GRE- Graduate Record Examination
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test that is required to be taken by students seeking admission in any of the graduate schools in the United States plus other English-speaking countries. It was created and administered by Educational Testing Service (or ETS) in the year 1949.
The exam tests verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills that do not concentrate on one particular field. The test is taken in subjects like maths, computers, biology, English, verbal and logical reasoning. Normally, GRE is taken as a computer- based exam but in some backward areas of world it is also taken on paper.
For admission into graduate schools the level of GRE scores varies from institutes to institutes. The emphasis of this score is from mere admission process up till the selection factor. The exam is so rigid that it effectively tests how efficient the student is. The GRE score is accepted by universities, online MBA programs and institutions of USA, Europe, Canada, Africa and Latin America for higher studies and research. The score is also considered by institutes to award scholarships, fellowships and financial aid. Many universities take their own written tests, interviews, essay test before providing final admission. Validity of scores is of five years.
The GRE test is not taken in field of medicine and law. The test is taken by ETS but they do not guarantee admission. For admission the student has to apply directly to the universities.
There are two areas in which test are taken up GRE general test and GRE subject test.
GRE General Test - The GRE General Test checks the candidates’ skills in the following areas-
- Verbal Reasoning
- Quantitative Reasoning
- Analytical Writing
GRE Subject Tests - The following testing areas are available under this category:
- Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
- Literature in English
- Computer Science