More than One Lac GRE Tests Taken from India in 2016 says ETS
Updated on Sep 29, 2017 - 3:39 p.m. IST by Shivani Bhatt

“Data shows that GRE test takers who thoughtfully changed their first answer were likely to improve their scores”, says Jason Baran, Senior Manager, Public Relations, at Educational Testing Service (ETS). He also reviews the various aspects of GRE® General Test including the test pattern and the preparation strategies.


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What makes the GRE® General Test the better option when one wishes to study or work abroad?

The GRE® General Test is the one admissions test that can be used to apply to a range of master’s, MBA, specialized master’s in business and doctoral programs. That means students need only take one test to have a world of options within reach. That may be why more students than ever before are submitting GRE® scores with their applications. GRE scores are accepted equally by top-ranked business programs throughout the world. Among them are some of the top global MBA programs, as ranked by The Financial Times, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. Plus, the GRE General Test offers smart features to help test takers show schools their best. To see a complete list of schools that accept GRE scores for their graduate and business programs, Click here.


Do tell us about the test-taker friendly aspects of the test. How do students benefit from these?

The GRE® General Test has features that allow students to apply more of their own test-taking strategies. Within each section of the computer-delivered test, test takers can:

  1. Preview and review questions

  2. Skip questions and go back

  3. Change answers

This is great news because recent data shows that most GRE test takers who thoughtfully changed their first answer were likely to improve their scores. And all test takers who skipped a question and later completed it received the same or better scores. To see the features in action, including the on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section, students can try the test for free with POWERPREPTM Online.


Could you let us know about the sections of the test and a few details of each along with scoring pattern?

The GRE® General Test consists of three scored sections: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning.


Official GRE® scores will consist of three separate scores - a Verbal Reasoning score, a Quantitative Reasoning score and an Analytical Writing score. The Verbal and Quant sections are each scored on a scale of 130-170, in one-point increments. The AW section is scored on a scale of 0-6, in half-point increments.




*An unidentified, unscored section that does not count toward a score may be included in any order after the Analytical Writing section.

**An identified research section may be included in place of the unscored section. Questions in this section are included for ETS research purposes and will not count toward your score.


What are the best ways to prepare for the test?

In truth, the best way for one student to prepare for test day success may not be the same as another student. In the end how to prepare is a personal decision each test taker should make based on the study methods they find most effective. As the maker of the test, ETS recommends that everyone gauge how much prep time they will need and on what skill sets they should focus their efforts. Taking a practice test or two using POWERPREPTM Online will help give test takers an idea of their strengths and areas for improvement. These FREE practice tests simulate the actual computer-delivered test and include the test-taker friendly design features you’ll encounter on test day, like moving back and forth between questions, changing answers within a section and the on-screen calculator.


After taking a simulated test, test takers should review all of the Official Prep materials available from the maker of the test and select those they feel will help them focus on the areas where they should invest more time.


For students wishing to do an MBA, which universities accept The GRE® General Test in India and abroad?

Many schools in India, including top schools such as Indian School of Business and Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, accept GRE® scores for their business programs. Throughout the world, nearly 1,300 business schools accept GRE scores for their MBA programs. Included are top programs, according to rankings by The Financial Times, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek, such as Harvard, IE, INSEAD, MIT Sloan, Stanford and Singapore Management University. Click here to see a full list of schools that accept GRE scores for MBA.


What is the validity of the test?
GRE® scores are valid for five years, so if test takers are undecided in their future plans or want a chance to take the test again to better their scores, they have plenty of time to do so. If they retest, students can opt to send only their best scores to the schools of their choice.


How many students on an average take the GRE® General Test from India as well as the world?

In the calendar year 2016, more than 100,000 tests were taken in India. During that same year, overall GRE test volume exceeded 718,000.


How has the test pattern evolved over the years? What are the latest additions or updates to the test, test pattern, scoring?

The GRE General Test has included the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing measures since 2002. Beginning in August 2011, ETS introduced significant changes to the content of the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing measures, as well as the test-taker friendly features. Also at that time, new 130-170 score scales for the Verbal and Quantitative sections were introduced. 


Why should someone take a GRE® Subject Test when the GRE® General Test is also used for admission to Master’s programs abroad?

The GRE® General Test was designed to assess general readiness for graduate-level work, and it measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills. The GRE® Subject Tests are achievement tests that measure knowledge of a particular field of study that is important for graduate study in that field. The Subject Tests are intended for students with an undergraduate major —and extensive background – in a specific discipline. GRE® Subject Test scores are the perfect way for students to showcase their in-depth subject matter knowledge, which can help them stand out from other applicants. Admissions or fellowship panels often use GRE Subject Test scores to supplement undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study.

For more information about the GRE® tests and how to prepare you can visit the official GRE Website at

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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!


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!


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!!


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!


What is GRE? What is its use? What is its qualifications?

Kanupriya Gupta 19th Jan, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

GRE is also called Graduate Record Examination and it tests your verbal reasoning skills, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. It is a 3 hour and 45 minutes test and it is mandatory if you are applying for a Masters or Doctorate in the US. It is computer-based. You also have the option of taking it multiple times and there is a limit of taking it the maximum five times in a year. You can attempt it only once in 21 days. These scores are valid for 5 years. For the verbal and quantitative section, GRE score falls around 150 to 152. If you get 165 you are have secured close to 95%. In the section of analytical writing, an average score would be 3.5, 6 being the highest.

The paper is as follows:

You will have to write two essays for the analytical writing section within the time limit of 30 minutes where you will have to analyse one argument and one issue.

You will face 20 questions in verbal and quantitative learning each.

There is an unsecured section at the end of the exam which is a dummy and does not carry marks but is to be filled so that the conducting body can get information about the candidate.

Countries like USA, Canada, Singapore, Australia and UK accept GRE scores. Other than determining your eligibility, GRE seems to enhance a candidates profile. Taking subject tests in GRE seems to be an additional advantage for specific courses abroad.

Hope this helps. All the best!

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