What is GRE
GRE has been revised and is also known as GRE revised General Test. When you would be taking a test now, it will be GRE revised General Test. The revised GRE is effective from 1 August 2011. One of the major changes in the revised GRE is the multistate design. It lest you skip question, come back and answer them later and even change your answers. That is the biggest advantage you can have over GRE tests.
The GRE score is valid for 5 years. However, it is recommended not to keep score older for more than 2 years. Old GRE ended in 2011 but your score is valid till 2016 .
Scores older than 2 years is considered with less importance by Universities. Hence, it is best to plan to take the test one year before you plan to go for your Masters. It gives you sufficient time for application processes at various universities as well.Universities and colleges will be accepting the old GRE score without discrimination.
They use a standard to convert your old score to new.
GRE scores are used in admission by universities and colleges along with your undergraduate records or bachelor’s degree, recommendation letters and other qualifications.
GRE revised general test has two types of exam.
Computer based GRE test
The total test duration for computer based GRE is 3 hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section
Detail of the Computer based GRE can be found at Structure of Computer Based GRE.
Paper based GRE is available only to very few countries. Most of the countries it is Computer based test. In this site , whenever we mention GRE, GRE test structure, it will be computer based GRE. Details of the Paper based GRE test can be found here:
The structure of both the tests is different. Depending on which country you are from, you will be either offered computer based exam or paper based exam. Type of exam offered by your country can be found from IELTS site
When do you need a GRE?
When applying for admissions to universities, you will need a GRE or GMAT, depending upon what the college or university accepts. For international students applying to US universities, you will need a TOEFL or IELTS along with GRE or GMAT score to apply for admissions.
Even if you have completed your bachelors in USA, are a US citizen or resident, you will need a GRE to get admissions for Masters or Graduation for most the colleges.
Do all questions carry the same weightage in the revised GRE?
In a word – yes. Every question on the revised GRE – no matter what the type – carries the same weightage.
Fees for GRE exam
Rescheduling fees or to change your test center is additional $50.
Using a calculator in a GRE exam
For online GRE exam, an on screen calculator is provided for the Quantitative Reasoning section
GRE or GMAT
But GRE is not just for Masters course any more. There are hundreds of colleges which accept GRE scores for MBA admissions. One of the reasons for GRE scoring to move to a new system was that colleges should be able to easily plug into their system the GRE score and zero in on the candidate. Here is the list of the colleges that accept the GRE scores into their MBA programs.
Even Harvard Business School accepts GRE scores for the admission to its MBA programs
Do you require TOEFL along with GRE
|Undergraduate / Bachelors||SAT||This is a 4 year course you will do after finishing your high school|
|Graduate/masters||GRE||If you want to do Masters or PhD, GRE will be required|
|MBA||GRE/GMAT||GMAT is required for doing MBA although some MBA colleges accept GRE scores|
For an international student, TOEFL is always a mandatory requirement. The terminologies on courses different in US as to what the international student might be used to. Please refer to this graduate courses in USA
TOEFL or IELTS
TOEFL and IELTS are both English language proficiency tests for students coming in from non-English-speaking countries. US universities prefer TOEFL because it does a much better job of assessing a student’s proficiency in the English language. You could do your IELTS as well if you prefer. But admissions officers in US universities overwhelmingly prefer TOEFL scores.
If English is not your first language, prepping for your GRE can be daunting. However, it doesn’t have to be if you take it step by step and take full advantage of all the resources available to you – both paid and free, in the real world and the virtual. Look for classes close to you. If that’s not an option, then consider online GRE prep courses, as well as free practice test for GRE and books for GRE prep.
Online Resources for GRE prep
There is no dearth of resources when it comes to GRE prep. You’ll find several forums for GRE, iPhone apps for GRE prep, Android apps for GRE prep, and even Facebook pages for GRE. Almost all these resources are free and offer extensive practice opportunities, which is crucial to hone your language skills.
Your GRE score is just one of the many factors that will decide which universities you can get into. As we have already seen, some universities will require a certain minimum GRE score while it will not hold so much weight with others. If you already know the universities you want to get into, it is highly recommended that you check GRE score requirements directly with the university rather than refer to a third-party resource as the number may change over time. However, if you think you might just take your GRE test and then think about graduate schools, then look into choosing a university or college based on your GRE score.
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