The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is one of the most widely used admission criterion for many graduate and business school courses in universities and colleges across English-speaking countries. Created in 1949, GRE is administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). The exam tests the examinee’s verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time rather than during a specific academic programme. Apart from being an important admission criterion for a lot of courses, GRE revised General Test scores also serve as a decisive factor for fellowship panels in many universities world-wide. The scores provide a standard for comparing the qualifications of applicants from around the world and aid in the evaluation of grades and recommendations. Being such an important examination, we bring you an analysis of the GRE revised General Test for the year 2012-13.

The GRE revised General Test Analysis 2012-13 is based on the data on GRE revised General Test examinees between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, as published in A Snapshot of the Individuals Who Took the GRE revised General Test released by the GRE Program. From 1st July 2012 to 30th June 2013, the count of GRE revised General Test examinees with valid scores in all the three sections was 534,761. 68% of the examinees took the test in the USA, 22% in Asia and just 3% of the test takers took the test in Europe. Another fact to be noted is that while just 2% of the examinees took the paper-based GRE revised General Test, 98% opted for the computer-based GRE test.

An important observation made from the study is the gender classification of the test-takers.

As can be deduced from the GRE revised General Test Analysis 2012-13, most of the test takers were in the age group of 18-22. Below is an age-based analysis of the examinees.

On studying the scores of the test takers in the three sections of the GRE revised General Test, it can be deduced that while older examinees scored better in GRE Verbal Reasoning, the younger examinees scored higher in GRE Quantitative Reasoning. Also, on an average, men performed better than women in GRE Quantitative Reasoning. Below is a complete analysis of the scores scored by test takers in the three sections studied on the basis of age and gender.

The analysis of the current education level of the GRE revised General Test examinees shows that a large number of the test takers are either un-enrolled college graduates or in the final year of their college. Below is the complete graph on the percentage of the examinees based on their current education level.

In terms of the objective of the examinees, while 40% had a master’s degree as their objective, 28% were doctorate aspirants and just 2% were MBA aspirants. Among the graduate aspirants, most of the examinees intended to pursue a programme in the field of Natural Sciences. Below is a graphical representation of the intended graduate major fields of the GRE revised General Test examinees.

On the other hand, in Asia both Engineering and Natural Sciences had equal percentage (29%) of graduate aspirant examinees. But, in Europe, Social Sciences had the most (24%) takers followed by Engineering (18%).

Few other interesting facts about the examinees that tested in Asia are:

  • 62% of the GRE revised General Test examinees were men.
  • Approximately 55% of the examinees were between the ages of 18 and 22.
  • More than 96% of the test takers were 30 years of age or younger.
  • Approximately 83% resided in China (39%) or India (44%). Out of the 534,761 GRE test takers, 56,782 were from India.
  • Approximately 32% of the examinees were in their fourth or final year of college, 13% in their third year of college and 19% were un-enrolled college graduates.

The GRE revised General Test Analysis 2012-13 reveals that 32% of the examinees had less than 1 year of work experience. The following graph shows the study on work experience of GRE test takers (percentage of test takers for a specific work experience group) on whom the analysis is done.

# The data published is taken from A Snapshot of the Individuals Who Took the GRE revised General Test released by the GRE Program.


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hii experts,i want to study mba in mba or abroad.instead of that i want to clear cat or gre.among this which easyto clear and what are the requirements too study mba in abroad and also im poor guy .so please some good institutes which has good reputation,good study with scholarships india or abroad

Megha 4th Apr, 2020

Hello Abhinesh !

As you want to pursue M.B.A. from abroad , you don't have to give CAT and GRE as CAT is for doing MBA in India B-school and GRE is for pursuing M.S from abroad , however there are some universities which accepts score of GRE for MBA , but GMAT is the exam in which you need to appear if you want to pursue MBA from abroad.

And , along with GMAT you have to appear for other English tests also , as foreign universities usually have a eligibility criteria regarding these test scores also like TOEFL etc.

Now , as per the recent outbreak happened may be you cannot pursue education from abroad this year , as many countries have declared lock down.

As per your financial conditions I will surely suggest you colleges , if you can tell me that in which year you want to pursue higher studies.

Also , I will suggest you to prepare for CAT as old IIM's have also a good ranks globally. But it depends on your interests that from where you want to pursue your education.

Hope it helps !


now iam pursuing my btech 2nd year.. after graduation iam thinking to go with it a right decision? can i get a job through MBA? Or should I continue with GATE or GRE..?

Suvakanta Sahu 25th Mar, 2020


you are in 2nd year. you have to good time to prepare. By the end 3rd year, preparation for campus will start. you can get a job at that time. You can prepare from now. how campus activity is done and what is to be prepared you can search in web.

MBA is good degree and chances of getting a good job is high. IIMs are best campus for MBA and provides high package campus drive. If you appear GATE then you can get job through PSU or go for MTech. GRE is will improve your english skills so that you can understand english said in foreign countries. Through GRE , you can go aboard and apply for higher studies.

every option is good and pursued by many candidates. you choose which one will be best option for you.



if i want to get myself admitted in the universities of US then do i need ielts or gre or sat certificates?

Ankita yadav 21st Mar, 2020
Hi aspirant
To study in foreign countries i.e. where English is an official language, all these countries ask for IELTS and they have different different scores for different countries. IELTS score lie between the scale of 0-9. And SAT is for graduation courses and GRE for master courses . And both of them have scholarships.

Hope this is helpful

Hi, I am having 10+ years of Experience & planning for ISB Exc MBA in strategic planning What would be the criteria for admission? is GMAT / GRE compulsory

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 7th Mar, 2020

The admission criteria for ISB Executive MBA is that-

  • You need to bachelor's degree.
  • They accept both GMAT and GRE marks. But most of the students prefer GMAT over GRE. So if you're appearing for GMAT, try to get a score above 700.
  • Work experience

Then you are eligible for ISB Executive MBA programme.


how to prepare for GRE? Which foreign countries (colleges) provide a scholarship on the basis of its marks if I want to pursue msc abroad?

lubhan cherwoo 23rd Feb, 2020

Getting a scholarship is more difficult than admission into a university and so you have to stand out of the crowd, details about universities and how to proceed further are mentioned below,

1. Check US News, (Edulix)

2. Go through the eligibility and prerequisites of those universities

3. Find out those Universities which match your profile and interests.

4. Try to apply in the early bird application of universities. (Sometimes applying earlier can enhance your chances to get a scholarship) .

5.Go to the "Financial Aid" section of universities website to know about scholarships.

But a high GRE score may not guarantee you a scholarship but a low GRE will reduce your chances to get one.

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