An Insider’s Guide to the GRE® General Test
Updated on Dec 11, 2017 - 9:17 a.m. IST by Shivani Bhatt
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The GRE® General Test is the most preferred test for graduate programmes all over the world. Getting ready for the GRE® General Test? The smart test features help test takers do their best. Preparation happens to be the best strategy for any test. The more prepared candidates, feel more confident on test day. This overview of the test with tips and strategies is a good place to start.

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What’s on the GRE® General Test?

The GRE General Test assesses the required skills of an applicant to complete and succeed in academic programmes such as master’s, MBA, specialized master’s in business and doctoral programs. It includes the following sections:

  • Analytical Writing

The first section of the GRE exam is analytical writing. The two tasks of analytical writing intend to evaluate the critical thinking and the ability to articulate complex ideas of the candidates. The two tasks of 30 minutes duration each are:

  • Analyze an Issue

  • Analyze an Argument

Analyze Issue Example:

Should animals be used for scientific or commercial testing?

Discuss your views for or against. Do explain your position with reasons and examples.


Analyse Argument Example:

Technology has connected us with people across the seas and at the same time alienating with people next door. We are connected with our friends all the time on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, and, texting. But, are our shiny smartphones actually hampering in real-life socializing? Could technology be making increasingly lonelier?

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Discuss the specific evidence needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument.

 

Verbal Reasoning

The test takers will be given two half an hour test sections on verbal reasoning. The section intends to evaluate the ability to understand what the content they read and apply their reasoning skills. This section has three types of questions:

  • Reading comprehension

  • Text completion

  • Sentence equivalence

Quantitative Reasoning

The quantitative reasoning section comprises of two 35-minute sections to evaluate the candidates’ skills of interpreting and analyzing quantitative information and solving math problems.

 

The GRE General Test also has an additional unscored section. The unscored section can appear randomly or as an identified research section at the end of the test.

 

Top Strategies for Preparing for the computer-delivered test:

The age-old adage about practice stands true for GRE General Test as well. Candidates should be prepared for the content type as well as the computer-delivered exam method. Hence, the more they practice, the better they will be able to perform.

 

Some of the most popular official resources to help the candidates get started are:

  • POWERPREP® Online

POWERPREP® Online gives a real test feel to the candidates. This free set includes an overview of each section. The format looks and works just like the real test. The questions are from the previously administered tests. Candidates can practice the “mark” and “review” features, the on-screen calculator to get a used to the timing. You can order the free tests at https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/powerprep/

  • The Official Guide to the GRE®General Test

    ETS offers an official GRE General Test guide from the website. The guide is packed with all the current information including the type of questions, answers, explanations, scoring, past questions as well as past tests for practice.

  • Math Review (PDF)

    The Math Review gives you an overview of all the basic concepts of Algebra, arithmetic, geometry, data analysis. The document comprises of all the concepts learned during school. To freshen up the memory get the Math Review PDF.

     

Where can students find additional support?

The GRE® social communities (FaceBook®, LinkedIn®) are full of advice and strategies. You can also connect with peers who are on the same path, and even ask questions of test experts there. Take a look:

 

Things to keep in mind along the way.

Some more tips to help candidates with their confidence before exam:

Ensure that the name used for registrations is exactly the same as the name that appears on the photo ID, a very important document that has to be carried to the test centre.

 

Candidates are not allowed to bring pens/pencils or rough paper. These are provided at the test centre.

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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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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.

Please check the link below which has the much needed information about the exam, pattern and syllabus. Hope it helps. Good luck!

https://studyabroad.careers360.com/articles/gre

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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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Sir, I would like to do my masters in biotechnology for that what type of GRE test should I apply I mean like GRE general test or GRE subject test (biology)

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.

Hope its help!!

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Graduation in dental surgery(5yr)+3 yr work ex. Masters in hopsital admin(2 yr) + 3 yr of work ex. Wish to pursue PhD in health allied course in USA. Am i eligible to apply also how much GRE score would be required to apply for a good university?

Fareeha 17th Feb, 2020

Hi aspirant!
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.

Good Luck!

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