The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for applying to MS, MA and Ph D programs in graduate schools worldwide. Additionally, some B-schools have started accepting GRE scores in lieu of GMAT scores for their MBA programs although the equivalence of scores is not clear yet. The GRE General Test is a common parameter judging aspirants from varying educational and cultural backgrounds for all universities.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR GRE
The GRE is available year-round and on demand, which offers test takers greater flexibility in scheduling. One can also re-schedule the exam date before 3 calendar days to the test. It is important to note that the GRE can only be given once in a month and not more than 5 times in a year and if multiple tests are taken, universities take the best of the scores of all tests taken in last 5 years. The advantage of taking a GRE is that scores can be cancelled before they are viewed, if a candidate thinks he did not have a great exam. Alternatively, using the ScoreSelect facility, you can choose which university should receive which score out of your multiple GRE attempts.
GRE & ITS HISTORY
The Educational Testing Service, or ETS, founded the GRE in 1949. Based in Princeton, New Jersey, the ETS is a not-for-profit membership association that primarily develops standardized tests for K-12 and higher education institutions, as well as international tests such as the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Over the years, the number of GRE takers has increased to cross 655,000 takers worldwide in 2012.
The duration of the exam is a three hour and forty five minutes. Multiple choice questions covering Analytical Writing Assessment, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning are asked. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.