GRE revised general test analysis 2011-2014
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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

Country

2010

2011

2012

2013

United States

457648

489098

401286

422668

Bangladesh

1150

2082

1302

2158

Canada

5880

6508

6032

6678

China

49286

60942

60849

67260

France

1656

1568

1409

1619

India

47264

65337

52792

88884

Iran

7035

6449

5671

5038

Pakistan

2027

2606

1900

2455

Singapore

2949

3462

1672

1857

Taiwan

2458

2276

3079

4180

Turkey

3145

3363

3148

3220

United Kingdom

24

2219

2998

3390

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

Diagram

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:

  • Business

    a)      Accounting

    b)      Banking and Finance

    c)      Business Administration and Management

  • Life Sciences

    a)      Agriculture

    b)      Biological Sciences

    c)       Health and Medical Sciences

  • Education

    a)      Administration

    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

  • Physical Sciences

    a)      Chemistry

    b)      Computer and Information Sciences

    c)       Earth, Atmospheric and Marine Sciences

    d)      Mathematical Sciences

    e)      Physics and Astronomy

  • Social Sciences

    a)      Anthropology and Archaeology

    b)      Economics

    c)       Political Science

    d)      Psychology

    e)      Sociology

  • Engineering

    a)      Chemical Engineering

    b)      Civil Engineering

    c)       Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    d)      Industrial Engineering

    e)      Materials Engineering

    f)       Mechanical Engineering

  • Humanities and Arts

    a)      Arts

    b)      English Language and Literature

    c)       Foreign Languages and Literature

    d)      History

    e)      Philosophy

  • Other fields

    a)      Architecture and Environmental Design

    b)      Communications

    c)       Home Economics

    d)      Library and Archival Sciences

    e)      Public Administration

    f)       Religion and Theology

    g)      Social Work

    h)      Other

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

Subject Area

Undergraduate

Graduate

Business

18357

30866

Education

12143

29509

Engineering

72388

84398

Humanities & Arts

39330

27203

Life Sciences

101272

121375

Physical Sciences

53861

71211

Social Sciences

75605

70390

Other Fields

24986

28750

Undecided

5190

29734

No Major provided

169647

79343

Total

572779

572779

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

Number

Percentage

Master’s (MA, MS, MEd.)

230067

40

Intermediate (such as Specialist)

2611

Less than 1

MBA

12215

2

Doctorate (PhD. Ed.D)

149991

26

Postdoctoral Study

5555

1

Non-degree graduate study

822

Less than 1

Not currently planning graduate study

989

Less than 1

No response

170529

30

Total

572779

100

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.

   

 Verbal Reasoning

 Quantitative Reasoning

 Analytical Reasoning

Years of full time work experience

No. of candidates

Percent

Mean

SD

Mean

SD

Mean

SD

Less than one year

202884

35

150.9

8.0

152.6

8.6

3.6

0.8

1-2 years

83611

15

150.8

8.3

151.8

8.3

3.6

0.8

3-4 years

35284

6

151.0

8.6

151.2

8.4

3.6

0.9

5-7 years

23505

4

152.0

8.6

150.3

8.3

3.6

0.9

8-10 years

12187

2

152.3

8.4

148.8

8.1

3.6

0.8

11-14 years

6071

1

152.4

8.3

148.0

8.0

3.6

0.8

15-19 years

4651

1

152.7

8.4

147.4

8.3

3.6

0.8

20-29 years

4003

1

153.5

8.1

146.7

7.8

3.6

0.8

Over 30 years

1313

<1

152.6

8.4

148.0

8.6

3.5

0.8

No response

199270

35

148.5

8.7

153.8

9.4

3.3

0.9

Total

572779

100

150.2

8.5

152.5

8.9

3.5

0.9


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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)

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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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hi I always want to crack GRE is that possible

Fareeha 17th Feb, 2020

Hi aspirant!
Yes, you may be able to crack the GRE exam easily with hard work and determination.

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I am a student of galgotias university and my gre score is 310 and having 8+ cgpa in mechanical engineering. I done two intenships one from DRDO and other one from Indian railway. Also i had done two research paper. What are my chances of getting technical university of Munich or Berlin.?

dheeraj reddy 14th Feb, 2020

Hi sajal

As far as CGPA is considered, you meet the minimum requirement stated by both the TUs. Also as you know, for selection, your overall profiles matters. I see you have mentioned 2 research papers. They would add a great value to your application if they are relevant to the Masters you are applying.

GRE is not mandatory for TU Berlin and most of the programs in TUM too.

You would need an IELTS score of minimum 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 88 for clearing language requirements.

You would need German language proficiency of atleast C1 level ( only if you are applying for a course with German taught modules). Also even for english taught programs, having a basic German proficiency of A2 level would greatly help in your application.

For TUM, they might conduct a further aptitude assessment depending on the strength of your application.

Your internships would add value only if they are relevant to your field of study (the Masters you are applying).

Apart from the above mentioned, Your Statement of Purpose (SOP) / Letter of Motivation and Letters of Recommendation would also have a key impact on your application. Make sure you describe well how your past experiences ( internships, research exp, any work exp) and the masters program you are going to undertake would help in your future goals.

I hope I was helpful to you. Remember again , your overall profile matters. Don't be discouraged if you fall short in any one of the aspects.

With research papers, internships, you are already ahead of several applicants. You have a good chance for any Masters degree relevant to Mechanical Engineering. Goodluck!



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Swatika Sharma 24th Jan, 2020

Hello Greeshma,

As you didn't mention anything so I'm expecting you to be an undergraduate or you are pursuing it. First of all, I recommend you choose what you want to accomplish in future: Do you want to do your postgraduate, Abroad or in India itself?

GRE (Graduation Record Examination) is a universally comprehended exam which is supervised by ETS ( Education Testing Services). GRE examination is taken by future aspirants for postgraduate programs in foreign universities and its score are approved in over 160 countries colleges and universities across the world. GRE exam is conducted in two types such as- GRE general test and GRE subject test.

GRE general test is the primary requirements for most of the postgraduate programs in Abroad or in India which consists of verbal perception, analytical writing and quantitative reasoning while GRE subject test is specifically for subjects which you are looking for like biology.

In India, there are very few technical colleges which are accepting GRE scores but for not the same course you are opting for, while there are so many colleges or universities in Abroad which approved or accepted GRE scores.

In my opinion, the GRE general test should be given for admission in Postgraduate programs.  Along with the GRE general test, it's best for you to give the subject test (in biology ) which give extra weightage to your academic record either it's your choice.

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Fareeha 17th Feb, 2020

Hi aspirant!
Yes, you are definitely eligible to pursue PhD from USA.

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