GRE revised general test analysis 2011-2014
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardised test used for admission into various graduate and business schools in the US. The test, administered by the Educational Trust Service (ETS), assesses all the required skills for a candidate to obtain admission in a graduate or business school such as verbal ability, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. In August 2011, GRE General Test was replaced by GRE Revised General Test. Around half a million students appear for GRE Test from across the globe every year. The ETS report points out that among the test takers from 2011 to 2014, 45% were men and 50% were women. The rest 5% did not disclose the gender.
Among the test takers, 36% are non-US citizens and the dominance of US citizens is being continuing for a long time. Table 1 shows the ethnicity of the GRE test takers.
Table 1: Number of test takers from major countries
While analysing the age of the test takers, it was found that around 87% of the examinees are below the age of 30 years. Figure 1 shows the percentage of test takers in various age groups and gender. While the percentage of test takers under the age of 23 is 37%, 32% of test takers are between the age of 23 and 25. Only 4% of the test takers are above the age of 40 years.
Figure 1: Percentage of GRE test takers according to gender and age
The GRE test takers are intended to apply for various fields of study. The major fields in which the test takers applied for both graduate and undergraduate programmes are given below:
b) Banking and Finance
c) Business Administration and Management
b) Biological Sciences
c) Health and Medical Sciences
b) Curriculum and Instruction
c) Early Childhood Education
d) Elementary Education
e) Evaluation and Research
f) Higher Education
g) Secondary education
h) Special Education
i) Student Counselling and Personnel Services
b) Computer and Information Sciences
c) Earth, Atmospheric and Marine Sciences
d) Mathematical Sciences
e) Physics and Astronomy
a) Anthropology and Archaeology
c) Political Science
a) Chemical Engineering
b) Civil Engineering
c) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
d) Industrial Engineering
e) Materials Engineering
f) Mechanical Engineering
Humanities and Arts
b) English Language and Literature
c) Foreign Languages and Literature
a) Architecture and Environmental Design
c) Home Economics
d) Library and Archival Sciences
e) Public Administration
f) Religion and Theology
g) Social Work
In 2013-14, a total of 572779 GRE test takers applied for undergraduate courses and graduate courses. Table 2 provides the details of the students who applied for undergraduate and graduate courses (subject-wise).
Table 2: Number of GRE test takers who applied for undergraduate and graduate courses in 2013-14
Humanities & Arts
No Major provided
The table shows that the maximum number of GRE test takers opted for Life Science courses for both undergraduate and graduate courses. It is followed by social sciences.
The graduate students who appeared for GRE had various degree objectives in taking the test. According to Table 3, 40% intended to get a Master’s degree and 26% wanted to get a PhD degree.
Table 3: Graduate degree objective of GRE test takers in 2013-14
Graduate degree objective
Master’s (MA, MS, MEd.)
Intermediate (such as Specialist)
Less than 1
Doctorate (PhD. Ed.D)
Non-degree graduate study
Less than 1
Not currently planning graduate study
Less than 1
The table shows that while a huge majority of GRE test takers go for masters courses such as MA, MS and Med followed by PhD courses. Very few candidates go for non-degree graduate study and intermediate courses.
Table 4 shows the average full time work experience of the GRE test takers and the Mean and SD they got in Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing.
Years of full time work experience
No. of candidates
Less than one year
Over 30 years
Questions related to GRE
Im interested to do BBA in canada.Is it necessary to attempt GRE ?
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is a 4-year full time undergraduate course. To study in Canada, you must have qualified their secondary level education or equivalent to pursue this course.Basic Requirement is :IELTS- 6.5, TOEFL- 88, CAEL- 70 and PTE- 65In Canada, GRE is required for master's level admission, and some universities and programs may need a good score in the test too.
As you intend to study business, you don't require appearing for GRE exam.
Hope this helps!
If I want to go to uk, canada or usa to pursue higher studies, which exam should i give? GMAT,GRE,SAT,ACT, TOEFL OR IELTS? Also, please give me a comparisons between these exams
The type of exam should you give depends on the University you're looking for and also the course.
SAT or ACT is basically for Undergraduate courses while GRE and GMAT is for Postgraduate courses. TOEFL and IELTS are basically English Proficiency tests. They are given by the candidates whose native language is not English, it too varies according to the university. Every university has it's different criteria but if you're looking for Undergraduate course then you should give SAT as it is accepted by many universities and the language exam based on what the university is accepting.
LPU is not AICTE Approved neither a Demmed University ? I know its UGC Approved but , Will it cause problem in Higher studies Abroad and in India (GRE/GMAT/GATE) or problems in Off Campus Placement and Company Switching ? Please Give Correct Answer !!!! DO NOT GIVE LPU WEBSITE NOT HAVING AICTEREASON
Lets go point by point:
1. Universities DO NOT need AICTE approvals, as AICTE is not the regulatory authority for Universities.
2. LPU is a full fledged PRIVATE University established u/s 2F of UGC act. Deemed universities are those which run only one branch of courses and are not given FULL university status by UGC.
3. For higher studies abroad: LPU itself has tie ups with over 200 top universities world over. secondly, most universities abroad take the scores of GRE/GMAT/GATE etc, there are thousands of LPU students world over who have passed these examinations and are either studying abroad or have completed their studies.
4. Higher studies in India: All the LPU courses are recognized by all the universities in India for qualifying examination purpose due to UGC recognition.
5. Placements: LPU has one of the biggest and most elaborate placement process for thousands of its students in all the programs and more than 600 companies visit the campus for recruitment offering lucrative offers. Going to company switching later on, the skills attained in LPU act as catalyst in your career. Most of the technologies being taught in LPU improve your efficiency by leaps and bounds.
Hope this solves all the points.
How to shortlist the universities that matches your profile and is it advisable to apply with the low GRE score if GPA is satisfactory?
Try searching for the top universities and apply for them. If your GRE score is low but above the required score then a strong LOR of SOP may compensate for it. While selecting the candidates GRE is not the only criterion taken into account.
I want to pursue a PhD from english- speaking country. So do I need to take IELTS and GRE both?
Dear Akira a,
As per your query there is no need to go for both ,You can choose any of one Where you should good score .You can either GRE or IELTS or TOFEL .Score is much more important So as per my suggest please focus in one .