The Graduate Record Examination, or GRE, is an important step in the graduate school or business school application process. The GRE is a multiple-choice, computer-based, standardized exam that is often required for admission to graduate programs and graduate business programs (MBA) globally.

The GRE is developed and administered by test maker ETS to provide graduate and business schools with common measures for comparing applicants’ qualifications and preparedness for graduate-level academic work. Graduate school and business school admissions committees look at your GRE score, along with your academic record and supporting materials, to assess your readiness for the rigors of graduate academic study.

What’s the takeaway? A high score on the GRE will have a direct, positive impact on your graduate or business school application.

Eligibility criteria

ETS conducts GRE, and it has set no particular eligibility criteria for the exam. There are no restrictions on the candidate’s age and qualification to appear in the GRE. However, the program for which you are applying and the university will have its eligibility criteria for offering the course.


All the top and highly rated universities across the globe in Europe, US, UK, Australia and Singapore accept GRE score.

GRE Syllabus & Test Format

The GRE test is conducted in two formats- General and Subject Tests. A general test involves testing student’s verbal, quantitative and analytical writing skills. However, a subject test can also be conducted by some universities to judge the applicant’s expertise in specific fields like Chemistry, Physics, Biology.

Broadly, the GRE has three sections in which you need to excel-

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Analytical writing
  • Quantitative reasoning

Test centres and dates

The GRE is conducted at 1000+ test centres across the world. It is a computer-based exam and offered at various locations in more than 160 countries.


What is on the GRE?

The GRE exam measures your command of basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis as well as college-level vocabulary. More importantly, it measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material, think critically, and solve problems.

What are the GRE Sections?

You will receive three scores on the GRE:

  • Analytical Writing
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning

How to apply?

The GRE registration takes place in 4 steps-

  • Create an account on ETS website
  • Select the test centres and GRE date
  • Fill the personal details and verify them
  • Pay the fee