What is GRE?
The Graduate Record Examinations, in short GRE is a standardized test part of graduate admissions test worldwide. Those who want to take admission in any foreign university for graduate programmes should pass this exam. It was administered in 1949 by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Unlike other exams, candidates can choose their convenient date and time to appear for GRE. The test evaluates candidate’s verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing and critical thinking skills that are not related to any specific field of study. There are 2 types of GRE tests- General GRE test and Subject GRE test. The GRE Subject test assesses candidate's qualification in a specific field of study. It is meant mainly for Doctoral Study in the US and for Masters Level programs in some universities.
Anyone is eligible to take GRE General Test. There is no age limit or minimum qualifications to appear for this test. The test scores are valid for 5 years.
The GRE exam comprises of three distinct sections- Quantitative Section, Verbal Section and Analytical Writing Assessment Section.
The average score for each section of the GRE (from 2006-09) are 456 for Verbal, 590 for Quantitative and 3.8 for Writing. However one needs to score higher to get into the top-ranking universities/ schools.