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GRE Test: A Gateway to Study Abroad

Last Updated - September 16, 2016

'STUDY ABROAD' is one term which, once in a lifetime, crosses the mind of every student. The reasons to resume your education from another country can be plenty and there are innumerable exams which enables you to study abroad. TOEFL, IELTS, LSAT, GRE etc. are some of the exams which can fulfill your dream of attaining education from abroad. And if you are planning to study management, specifically in United States of America, then GRE is a golden opportunity for you. GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is taken by thousands of students, every year to pursue post-graduation and specialized degree in the field of management.

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Let's get familiar about the Test, GRE. Basically, GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is an internationally standardized test which is required for admission to most of the graduate schools in United States of America. GRE score is also accepted by some of the most popular Graduate and Business schools in various countries of the world.

Why to take up GRE Test?

Below we will give you some reasons that why you should take GRE test, it may probably clear out your confusions on why GRE is an important and one of the most popular examinations:

1. GATEWAY TO ABROAD STUDIES

First and foremost, let’s start with the very obvious statement that many graduate schools across the globe accept GRE scores. For attaining an admission in top most colleges, students requires GRE test, this gives you an edge over other management college options and courses.Indian candidates usually aspires to study abroad and GRE is a great opportunity which one cannot miss as the score of this exam is accepted by various international universities and fellowship sponsors. Although, the importance of GRE score can serve as a ground from admission formality to a significant selection factor.

2. BETTER SCORE, BETTER CHANCES

Better score in any exam can help you to reach heights. A good score of an entrance exam, like GRE, could open a gateway to a pool of opportunities. GRE scores are valid for five years and scoring well in GRE exam can certainly increase your probable chances for acceptance in the graduate school of your liking. Also, because of the validity of GRE score card for five year, student will get an extra time to think, explore and decide on his/her choice of management school or to which course to pursue.

3. CHOOSE BEST SCORES FOR YOU

Usually, for other entrance exams you don’t get a chance to select best scores for you. But, this is not the case for GRE test.  The general test of GRE is the only graduate-level admissions test that enables a candidate to choose best scores and submit it accordingly. Candidate aspiring to give GRE has a provision to give the test more than once. And if you take GRE test more than once, candidate get to choose scores that you want to send to your favorite management school.

4. USER FRIENDLY FEATURES

While giving GRE general test, a candidate has various options that allow a personalized way of giving GRE test. Aspirant can exercise following options:

  1. Preview and review questions:

This is important in a sense that candidate has an option to review the questions, which many tests don't allow you to do.

  1. Skip Questions:

The candidate can also skip the question, if he/she is not willing to answer and can go back to the previous question. This is the major advantage of taking the GRE General Test over other admission tests as it allows the candidate to skip questions in a particular section, go back and change answers. They also have the option to choose questions they would like to attempt first.

  1.  Answer swapping:

This feature is the coolest one as candidate can change the answers, even if he has attempted it before. Due to this feature many test takers has changed answers from wrong to right, that further boosted their GRE scores.

  1.  On-screen Calculator:

For increasing your quantitative ability score, this is a blessing in disguise as you can use on-screen calculator for easy access.

5. HELPS YOU IN GRADUATION​

GRE Exam basically tests your logical and critical thinking skills. By preparing for each section, which includes- quantitative, verbal and analytical sections you get pro for your graduation studies. GRE will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your key skills that are necessary in your graduate course.

GRE Eligibility Criteria

ETS (Educational Testing Service) which is the exam conducting authority for GRE has not specifically mentioned any particular eligibility criteria for the candidates to appear in the test. However, the candidates are supposed to go through the prescribed eligibility criteria of individual institutes/fellowship sponsors where they wish to apply. It is mandatory that the candidate must have passed the graduation as the GRE is an admission test for postgraduate courses in various graduate schools and business schools around the world, or an aspirant should be studying in the final year of graduation for entry into Master’s (M.B.A) or Phd courses in USA or other countries around the world.

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There is no set age bar for appearing in the GRE Test.

Please Note: There is a specific eligibility criteria, if a candidate is suffering from any physical disability or if the candidates wants to apply under the GRE® Fee Reduction Program (applicable only for US Citizens or resident aliens who are college seniors or an unenrolled college graduates in various graduate schools/institutes/Universities of US, American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico).

GRE Exam Pattern

GRE Test generally constitutes of three sections, namely Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing. There are two modes in which a candidate can attempt GRE test:

  • Computer Delivered Test

  • Paper Delivered Test

The Paper delivered test is offered only at regions where the possibility of delivering a computer delivered test is not there. While the Computer Delivered Test is available throughout the year, the Paper Based test is only conducted for 3 months in a year. There is one more GRE Subject Test, which is also offered for candidates planning to take subject specialization test. The GRE® Subject Tests are offered in a Paper Delivered Mode. The total duration of the exam 2 hours and 50 minutes. There are no specific timed sections. The subjects for which the GRE Subject Tests are mentioned below:

  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Get prepared to polish your knowledge by giving GRE test. As your GRE scores are acceptable at more than 1,200 business schools worldwide, giving GRE exam is certainly a gateway for top notch management courses for your better and sound future. 

Read more:GRE Test Pattern and Syllabus

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