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GRE FAQ

General Questions
What is the price of the GRE General Test?
GRE General Test — United States, U.S. Territories and Puerto Rico $160

GRE General Test — Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea. See Bulletin Supplement (PDF). $205

GRE General Test — all other locations

Late registration fee (paper-based test online registration only) $25

Standby testing (paper-based test only) $50

Rescheduling fee $50

Changing your test center $50

Test Content
What is the syllabus for GRE?
The GRE General Test measures a student's verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills — disciplines that are not specific to any individual field of study, but essential for all and important for success in graduate or business school.
What kind of question has been asked in analytical writing section for GRE?

The Analytical Writing section consists of two analytical writing tasks: a 45-minute "Present Your Perspective on an Issue" task and a 30-minute "Analyze an Argument" task.

Diffrence between Analytical Writing section from the Verbal section of the GRE General Test?

Because the Analytical Writing section is a performance test, you must organize and articulate your own ideas as you discuss a complex issue as well as explain the logical soundness of an argument you have just read. The Verbal section of the GRE General Test measures reading comprehension, and verbal and analogical reasoning skills in a multiple-choice format.

While the Verbal section measures your ability to understand complex ideas expressed in written passages and in the relationships between words, the Analytical Writing section measures your ability to articulate and support ideas and to analyze arguments.

How Analytical Writing section for GRE is different from the TOEFL Test of Written English™ (TWE®)?

The TOEFL Writing and GRE Analytical Writing measures are intended to measure different sets of skills. The TOEFL Writing section contains two writing tasks: an independent task asks test takers to support an opinion in writing, and an integrated task that asks test takers to write responses that integrate and organize information from a reading passage and a lecture. These writing tasks are not designed to measure higher levels of critical thinking and analytical writing, but center instead on candidates' composition skills and command of English vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and syntax with some analysis and synthesis of material. Therefore, scores on the two tests are not comparable.

Because the TOEFL test emphasizes fundamental writing and comprehension skills, the TOEFL score can supplement an Analytical Writing score by helping faculty determine whether a low score on the GRE Analytical Writing measure is due to lack of familiarity with English or lack of ability to produce and analyze logical arguments.

How many maths questions is included in the GRE General Test?
The GRE General Test uses the foundations of high school math to test quantitative reasoning. The test material measures your ability to understand basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis; to reason quantitatively; and to solve problems in a quantitative setting.
Test Administration
How GRE take place?
The GRE General Test is administered in a secure testing environment on a continuous basis at computer-based test centers in most locations around the world. In addition, the paper-based General Test is administered up to three times per year in regions of the world where the computer-based test is not available.
Registration
How do I register for the computer-based GRE?

You can register for the computer-based GRE General Test online, by phone, by mail or fax.

How do I register for the paper-based GRE General Test?

Paper-based administrations are offered only in areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available. You can register for the paper-based GRE General Test online or by mail.

How i will get admission ticket?

If you are taking a computer-based test, you do not need an admission ticket. If you are taking a paper-based test, you should receive your admission ticket approximately three weeks after you register. You can also view and print your ticket online. If you do not receive your admission ticket at least 10 days before the test date, please print your ticket or contact ETS immediately to confirm your test center assignment.

Can i change date and location of test?

You can reschedule or cancel your test up until three days prior to your appointment. For computer-based testing, you can cancel or reschedule online. To change your test center, contact the GRE Program by the registration deadline.

Scores
How are the sections of the GRE® General Test scored?

The processes for calculating reported scores for computer-based and paper-based tests are similar. In both cases, the number of correct answers is adjusted according to the difficulty level of the questions. Thus, the same number of correct responses on different test forms will not necessarily result in the same reported score.

With computer-based tests, you are given a set of questions with a difficulty level that is specifically designed to match your ability level. The process for calculating a score incorporates the statistical properties of the questions, as well as the number of questions you answer and answer correctly.

On paper-based tests, the differences in difficulty among test forms are relatively small and are adjusted through a process known as score equating. The number of questions answered is also figured into the calculation of the reported score because it limits the number that can be answered correctly.

Are examinees that use alternative ways of developing an argument scored fairly?

You may use any one of a variety of strategies to structure your essays. Readers are explicitly trained to accept any strategy in an essay that meets the essential requirements of the essay task — i.e., a response that provides the information required by the essay prompt.

What scores are reported?

Three scores are reported on the GRE General Test:

  • a Verbal Reasoning score reported on a 200 – 800 score scale, in 10-point increments
  • a Quantitative Reasoning score reported on a 200 – 800 score scale, in 10-point increments
  • an Analytical Writing score reported on a 0 – 6 score scale, in half-point increments

If you answer no questions at all in a section (Verbal, Quantitative or Analytical Writing), you receive a No Score (NS) for that section.

Descriptions of the analytical writing abilities characteristic of particular score levels are available in the GRE Guide to the Use of Scores.

Can I view scores online?

Yes. You can now view your scores online free of charge. You will need to create or have a My GRE Account to use this service.

  • For computer-based GRE General Test takers, the View Scores Online service is available approximately 15 days after your test date.
  • For paper-based GRE General Test takers, the View Scores Online service is available approximately six weeks after your test date.
Can I cancel my scores?

At the end of the test, you will be given the option of cancelling your scores. You cannot cancel your score for one section of the test and have the scores for the remaining sections reported. Although you have the option of cancelling your scores, consider very carefully before doing so. Your scores will be reported to GRE score recipients only at your request. If you cancel your scores, they will NOT be reported to you or any score recipients and no refund will be made. Canceled scores are not added to your permanent record. If you wish to take the test again, you must reregister and submit another test payment. Note that once you view your scores, you may not cancel them.

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