabilities or health-related needs. Please see Disability Accommodations.
ETS reserves the right to add or delete payment options at its own discretion and without notice.
After Your Registration Has Been Processed
- You will receive a confirmation email from ETS that confirms your test choice, test date, test center and score recipients. To correct personal data, or to add, delete or change score recipients, contact GRE Servicesby the Friday before your registered test date.
- You may be asked to provide a biometric voice sample and photo. If you refuse to participate, you may not be permitted to test and you will forfeit your test fees.