The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) revised General Test is taken by individuals applying to various graduate and business school programs in United States and other countries. Administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), it is available at about 700 centers in over 160 countries.

The computer-based GRE can be taken once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous period of 12 months. This includes test attempts in which the candidate canceled the score.


There is no specific eligibility criterion for GRE. However, various universities that accept GRE scores have their own criteria of admission.

Test Duration and Pattern


  • Analytical Writing (One section with two separately timed tasks)
  • Verbal Reasoning (Two sections)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections)
  • Unscored*

No. of questions

  • Task 1 – Analyse an Issue 30 minutes
  • Task 2 – Analyse an Argument task 30 minutes
  • 20 questions per section 30 minutes per section
  • 20 questions per section 35 minutes per section
  • Varies Varies

*Unscored: This section will not be declared explicitly and can appear in any order after Analytical Writing section. Questions in this section are being tried out either for possible use in future tests or to ensure that scores on new editions of the test are comparable to scores from earlier editions.

The total duration of the test will be about 3 hours 45 minutes.

Note :
The Analytical Writing section is always presented first. Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Unscored sections can appear in any order. Each section should be approached with the thought that it will count towards the score.

Exam Format

GRE is conducted in two formats: computer-based and paper-based. In India, only the computer-based format is available.

How to Apply

Following are three ways in which you can apply for the GRE revised General Test:

  • Online Registration
  • Create a My GRE Account on the GRE website.
  • Note: The name on your GRE account must exactly match the name on your ID proof as the same name will be used when you register for the test.
  • Log in to your My GRE Account and click ‘Register for the General Test’. You can see the available dates and centres and select them.
  • Pay US$ 205 online using an American Express, MasterCard or a Visa credit card.
  • The reporting time and the test center address will be mailed to you.
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