GRE 2020 Overview: Exam Dates, Fee, Registration, Syllabus, Pattern, Result and Practice Papers

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    Due to circumstantial hazard, candidates can appear GRE at home. The exam will be similar to the test center kind only the candidates will be examined by online proctor called ProctorU. Top universities of the US, Canada, UK, and Germany change their application procedures this year due to pandemic. GRE scores are accepted for master’s degree programs like MS in USA as well. Over the period, ETS manages to introduce a new format and launched GRE Revised General Test for the candidates.

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    Why Take GRE?

    Why take GRE?

    GRE seems more difficult than ACT or SAT as questions asked in the exam are quite trickier. GRE Verbal reasoning tests vocabulary from challenging reading passages and complicated quantitative problems. The purpose of writing GRE is to test the level of competence in applicants for academic excellence. Few points to remember before writing GRE

    • The course you are applying for whether it requires GRE or not
    • Is there any kind of fellowships for merit-based applicants for funding the course program?
    • Have you shortlisted the course or doctoral research to pursue?
    • Is your grad school GPA score eligible for applying for further studies?

    If you assume a good GRE score is a myth then you have to make a detailed analysis and comparison of the grad schools you are dreaming to apply. Quant and Verbal sections of the exam are scaled on a range between 130-170. Average GRE score for Verbal Reasoning happens to be 151 and that of GRE Quantitative Reasoning is 154.

    Apart from grad schools, business schools and law schools also accept GRE scores. GRE can be taken across the world once in 21 days. Candidates can take the exam maximum of 5 times a year. Score validity for GRE is 5 years.

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    GRE Eligibility 2020

    For GRE there are no eligibility criteria for age and educational qualification. Before applying for university and grad schools, candidates must check out the GRE eligibility criteria as mentioned on the website.

    GRE Registration

    How to Register for GRE?

    You can complete GRE Registration online easily by making an ETS account at Firstly you have to find out the accessible test center and the available time slots for booking the test. GRE fees will be paid via credit or debit card.

    Candidates can also register GRE via phone calling 1-800-473-2255. All necessary information will be given overcall. Payment can be processed via JCB, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.

    Candidates can also register via mail. You have to send the completed GRE Application form to the address mentioned on the website. The application form must reach to the address at least 3 weeks before the chosen test date.

    GRE Fee 2020

    For registration and other services like cancellation, rescheduling amounts are paid in US dollars. GRE Fee for the general test is $213 whereas for GRE subject test fees is $150. 

    GRE Exam Pattern

    GRE Exam Pattern 2020

    There are two types of GRE tests

    General GRE: in this General GRE format, skills of the candidates are measured that are not required in a specific study but develops different approach for every course program. These skill sets measure the thought process of the candidates. Total time duration for GRE General Test is 3 hours 45 minutes. It is a computer-based exam that happens throughout the year.

    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

    Similarly, a computer-based test, paper-based test is also divided into six sections. The structure of paper-based GRE General Test is given below

    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

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    GRE Subject Test: whereas in GRE subject test, candidates are measured on a particular field of study. 6 subjects are assessed on this test format- Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English Literature, Psychology, and Biology. GRE Subject tests are paper-based and held thrice in a year in the months of September, October, and April. Scores are measured on a scale of 200-990 with 10-point increments. The total time for the test is 2 hours and 50 minutes. Mostly candidates aim to pursue higher studies at postgraduate level take GRE Subject test.


    Percentage of Candidates Pursuing GRE at Post Graduate Level

    In this above-mentioned picture, it is observed mostly people from life sciences background appear for this subject test is comparatively higher. Students prefer to study science subjects from abroad due to huge scholarships available on specific subjects. 

    GRE Score 2020

    GRE Score 2020

    GRE Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning are scored on a scale range of 130-170 with 1 point increment. GRE Analytical Reasoning is scored on a scale of 0-6 with a half-point increment. If any question remains unattempted then-No Score (NS) will be stated. As per the data collected from ETS between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2019, mean score for GRE General Test are as follows

    SectionsNumber of Test TakersMean
    Verbal Reasoning1640350150.37
    Quantitative Reasoning1643587153.39
    Analytical Writing16352213.58

    In GRE Subject Test, all these 6 subject tests are scored on a scale of 200-290 with 10 point increments. Biology and Psychology have a subscore range of 20-99 score scale with 1 point increment. As per the data collected from ETS between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2019, mean score for GRE Subject Test are as follows

    SubjectsNumber of Test TakersMean
    Literature in English3370542

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    GRE Scaled Score percentiles for General Test

    Below mentioned table explains score v/s percentile scale for GRE Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning as follows

    GRE Verbal & Quantitative score in Percentile

    Similarly for GRE Analytical Writing, score percentile is measured in the following table

    GRE Analytical Score

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    How to send GRE Score?

    After receiving score, candidates will get Scoreselect option to send test scores to the graduate schools where you want to pursue any course. This Scoreselect option is available in both General and Subject Tests. After getting good score in GRE, it is completely dependent on the candidates whether to send it to the university or not. After the test day, you need to pay a fee to send your scores and you can choose from the following options:

    • Most Recent: Send your scores from your most recent test.
    • All: Send your scores from all test administrations in the last five years.
    • Any: Send your scores from one or as many test administrations as you like from the last five years.

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    GRE Preparation Tips

    GRE Preparation Tips 2020

    More the time one dedicates for preparation, the better the chances to get high score. Usually, the candidates take around 2-4 months before the scheduled date. To perform the best, candidates must target the score first. Few GRE preparation tips are as follows

    • Self-preparation is one of the most fruitful techniques for GRE practice. Get a survey of the best kind of sample books, practice papers for GRE. Self-preparation will enhance self-motivation all the time.
    • Take crash courses online will help in getting updated study materials. This in turn will help to acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses.
    • Hire a personal tutor to get regular feedback on the status of your preparation.
    • Know details about the syllabus and exam pattern of GRE.
    • Taking regular mock tests will help in effective preparation. It will evaluate the readiness of your preparation.
    • Making a proper study plan will help in monitoring the growth status of the candidates in terms of readiness.

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    GRE Faqs

    GRE FAQs

    Ques. What is the paper pattern for Quantitative Reasoning section of GRE General Test?

    Ans. Exam Pattern for Quantitative Reasoning section of GRE is as follows:

    • Number and duration of sections: Two sections of 35 minutes each.
    • Number of Questions: 20 questions in each section.
    • Question Type: Quantitative Comparison, Multiple choice, Numeric Entry
    • Score Scale:130–170, reported in one-point increments 

    Ques. What is the scoreselect option for GRE General test?

    Ans. With the help of scoreselect you can retake the test and send only the scores you want your schools to see. It works in the following way:

    Decide on Test Day: When you get your score at the test day, you can choose not to send your score at this time or you can use any of the following options:

    • Most Recent option: Send your scores from your current test date.
    • All option: Send your scores from all test dates in the last five years. 

    Decide After Test Day: At any time, you can send additional score reports for a fee and select from the following available options:

    • Most Recent option: Send your scores from your most recent test date.
    • All option: Send your scores from all test dates in the last five years.
    • Any option: Send your scores from one or as many test dates as you like from the last five years.

    The schools you designate will only see the scores you selected to send them. There will be no special indication if you have taken additional GRE tests. 

    Ques. What should be the gap between two GRE attempts?

    Ans. You can take the computer-delivered GRE General Test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days). This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously.

    Ques. What is the validity period of GRE score?

    Ans. The validity period of a GRE score is 5 years.

    Ques. How are GRE subject tests scored?

    Ans. First raw score is calculated on the basis of your correct answers. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers. Raw score is further converted into a scaled score through the process of Equating. Equating balances the minor variations in difficulty level among different test editions. 

    Ques. In what all subjects is GRE subject test available?

    Ans. GRE Subject test is available in the following subjects:

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics
    • Literature in English
    • Psychology
    • Physics

    Ques. Can I use a calculator in GRE General Test?

    Ans. An on screen calculator shall be present during the Quantitative reasoning section of GRE General computer delivered test. For paper delivered format, a calculator shall be provided at the test center.

    Ques. When can I take GRE general test in paper delivered format?

    Ans. In areas of the world where the computer-delivered test is not available, the test is available in a paper-delivered format up to three times a year in October, November and February.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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    Tanishka Shah

    What is on the GRE exam?

    20 Nov, 2020 21:17

    Hi, The GRE General Test measures your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills — skills that have been developed over a long period of time and are not related to a specific field of study but are important for all.

    21 Nov, 2020 00:50
    Ibashisha Mukhim

    From where can I get sample papers?

    18 Nov, 2020 21:54


    You can get the previous year papers and mock papers from – GRE Practice Papers.

    18 Nov, 2020 21:56

    Will GRE score remain valid for 3 years?

    15 Nov, 2020 23:20

    Hii Priya, Greetings from collegedunia. Yes, GRE scores are valid for five years following your test date. 

    16 Nov, 2020 07:20

    How often can I retake GRE?

    11 Nov, 2020 21:04

    Hello Riyaz. You can take the test once every 21 days, up to five times in a year.

    11 Nov, 2020 21:25
    Fauzia Shahid

    What is the limit to give GRE?

    10 Nov, 2020 19:15

    Hi, Fauzia

    There is no age limit.

    Talking about attempts, you can give up to 5 exams in 12 months, but there must must be 16 day gap between any two consecutive tests. 

    12 Nov, 2020 03:39
    Yash Raj Singh

    To be examined by ProctorU this year for the exam, is there any gadget or device that we need at home while giving the exam?

    03 Nov, 2020 19:01

    Hii Yash, Greetings from collegedunia. The following equipment is necessary for the candidates to have for availing the GRE online exam:

    • PC or MAC computer;
    • Movable camera for displaying the entire room to the proctor;
    • Microphone;
    • Speaker;
    • Headsets are not required

    For more details Click Here

    04 Nov, 2020 19:10
    Gouri Kumari

    What is in the GRE test?

    02 Nov, 2020 23:04

    Hii Gouri, Greetings from collegedunia. The Graduate Record Examinations( GRE ) is a standardized test that is  most widely accepted graduate admissions test worldwide. GRE test scores can be use for Admission in both graduate and business school. For more details Click Here

    03 Nov, 2020 09:21
    Jatin Sharma

    How much does the GRE cost?

    02 Nov, 2020 23:01

    Hiii Jatin, Greetings from collegedunia. GRE subject test fees is US$ 213 or in Rupee it is 15,674 INR. For more details Click Here

    03 Nov, 2020 09:17
    Saurav Kumar

    What is the fees for GRE?

    01 Nov, 2020 19:57

    Hello Saurav,

    The fee for GRE in India is $213.

    01 Nov, 2020 22:17
    Sourajit Mukherjee

    If I am giving GRE, do I have to give IELTS or TOEFL as well?

    01 Nov, 2020 19:44

    Hello Sourajit,

    Yes, you will have to give IELTS or TOEFL as these two examinations are for different purposes.

    01 Nov, 2020 22:37

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