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Candidates who are applying for a graduate program other than those offered by the School of Business are required to take the GRE. For example, students applying for Engineering, Computer Science, Psychology, Literature, Sciences etc. all require students to take the GRE. However, now an increasing number of business schools ARE accepting scores from the GRE test. The GRE general test measures the skills that you have acquired over the high school and college years. While the GRE is only one of the several criteria that graduate schools use to evaluate your application, it is one of the most important. This is particularly true if your college GPA is not as high as the university requires. The GRE General Test contains sections that measure verbal, quantitative and analytical writing skills.

Analytical Writing

2 essays, 30 minutes each
The writing section of the GRE is meant to measure a student’s analytical reasoning, organization, and analysis skills. The two essays include an issue essay and an argument essay. There are no right or wrong answers to the essay questions, and the essays will be read and scored by 2 (and possibly 3) readers.

Verbal Reasoning

Two sections each with 20 questions, 30 minutes for each section
each section includes a mix of reading comprehension, text completion, and sentence equivalence questions. Reading comprehension questions are either single answer, multiple answers, or select in passage, while text completion questions will have either one, two, or three blanks

Quantitative Reasoning

Two sections each with 20 questions, 30 minutes for each section
Each quantitative reasoning section (also commonly called the "GRE Math sections") contains a mix of multiple choice, quantitative analysis, and user input questions. Areas such as arithmetic, algebra, plane and co-ordinate geometry, statistics, probability etc. are covered but advanced and specialized topics such as trigonometry and calculus are not.

Experimental Section

An experimental section that will either be a math or a verbal section may also be included on the exam. You will know if you are given a math or verbal experimental section because you will have two of those sections during the test, but you won’t know which of two identical sections are experimental.
The overall testing time for the computer-based GRE revised General Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.
The GRE is a modified Computer Adaptive Test (CAT). Rather than being required to answer each question before going on to the next, as would occur in a pure CAT, students taking this modified CAT may, in each of the 4 math and verbal sections, move around within a given section. They may answer some questions immediately, mark others for review, and skip some questions entirely. Students have this freedom within each of the four sections, but once the allotted time is up and that section has been submitted, they may not return to it. The submitted section will be immediately scored by the computer, an initial score will be calculated, and when the next section of that type (math or verbal) is presented, its difficulty level will be higher or lower, based on how well the student performed on the previous section of that type.

Score Report of GRE

For the quantitative and verbal reasoning sections of the GRE test, the scores range from 130 to 170 points each (in one point increment) for a total of 340. For the analytic writing section, scores range from 0.0 to 6.0. (in 0.5 increment).


In addition to the GRE General Test, graduate departments at some universities want applicants to take the GRE Subject Tests. The GRE Subject Tests are designed to test the knowledge a student learned about various subjects as an undergraduate student. GRE Subject Tests cover 16 subjects: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Engineering, Geology, History, Literature in English, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.