The GRE Examination is an international standardized examination necessary for admission to graduate schools in the United States, Canada, as well as to some universities in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Education Testing Services (ETS) prepare and administer the GRE which is in the form of an online test in most countries. The General Test and Subject Tests are two forms of GRE examination and around 6 lakh students from all over the world take up this test annually. GRE is considered as a qualifying examination primarily for admission to the post-graduation programs.  We will talk about the GRE qualification, application, syllabus, pattern, outcome, etc. in this article to help you better understand this test.

Courses Accepting GRE Score

GRE is a widely accepted examination and is globally recognized as a standardized examination. The GRE score is considered by most prestigious universities to be one of the admission requirements and is a mandatory prerequisite for a student who aspires to join these top universities. More than 1000 institutes worldwide, including some Indian universities like IITs (Ph.D.), IIMs (for FPM), accept the GRE score.

GRE Examination Pattern

There are two types of GRE Tests

  1. GRE General Test
  2. GRE Subject Test

GRE General Exam: This test can be given by an applicant who has graduated in any stream, often by engineering students for admission to MS programs and students for admission to other programs in the humanities and sciences. In this, Quantitative aptitude, verbal reasoning, logical reasoning, and critical writing skills are tested. The exam is 340 marks in total and each section is 170 marks.


GRE Subject Exam: The student’s comprehension of a specific subject is evaluated in this test. This test is carried out three times a year and only takes place in a paper-based format. The test is conducted for a total of six subjects, which include Physics, Genetics, Chemistry, Psychology, Mathematics, and Literature.

GRE Sections & Structure

In this section, we will be discussing the sections and the overall structure of the General GRE test, for knowing more about the syllabus, visit the syllabus page. For information on the Subject Test, visit the official website.

The General Test is carried out in two ways. The first is the written form, and the second is the computer-based test. A written examination is performed in centers where there is no internet access. The length of this test is 3 hours 45 minutes and consists of six parts.

Paper-based exam: Two subsections in each of the main categories are included in the paper-based exam: Theoretical Writing, Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning. There are two tasks for 30 mins each (60 minutes total) in the Analytical Writing portion. Two sections and 50 questions each for Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning, with a maximum time limit of 60 and 70 minutes, respectively. In the paper-based test, the variable parts of Unscored and Research are not included.

Computer-based exam: Each of these sections is further divided into two sub-sections of forty questions in total for the computer-based pattern (Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning). There is only one segment of Analytical Writing that includes two tasks with a length of one hour. There are two other sections, apart from these main sections, included in the computer-based pattern exam. These two variable sections, however, are not included in the final GRE Scores- Unscored and Research section.

How to prepare for GRE Examination?

Choose the correct study material: Selecting the right study material for the preparation of any subject is an important thing. Then begin with the simple books to review your concepts if you are taking this test for the first time. The GRE Official Guide is the best content in the industry. ETS publishes the Official Guide and it has questions from previous tests. There is also a Verbal and Quants Guide by ETS available on the market, apart from the Official Guide, which you can buy after you have completed the Official Guide.

Depending on your planning, choose your test date: do not be in a rush to take the exam. First, you can estimate the time you need to study for the exam and pick and schedule the date of the examination accordingly. It will usually take a student about 4 months to prepare for the test, including practicing mocks.

Mock Test or Practice Test: Taking a test from would be a good idea before you begin your preparation. The test will give you a clear understanding of the pattern of the test and the examination structure. If you completed the basic books, before you go for the final test, then it would be a good idea to practice at least 6-8 mocks. The mocks will help you fill the gaps in your preparation and give you a fair understanding of the score levels you can reach in the final test with most mocks on the market.

How to apply?

Candidates wishing to register for the test should follow the steps listed below after logging on to the GRE official website.

Alternate methods to register

In addition to online registration, candidates can register using the following methods.


Mail Registration

Print and complete the Application Form and submit it along with the required fee to the following address-
Prometric, 2nd floor, DLF Infinity Tower–A
Sector 25, Phase II, DLF City, Gurgaon,
Haryana – 122002, India

The form must be submitted at least three weeks before the earliest GRE test date of your choosing. You will be emailed, faxed, or mailed a confirmation number, reporting time, and the test center address.


Phone Registration

Call the Regional Registration Center (RRC), which is ‘Prometric’ located in Gurgaon, Haryana. The phone number is 91-124-4147700. The call must be made at least two business days before your preferred test date.


Fax Registration

Print and complete the Application Form and send it to 91-124-4147773 with the exam fee. The form must be received at least seven days before your first choice of the test date.


A student can write the examination 5 times over a period of 12 months.

The score is valid for 5 years. Validity of the score means that a student can get his score verified through ETS for 5 years. Validity does not necessarily mean that a college may accept a 5 year old score. There are many colleges like SP Jain (India) which only considers maximum of two year old score.

A student can sit for a re-take once in 21 days. Which means after having written the exam once, the student needs to wait for at least 21 days before he can write the exam again.

The GRE is scored out of 340. The scores range from 260-340, with a maximum score of 170 marks per segment. A score of 315-315 would be considered as an average score, whereas 316-320 would be above average, 321-325 would be good, 326-330 excellent and 330+ and outstanding score.  The Analytical Writing section scores are in increments of 0.5 points, and it is graded separately. A score of 4.5 and above would be sufficient to clear most university cut-offs for the masters programs.

Any person above the age of 18 years having a valid passport as proof of identity can take this test in India. There is no upper age limit for taking the test. 

GRE syllabus covers the syllabus of Essay Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning.

The detailed syllabus can be found in the link: GRE Syllabus

$205 is the GRE General Test fee, while the fee for the Subject Test is $150. Furthermore, there will be an extra fee of $25 in the case of late registration. An applicant has to pick a chosen date from the available slots at the time of registration and schedule their test. 

Yes, applicants can request a slot change for a fee of $50 and reschedule the exam to another available slot.