Boasting an increasing popularity among Indian test takers, GRE is displaying record test takers of more than 90,000 annually in the country.

In this interview with Careers360, Dawn Piacentino, Director of Communication and Services, GRE Program at ETS, talks about the factors that has led to such rise.

Piacentino also discusses about the changes made to the GRE exam pattern and the impact it has had on the test takers.

 Below are the edited excerpts from teh interview:

Careers360: Can you give an estimate of the number of students appearing for GRE from India?
Dawn Piacentino: In 2013, GRE volumes in India increased by more than 70% over 2012, recording annual GRE test volumes greater than 90,000 from that region alone. We have not yet released 2014 data.

 

Careers360: What according to you are the factors behind the increase in GRE takers?
Dawn Piacentino: The GRE revised General Test is the world’s most widely accepted admissions test for graduate and business schools.  No matter what advanced degree a test taker is considering, he or she will have more opportunities for success with the GRE revised General Test. In fact, in addition to the thousands of graduate schools around the world accepting GRE scores for their master’s and doctoral programs, more than 1,100 business schools worldwide also accept GRE scores for admission to MBA, specialized master’s and other graduate business programs. The test measures the skills that are important for success at the graduate level: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing. 

 

Careers360: What are the recent changes in the exam pattern of GRE?
Dawn Piacentino: When the GRE revised General Test was introduced in August 2011, it represented significant changes.

Some of the enhancements include the following:

  • Less reliance on vocabulary out of context, more emphasis on reading — and no antonyms and analogies
  • New navigation features, including the ability to edit or change answers and skip questions and go back to them later, within a section, giving students the freedom to use more of their own personal test-taking strategies
  • New types of questions in the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections, many featuring real-life scenarios that reflect the kind of thinking they’ll do in today’s demanding graduate and business school programs
  • New question types, like entering a number or selecting more than one answer choice when asked, so they can better demonstrate what they know
  • The introduction of an on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section.

The GRE revised General Test also has new score scales for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures. Scores for those measures are reported on a 130–170 score scale, in 1-point increments. Scores for the Analytical Writing measure continue to be reported on a 0–6 score scale, in half-point increments.

In addition, it is important to note that the ScoreSelect option was introduced in July 2012. Now students can select the scores from their history that they want to send to institutions.

 

Careers360: How does the change impact the students appearing for GRE?
Dawn Piacentino: The GRE revised General Test better reflects the kind of thinking students do in graduate or business school and provide an even better test-taking experience. The new types of questions more closely align with the skills needed to succeed in today’s demanding graduate and business school programs.

 

Careers360: The GRE is increasingly giving competition to GMAT for admission into business schools. What is ETS doing to give GRE an edge over GMAT?
Dawn Piacentino:
The GRE revised General Test is the ONLY admissions test that is accepted by graduate and business school programs worldwide, giving test takers more opportunities for success.  It is also the only test that features a test-taker friendly design that lets test takers use more of their own testing strategies.  The GRE revised General Test also features the ScoreSelecttest takers decide which scores to send so if they take the test once or more than once, test takers can send only the scores they want schools to see.

 

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Im interested to do BBA in canada.Is it necessary to attempt GRE ?

Ketaki Dhotre Student Expert 18th May, 2020

Dear,

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!

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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

Anantika Kushwaha 30th Apr, 2020

Hello Aspirant,


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.

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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

Dharamveer Dheer 6th May, 2020

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.

DVD



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How to shortlist the universities that matches your profile and is it advisable to apply with the low GRE score if GPA is satisfactory?

Anantika Kushwaha 13th Apr, 2020
Hello Aspirant,


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.
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I want to pursue a PhD from english- speaking country. So do I need to take IELTS and GRE both?

Suvakanta Sahu 8th Apr, 2020

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 .

Thanks

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