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GRE Test: Application Form, Exam Dates, Test Pattern

Updated On - April 19th 2018 by SHIVANSHI RATHAUR

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is an international standardized test required for admission into Graduate schools in the United States of America. The test is organized and administered by Education Testing Services (ETS). GRE is conducted in offline mode three times a year and in online mode throughout the year.

GRE intends to assess a candidates’s verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills. A candidate can take the test a maximum of five times over a period of 12 months. GRE Score is valid upto 5 years.The test was taken by more than 600,000 candidates from all over the world in 2017.

  • Candidates can register for  GRE General Test either online on the official website ets.org/gre or via phone. They can also request a GRE General Test Authorization Voucher by Mail.
  • The registration must be done atleast 2 business days before the preferred test date.
  • GRE General Test consists of questions on Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing. GRE Subject Test assesses a candidate’s knowledge in particular field of Study. 
  • GRE Registration fee ranges between US $ 205 – $ 230 depending upon the region a candidate is registering from.

GRE Test Highlights

Exam NameGraduate Record Examination
Short- FormGRE
Official websitewww.ets.org/gre
Level of the examInternational
Organising BodyEducational Testing Service (ETS)
Mode of examInternet based and Paper based
GRE fee$205 – $230
Score Range0 to 30 for each section
GRE Test Centers> 1000 across the world
GRE Helpline1-609-771-7670 | 1-866-473-4373

GRE at a Glance

GRE General Test

  • GRE General Test is for candidates seeking admission into Masters programs in various fields in universities of the US and other countries across the world.
  • It is available at more than 1000 centers in more than 160 countries across the world in both online and offline mode.
  • GRE General can be taken once in every 21 days and up to 5 times over a period of 12 months. The slots in both online and offline mode are filled in first-cum-first-serve basis.
  • The duration of GRE Computer-delivered test is 3 hours and 45 minutes and of GRE Paper-delivered test is 3 hours and 30 minutes.

View the List of Colleges & Universities accepting GRE Score

GRE Subject Test

  • GRE Subject Test is for testing knowledge in a specific field. There is a separate paper for each subject.
  • There are six subjects tested through GRE Subject Test – Biology; Chemistry; Literature in English; Mathematics; Physics; and Psychology.
  • The duration of exam for each of the 6 subjects is 2 hours and 50 minutes.
  • GRE Subject test is only available in paper-delivered format up to three times a year in September, October and April.

GRE for Business School

  • GRE Score is accepted by thousands of business schools across the world, including ivy leagues like Harvard Business School, Stanford University,HEC Paris, London Business School, and Oxford University . Check the List of B-Schools accepting GRE
  • GRE General Test assess candidates on parameters learnt overtime, therefore, it is easier score high on GRE than on GMAT.
  • GRE costs less than GMAT or any other internationa management entrance test that measure candidates on same skills.

GRE for Law School

  • Practicing law in the current times is one the most lucrative career options for candidates. GRE General Test is used for admission into numerous Law Schools for JD Program.
  • Juris Doctor (JD) is a entry professional degree in law. It is basically a post graduate course and can be used to practice law in US, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Check the List of Law Schools accepting GRE for JD Program

How to Register for GRE?

GRE Registration can be done online or via phone. Candidates must apply atleast two business days before their preferred test dates.

GRE Online Application

Step1: Create an ETS Account

ETS Account Registration

  1. Visit the official website ets.org/gre.
  2. Click on “Register Now.” You will be redirected to a webpage to create an ETS Account.
  3. Click on “Create or Login to your ETS Account Now”.
  4. Click on “Create an Account”.
  5. Fill in the Information asked. The name you submit in the ETS Account must same as that on your passport.
  6. Select a username a password of your choice. Choose a security question and enter an answer that you can easily remember.
  7. Review the information you have provided. If you need to make any corrections, Click on “Back” and make the edits.
  8. If no edits are required, Click on “Submit”.

Step 2: Register for GRE

GRE Registration

  1. Login using username and password on ereg.ets.org.
  2. Click on “Register/Find Test Centers, Dates”.
  3. Select a Test from the list of seven given GRE Tests. 
  4. Enter the location to find your nearest test center.
  5. Select the month in which you wish to take the test.
  6. Choose your preferred date and test center from the available choices.

GRE Registration

  1. Click on “Show Test Times”. Select the preferred slot as well as mode of test.
  2. Click on “Register”.
  3. Review your personal information. Click on Edit, if you need to make any changes, else click on “Next”.
  4. Provide Background Information like citizenship, educational status, reason for taking GRE, etc. Click on “Next”.
  5. Add any preparation material from the given list, if you want. Click on “Next”. You will be redirected to a checkout cart.

GRE Application fee

  1. Click on “Proceed to Checkout”.
  2. If you have any voucher code, enter it in the box given. Click on “Pay Now” to pay the application fee.

GRE Phone Registration​

  1. For registration in U.S., Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico or Canada, call the test center directly or Prometric Services at 1-443-751-4820 or 1-800-473-2255.
  2. For registration outside the U.S. Visit the official website ets.org/gre.
  3. Type RRC in the search box on the top right corner of the webpage.
  4. Click on “Register to Test Outside the United States”.
  5. Click on the link of Regional Registration Center (RRC). Call the approriate RRC depending upon the region to book the test.
  6. A confirmation number, reporting time and test center address will be provided during the call.

Click here to Find your Regional Registration Center

Requesting a GRE Authorization Voucher by Mail

  1. Download, print and fill the Computer-delivered GRE General Test Authorization Voucher Request Form.
  2. Mail the completed form with a paper check or money order of application fee to the address mentioned on the form.
  3. The mail delivery and processing may take upto three weeks. A confirmation email from ETS after the registration has been processed.
  4. GRE Test appointment using the voucher must be made before the expiration date on the authorization voucher.
  5. It is strongly advised not send the application fee in cash with the form. No action will be taken by the authorities in case of lose of cash.
  6. Use the voucher to get an appointment for the test online or by calling the RRC.

Registration by Mail

  1. GRE Registration by Mail is only available for Paper-delivered test for both GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test.
  2. Download and Complete the Registration form and mail it to the address mentioned on the form along with the payment through money order or certified checks or voucher numbers.
  3. The form must be received at ETS before the deadline of Registration.
  4. It will take up to four weeks for the processing of registration.
  5. A confirmation email will be sent to you comfirming the test choice, test date, test center and score recipients.

Click here to download Registration Form for the Paper-delivered GREGeneral Test

Click here to download Registration Form for the Paper-delivered GRESubject Test

The table below enlists all the deadline related to GRE 2018-2019:

GRE TestTest DateRegular RegistrationLate RegistrationSupplementary Test Center and Monday Administration RegistrationView Scores Online DateApprox. Score Report Mailing Date
-WorldwideOther Locations Including U.S.
Territories
U.S. and Puerto RicoOther Locations Including U.S.
Territories
U.S. and Puerto RicoOther Locations Including U.S.
Territories
U.S. and Puerto RicoWorldwideWorldwide
GRE Paper Delivered General TestOctober 06, 2018August 24, 2018August 31, 2018August 31, 2018September 07, 2018August 10, 2018August 17, 2018November 03, 2018November 16, 2018
November 10, 2018September 28, 2018Octorber 05, 2018Octorber 05, 2018October 7, 2018September 14, 2018September 21, 2018December 08, 2018December 21, 2018
February 02, 2019December 28, 2018December 28, 2018December 28, 2018January 6, 2018Dcember 07, 2018December 14, 2018March 02, 2019March 15, 2019
GRE Subject TestsSeptember 15, 2018August 03, 2018August 10, 2018August 10, 2018August 17, 2018July 20, 2018July 27, 2018October 13, 2018October 26, 2018
October 27, 2018September 14, 2018September 21, 2018September 21, 2018September 28, 2018August 31, 2018September 07, 2018Novermber 24, 2018December 07, 2018
April 06, 2019February 22, 2019March 01, 2019March 01, 2019March 08, 2018February 08, 2018February 15, 2019May 04, 2019May 17, 2018

Payment of GRE Registration Fee

Payment of GRE Exam fee

Online Mode

  • GRE Application fee can be paid online using a Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, Discover, China UnionPay, Diners Club, or JCB Credit Card/Debit Card.
  • The application fee can also be tranferred directly from the bank account, provided it is a US bank. 
  • Payment can also made through e-check drawn against U.S. Bank accounts only.
  • It can also be paid using PayPal, if you have a PayPal account.
  • If you are taking the test in Nigeria, only Visa, PayPal or Voucher Numbers are accepted.

Offline Mode

  • Only money orders or paper checks sent to ETS with the regisration form is acceptable.
  • Cash payment of application fee is not allowed.

Reschedulling and Cancelling GRE Test Registration

  • Candidates have the option to reschedule or cancel the test date they have chosen for GRE.
  • They have to pay an additional cancellation or reschedule fee, as applicable.
  • Rescheduling or cancellation must be done at least four days prior to the test date(10 days if the applicants is from Mainland of China).
  • Testing fees and registrations cannot be exchanged between the GREGeneral Test and GRESubject Tests.
  • Full Test Fee would be forfeited if the candidates do not follow the proper guidelines.

Rescheduling & Cancelling GRE General Test Computer delivered Test  

  • No appointments can be rescheduled beyond 1 year of the original scheduled appointment.
  • Candidates must provide their appointment confirmation number and the full name used for GRE Registration to reschedule their appointment.
  • Candidates can reschedule and/or the test date online through the ETS Account or by contacting the appropriate RRC over phone

For United States, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada:

Reschedule the Test Registration online using ETS Account or by calling Prometric Services at 1-443-751-4820 or 1-800-473-2255. Provide appointment confirmation number and the full name you used to make the appointment.

In Mainland China, candidates are required to log into their NEEA Account for rescheduling their appointment

In Hong Kong, Taiwan or Korea, rescheduling test registration can be done online as well as by contacting the GRE services

Rescheduling & Cancelling GRE General & Subject Paper delivered Test

  • Candidates are allowed to reschedule and/or cancel the test within the same testing year only (July 1 – July 30).
  • Testing fees and registrations cannot be exchanged between the GREGeneral Test and GRESubject Tests.
  • Candidates can reschedule and/or cancel test registration in one of two ways: online through your ETS Account or by calling, faxing or writing GREServices

NOTE: Candidates can also request a change of test center following the process mentioned above. The choice of test center will only be accepted if there is any seat available at the chosen center. Alternatively, a candidate can report to the preferred test center on the test day with the confirmation email. If the center can accommodate the candidate and the test  is available, there will be no additional charges.

GRE Fee

GRE Fee for registration and other serivces is to be paid in U.S Dollars. If the same is not available, the charges can be paid in the local currency of equivalent value. The fee for registration and other charges are as follows:

GRE General Test Fee and other Charges

The table enlists GRE General Test registration fee and charges for other services like rescheduling the test, changing the test centers etc.:

Standard Test Administration
Australia$230
China$220.70
Nigeria$220
All other areas of the world$205
Special Handling Requests
Late registration fee (paper-delivered test online registration only)$25
Standby testing (paper-delivered test only)$50
Rescheduling fee — China$53.90
Rescheduling fee — All other areas of the world$50
Changing test center$50
Scoring Services
Additional Score Reports (ASR) — per recipient$27
Question-and-Answer review service — Verbal Reasoning & Quantitative Reasoning sections only (New York State residents only)$50
Score Review for Analytical Writing measure$60
Score Review for Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures (Paper-delivered tests only)$50
Score Reinstatement Fee$50

GRE Subject Test Fee and other charges

The table enlists GRE Subject Test registration fee and charges for other services like rescheduling the test, changing the test centers etc.:

Standard Test Administration
Subject Tests – Worldwide$150
Special Handling Requests
Late registration fee(online registration only)$25
Standby testing$50
Rescheduling fee$50
Changing test center$50
Changing Subject Test$50
Scoring Services
Additional Score Resport (ASR) requests – per recipient$27
Score Review$50
Score reinstatement fee$50

GRE Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of the two types of GRE – GRE General Test and GRE Subject Tests is different. GRE General Test assesses skills acquired through everyday learning overtime. GRE Subject Tests measures the knowledge in a particular field of study.

GRE General Test

Computer delivered Test Pattern

  • The test is divided into six sections with a 10 minutes break after the third section.
  • The entire duration of test is 3 hours and 45 minutes.
  • Verbal Reasoning assesses reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and vocabulary usage in two sections.
  • Quantitative Reasoning assesses basic high school level mathematical knowledge and reasoning skills in two sections.
  • Analytical Writing consists of two tasks each of essay writing. Given below is structure followed by the GRE General Test:
MeasureNumber of QuestionsAllotted Time
Analytical Writing (One section with two separately timed tasks)One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning (Two sections)20 questions per section30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections)20 questions per section35 minutes per section
Unidentified Unscored SectionVariesVaries
Identified Research SectionVariesVaries
  1. Unidentified unscored section: This section is not counted in the GRE final score. The purpose of this section is to test questions prepared for future GRE General Test. There is no way of identifying which section this is, so skipping this section is not an option for the candidates.
  2. Identified Research Section: It not included in the GRE final score. The section might be included in place of the unscored section. Research section would appear in the end of test. The questions in this section are included for ETS Research Purposes.

Paper delivered Test Pattern

  • The paper is divided into six sections – two sections each of Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoing.
  • The duration of test is 3 hours 30 minutes with a 10 minutes break after the second section.
  • Candidates can attempted the VR and QR sectons in any order they wish while taking GRE paper delivered test.
  • Analytical writing sections will be first in the sequence of sections while the order of remaining sections is not fixed.
MeasureNumber of QuestionsAllotted Time
Analytical Writing (Two sections)Section 1: "Analyze an Issue" task30 minutes per section
Section 2: "Analyze an Argument" task
Verbal Reasoning (Two sections)25 questions per section35 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections)25 questions per section40 minutes per section

GRE Subject Test

  • The duration of each subject test is 2 hours and 50 minutes.
  • There are 6 different subject tests – Biology, Chemistry, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology.
  • Biology test consists of 190 five-choice questions from three major areas: cellular and molecular biology, organismal biology, and ecology and evolution.
  • Chemistry test consists of approximately 130 multiple choice questions from the four fields into which chemistry has been traditionally divided and some interrelationships among the fields.
  • Literature in English comprises of approximately 230 questions on poetry, drama, biography, the essay, the short story, the novel, criticism, literary theory and the history of English language.
  • Mathematics test is made up of 66 multiple choice questions from courses of undergraduate level.
  • Physics test has 100 five-choice questions aimed at assessing a candidate’s clarity of fundamental principles of physics and their ability to apply such principles.
  • Psychology consists of 205 multiple type questions from the core of knowledge of the courses offered at the undergraduate level in the field of psychology

Click Here for Detailed Information on GRE Test Pattern


GRE Result

  • ETS sends an email notifying the test takers when the result is released.
  • Candidates can check the GRE scores by login into their ETS accounts.
  • A copy of GRE Score card is sent to candidates within 10-15 days after the day of the test incase of computer delivered test. The same for paper delivered test may take up to 5 weeks
  • Additional GRE Score Reports can requested by candidates online, via mail or fax by paying an additional charge of $27. The same is sent to candidates with 5-10 business days.
  • Candidates can also request for a score review, if they are not satisfied by the percentile scored by them. They need to pay an additional charge of $50 for the purpose.
  • The steps to check GRE Score are given below:

GRE Sample Score Card

  1. Visit the official website ets.org/gre
  2. Click on “ETS Account” on the right hand corner of the webpage.
  3. Login using username and password
  4. Click ”View Scores and Score Recipients” under the title Scores.
  5. Your Score Card will be displayed on screen.

GRE Scoring System

  • GRE General Test:
    • The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections are scored on a range of 130-170, in 1 point increments.
    • Analytical Resoning is scored in a range of  0–6, in half point increments.
    • If a candidate does not answer any questions of any/all measures, then a No Score (NS) is stated for that measure.
  • GRE Subject Test:
    • All the subject tests are scored on a range of 200-990 with 10 point increments.
    • The Biology and Psychology Tests also have subscore range on a 20–99 score scale, in one-point increments

Scaled score percentiles for GRE General Test

The table below represents score v/s percentile for Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative reasoning measures of GRE General Test:

Scaled scoreVerbal reasoning percentileQuantitative reasoning percentile
1709998
1699997
1689895
1679794
1669692
1659590
1649388
1639286
1628983
1618780
1608478
1598174
1587871
1577468
1567164
1556760
1546356
1535952
1525448
1515044
1504540
1494137
1483632
1473328
1462925
1452521
1442218
1431815
1421612
1411310
140108
13986
13874
13753
13632
13521
13421
13311
1321<1
1311<1
130<1<1

Scaled score v/s writing percentage for Analytical Writing measure of GRE General Test: 

Analytical Writing scoreWriting % Below
699
5.598
593
4.580
456
3.538
315
2.57
22
1.51
1<1
0.5<1

Accomodations for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs

  • Candidates with special needs due to physcial disabilities or health-related issues can avail facilities offered by ETS while taking GRE Test. 
  • The request for such accomodations can be made in the following ways:
    • Online using the ETS Account
    • Via Email at disability.reg@ets.org
    • Via Mail by sending a request form at the following address: ETS Disability Services, P.O. Box 6054, Princeton, NJ 08541-6054 USA. 
    • Via Courier Service to the following address: ETS Disability Services, 225 Phillips Boulevard, Ewing, NJ 08628-1426 USA
  • ETS also provides special preparation material for candidates with disabilities and health-related needs. Check Here 
  • List of facilities provided for GRE Test Taker with Disabilities or Heath-related Needs are as follows:

Click here to access GRE Registration Form for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs

Extended Testing Time: All tests are timed.

  • 50 percent (time and one-half)
  • 100 percent (double time; documentation required)

Extra Breaks: Breaks are not included in testing time (can be used for medication, snacks, trips to the restroom, etc.).

Accommodations for the Computer-delivered GRE General Test Only

  • Ergonomic keyboard
  • IntelliKeys keyboard
  • JAWS with or without a refreshable braille device
  • Keyboard with touchpad
  • Screen magnification
  • Selectable background and foreground colors
  • Trackball

Assistance

  • Reader
  • Scribe

Assistance for Spoken Directions Only

  • Oral interpreter for applicants who are deaf or hard-of-hearing
  • Sign language interpreter for applicants who are deaf or hard-of-hearing
  • Printed copy of spoken directions (for paper-delivered tests only)

Assistance for Note Taking

  • Braille slate and stylus for applicants who are blind or have low vision
  • Perkins brailler for applicants who are blind or have low vision

Alternate Test Formats

  • Braille for applicants who are blind or have low vision
  • Large-print test book
  • Recorded audio
  • Recorded audio with tactile figure supplement for applicants who are blind or have low vision
  • Recorded audio with large-print figure supplement for applicants who are blind or have low vision
  • Computer-voiced with tactile figure supplement for applicants who are blind or have low vision (GREGeneral Test in the U.S. only)
  • Computer-voiced with large-print figure supplement for applicants who are blind or have low vision (GRE General Test in the U.S. only)

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    23 May, 2018 15:56
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    Admin

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