Similar along the lines of CAT and ACT, the GRE exams focus on broad assessment of one’s critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning skills. There are some schools which have it mandatory to enroll into GRE subject tests. Through the course of this article, we aim to answer some basic questions regarding GRE to put an end to all your doubts about the confusion surrounding the examination.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a test that is required to enroll into the colleges in the United States – hence it becomes important for students aiming to pursue higher education abroad to prepare for the same. The importance relied on GRE differs from college to college, while some may see it only as a qualifying criteria; the others make it a part of the core selection process.

GRE 2016

The GRE exams give students the flexibility to give examination all throughout the year but bear in mind the rush of applicants during the later half of the year.

GRE can be taken at a center near you but it depends upon the entrants received in that center in due accordance to which getting an appointment in one’s preferred exam center becomes tricky and time consuming or easy if the student applying are fairly less, it is though advised that aim to take examination from Jan-June as the peak months of students enrolling for GRE is Aug-December.

GRE Registration

You can register for either the computer-delivered test or the paper-delivered test with a valid credit or debit card — American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard or VISA. Note: American Express, Discover, JCB and MasterCard are NOT accepted for testing in Nigeria; only VISA and PayPal are accepted.

Who Takes It?

Prospective graduate and business school applicants from all around the world who are interested in pursuing a master’s, MBA, specialized master’s in business or doctoral degree take the GRE revised General Test. Applicants come from varying educational and cultural backgrounds and the GRE revised General Test provides schools with a common measure for comparing candidates’ qualifications.

GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study.

When and Where Do People Take It?

The GRE revised General Test is available at more than 1,000 test centers in more than 160 countries. In most regions of the world, the computer-delivered test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year. In Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea, the computer-delivered test is available one to three times per month. In areas of the world where computer-delivered testing is not available, the paper-delivered test is available up to three times a year in October, November and February.

Who Accepts It?

The GRE revised General Test is accepted at thousands of graduate and business schools as well as departments and divisions within these schools. View this list (PDF).

Who is eligible for GRE?

The only document required to enroll into giving GRE examination is a valid proof of your identity. In India, a valid passport (not photocopy but original), which will fulfill the criteria for enrollment.

The rules in GRE are very strict and they do not accept any other proof of identity apart from passport, such as birth certificate or driving license can be used.

GRE itself has not set bounds of age, qualification or timing as such to give the examination but the colleges that accept GRE as part of enrollment may have such rules and therefore one needs to take up GRE accordingly, in accordance to the colleges in which admission is to be sough and what is their criteria of consideration.

What is GRE score?

GRE score is critical to getting a partial or full scholarship from the college with which you’re pursuing higher education and considering that a good college may not necessarily be cheap; a scholarship can go a long way in ensuring financial feasibility for the student and a peace of mind – GRE score will help you achieve this.

However all’s not lost if your GRE score is average, if you manage your MS score well even then institutions as primary as Harvard and Stanford may still issue you an admit card.


From perspective of fees : While GRE fees is around $185, GMAT is $250 which is comparatively higher but it is critical to know that most B-Schools across the globe accept GMAT but GRE score can be converted easily to GMAT and you can get a sense of whether you’re eligible for a college or not.

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