About GRE

  • GRE(Graduate Record Examination) is a standardized test that is an admission requirement for many graduate schools mainly in the United States and Canada.
  • It is usually computer-based test administered by top quality qualified testing centers. The paper-based GRE test is offered in those regions where computer-based testing is not available. In India, only computer-based test is offered.
  • The GRE evaluates your readiness for academic work at graduate and post graduate level. It is your gateway to graduate, post graduate and post doctoral programs.
  • The GRE is created and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS).
  • It measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study.

Exam Pattern

The total time for the GRE is around 3 hours and 45 minutes, plus short breaks. The GRE revised General Test consists of the following three sections: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. The Analytical Writing section will always be the first, whereas, the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and unscored sections may appear in any order. The writing section has two tasks and you have 30 minutes to complete each task, making the total time for this section to be one hour. Verbal section has to be completed within one hour as well as both the two sections require 30 minutes each. Same goes for quantitative section, where you get 35 minutes for the two sections.


No. of Questions


Analytical Writing
(One section with two separately timed tasks)

One “Analyze an Issue” task and one “Analyze an Argument” task

30 minutes per task

Verbal Reasoning
(Two sections)

20 questions per section

30 minutes per section

Quantitative Reasoning
(Two sections)

20 questions per section

35 minutes per section

Applying for GRE®

 You can register:

  • Online on the official GRE website: You need to create or have a My GRE Account to register online. Use an American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard or VISA credit/debit card or voucher number. You will get your confirmation by e-mail. Be sure that the spelling of the name you use when registering exactly matches the name printed on your identification documents (excluding accents, apostrophes and spaces) that you will present at the test center.
  • By phone: Call the appropriate Regional Registration Center (RRC) at least two business days before your preferred test date. You will be given an appointment confirmation number, reporting time and the test center address Be sure to write it down. Use an American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, VISA credit/debit card or a voucher number.
  • Mail Registration: Download and complete the Computer-delivered GRE® revised General Test Authorization Voucher Request Form (PDF). Mail the appropriate payment and voucher request form to the address printed on the form. Allow up to three weeks for processing and mail delivery. When you receive your authorization voucher, call the test center directly or Prometric® Services at 1-443-751-4820 or 1-800-473-2255 to schedule an appointment. Use an American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard or VISA credit/debit card, money order, certified check or a voucher number.


You need to have some idea about how the scoring pattern works to better understand how your GRE score will be calculated.

Section Score Range Mean*

Verbal Reasoning



Quantitative Reasoning



Analytical Writing





GRE Score Validity – The total scores are valid for five years after the year in which you took the exam.