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GRE 2024: Exam Dates, Syllabus, Registration, Full Form, Exam Pattern, and Eligibility

Sritanu Waytoadmissions Team
Sritanu

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Updated On - Nov 27,2023

In order to pursue postgraduate degrees in the United States, Canada, and a few other nations, applicants must take the GRE. As a result of the effects of COVID-19, applicants can now register for the GRE from the convenience of their homes rather than taking the test at a testing facility. The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing portions make up the GRE exam. Verbal and quantitative section scores range from 130 to 170 apiece. The AWA score is calculated on a scale from 0.0 to 6.0, whereas the total GRE score falls between 260 and 340. Top institutions typically require a verbal and quantitative GRE score of 150 to 160. In India, the GRE exam costs INR 18,863 ($228) while it costs $220 (INR 18210.61) elsewhere in the world. Leading business schools across the world now accept GRE scores in addition to GMAT scores for MBA programs. While subject test dates for the GRE are set for September, October, and April, general GRE test dates are accessible all year long. 

Facts About GRE 

The GRE test is for people who finished their college degree. It might be harder than the ACT or SAT tests. The part where you read and answer questions about what you read can be tricky. The math part is easier compared to other tests. The GRE is used to see how well you did in college. You should check if the program you want to join requires the GRE or some other test like the ACT. Also, see if there are any scholarships available. Make sure your college grades are good enough for more studies, and know what you want to study in graduate school. 

It's important to know that getting a good GRE score is possible. Look into the graduate programs you want to apply for. The scores for the verbal and math parts of the GRE range from 130 to 170. You can take the GRE test up to five times a year, and your scores are good for five years. 

GRE Exam Fee 

In 2023, the GRE registration fee will be around 22,550 Indian rupees. The GRE exam costs for the various GRE services are listed below: 

Special Handling Request Fees
Rescheduling fee INR 5,000
Changing test center INR 5,000
Changing your Subject Test INR 5,000
Additional score report INR 2,900
Score review INR 5,900
Score reinstatement INR 5,000
Returned payment INR 2,900

Note: ETS is offering a 50% GRE cost waiver. The complete registration price is being waived for candidates in need of financial assistance. The GRE Fee Reduction Program is the name of the form for this fee waiver, which is accessible on the ETS website. 

GRE Eligibility 

There are no specific requirements for taking the GRE exam, according to ETS. However, those who are applying to master's degrees must take the GRE. The only other factor for a candidate is that they must have a valid passport in order to register for the GRE exam because they will need to exhibit it as identification at the testing center. Candidates can use their Aadhar Card as a component of their identity documents starting on July 1, 2021, when registering for the GRE. 

GRE Exam Pattern 

Both the GRE exam patterns are unique. The adaptive aspect of the GRE exam pattern for the computer-based test. The three sections of the GRE General Test format are the verbal reasoning, the quantitative reasoning, and the analytical writing evaluation. These sections all have two subsections each. The GRE General Test lasts for an hour and 58 minutes in total. The GRE general test is divided into three main parts, which are as follows: 

Sections Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing (One section)  One "Analyze an Issue" task  30 minutes 
Verbal Reasoning (Two sections) 

Section 1: 12 questions 

Section 2: 15 questions 

Section 1: 18 minutes 

Section 2: 23 minutes 

Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections) 

Section 1: 12 questions 

Section 2: 15 questions 

Section 1: 21 minutes 

Section 2: 26 minutes 

GRE Score

Both the computer-based and paper-based GRE exam patterns are unique. The adaptive aspect of the GRE exam pattern for the computer-based test. The three sections of the GRE General Test format are the verbal reasoning, the quantitative reasoning, and the analytical writing evaluation. These sections all have two subsections each. The GRE General Test lasts for an hour and 58 minutes in total. The GRE general test is divided into three main parts, which are as follows: 

Sections Number of Test Takers Mean
Verbal Reasoning  1640350  150.37 
Quantitative Reasoning  1643587  153.39 
Analytical Writing  1635221  3.58 

These six subject tests are all assessed on a scale of 200-290 with 10-point increments for the GRE Subject Test. The subscore range for biology and psychology is 20–99, with 1-point increments. According to information gathered from ETS from July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2019, the average GRE subject test score is as follows. 

Subjects  Number of Test Takers  Mean 
Biology  3644  665 
Chemistry  8897  689 
Literature in English  3370  542 
Mathematics  15664  664 
Physics  21065  714 
Psychology  12556  619 

GRE Cutoff 

In prestigious institutions like Harvard University, Stanford, MIT, and the University of California - Berkeley, the GRE cutoff ranges from 150 to 165. The GRE cutoff varies depending on the school and the course candidates select. Understanding the GRE cutoff and scoring system is crucial before you begin your preparations. There are three sections on the GRE: 

  • GRE verbal (130-170 score scale) 
  • GRE quantitative reasoning (130-170 score scale) 
  • GRE Analytical Writing (0-6 score scale) 

An overall target score of 320+ and a score of 4.5 on the GRE AWA are prerequisites for admission to the best universities in the US to pursue an MS or Ph.D. Some of the best universities' GRE cutoffs are as follows: 

Top Universities Verbal (Average Score) Quant (Average Score)
MIT 158  162
Stanford University 159  165
UC Berkeley 154  160
Imperial College, London 162  167
Oxford University 160+  160+
London School of Economics 163  163
Illinois Urbana Champaign 154  162
Carnegie Mellon University 160  162
Georgia Tech 155  161
UCLA 155  167
University of Virginia 163  166
University of Texas Austin 155  160
University of Michigan Ann Arbor 154  161
University of Toronto 150  150
Duke University 155  165
Arizona State University 154  162
University of California – San Diego 162  160
University of Wisconsin – Madison 163  163
Northwestern University 154  161
University of Washington 156  159
University of Connecticut 153  157
Ohio State University 157
University of Maryland College 154  160
University of California Irvine 151  161
John Hopkins University 163  164
Vanderbilt University 157  166
University of Cincinnati 155  159
University of Melbourne   304 

GRE Preparation Books 

Global test participants can benefit greatly from GRE preparation books by studying at home. The following list of the top GRE study guides includes all the important information: 

  • ETS GRE Official Guide Book  
  • Magoosh GRE Prep  
  • ETS Official Practice 
  • Manhattan GRE Prep 
  • Barron GRE WordBook  
  • Vibrant GRE AWA