GRE, short for Graduate Record Examinations, is an ETS-owned and administered standardized test. Many American & Canadian graduate schools, colleges & universities require the applicants to submit GRE scores as a way to gauge their verbal, quantitative & written aptitude. It is a fully computer-based exam normally conducted at test centers around the world. During the pandemic, the home-based GRE test acquired much popularity. The test format and content was restructured significantly in 2011. Now the exam is sectional-adaptive and the scores range from 130-170.
Who writes the GRE?
For admission into your dream university, the GRE could be a major game player as it is mandatory for admission into most US and Canadian graduate schools.
  • Written by prospective graduates, business & law school applicants
  • Required for admission into most graduate schools in US & Canada
  • Owned and administered by Educational Training Services (ETS)
  • Valid for 5 years
  • Computer-delivered and sectional-adaptive
  • Tests Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning & Quantitative Reasoning
  • Option to send scores without charge directly to 4 universities of choice
GRE General Test
The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections are section-level adaptive. The first operational section of each measure (i.e., Verbal and Quantitative) is of average difficulty. The difficulty level of the second section of each of the measures depends on your overall performance on the first section of that measure. For example, if for the Quantitative Reasoning measure you do very well on the first section, the second section of the Quantitative Reasoning measure will be at a higher level of difficulty. The scoring for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures takes into consideration the total number of questions answered correctly across the two sections, as well as the difficulty level of the sections.
Math content
The GRE General Test uses the foundations of high school math to test quantitative reasoning. The test material measures your ability to understand basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis; to reason quantitatively; and to solve problems in a quantitative setting
Test Structure
The GRE test is quite long and takes about 4 hours to finish, including the breaks. There are 6 sections overall, with short 1-minute gaps in between and a longer 10-minute break after the third section. The test always begins with the Analytical Writing section. Following that, the sequencing of the Quant and Verbal Sections is random and unpredictable. On the whole, the test-taker would do 2-3 Quant sections and 2-3 Verbal Sections, with one on them being unscored.
Test format
Score Reporting

Overall 260 - 340 Point 0-6 Points for AWA

130-170 In 1-Point Increments130-170 In 1-Point Increments0-6 In 0.5 Point Increments
Conducted byETS
EligibilityNo minimum/maximum age limit. No minimum educational criteria.
DatesMultiple times in a month. Can be taken only with a gap of 21 days and up to a maximum of 5 times in a year
Time3hrs + 45 mins
Scoring260 – 340 points; 0-6 (Essay Scores)
VersionsGRE General Tests; GRE Subject Tests; Temporary Home-based version of the GRE Test was made available during the Pandemic Lockdown
FeesUSD 213
Validity5 Years
Pace GRE Course
  • 44 Hours of Live Classes
  • 6-Week Course
  • Original Course Material
  • Vocabulary Improvement Strategies & Resources
  • Qualified Verbal & Quant Trainers
  • Evaluation of AWA Essays