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 ageThe 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
Not currently planning graduate study
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
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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)
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.
Yes, you may be able to crack the GRE exam easily with hard work and determination.
Please check the link below which has the much needed information about the exam, pattern and syllabus. Hope it helps. Good luck!
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!
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.
Hope its help!!
Yes, you are definitely eligible to pursue PhD from USA.
Kindly look up for edibility criteria for the colleges where you wish to apply. Some colleges do not require GRE scores for admissions in PhD. The criteria differs in each college.
However, you may have to appear for TOEFL/IELTS. Usually scores between 98-120 is accepted in most of the colleges.
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