New GRE: No more rote learning
Updated on Mar 18, 2017 - 3:08 p.m. IST by David Payne
  • With a brand new format, scoring scale and test-taking interface, the revised GRE General Test attempts to offer much to applicants. With the freedom to move back and forth, edit or change answers, and skip and return to questions, all within a section, candidates have the ability to use more of their own test-taking strategies.

    No more analogies, antonyms

    In the GRE Verbal Reasoning section of the new format, there is less reliance on vocabulary out of context. At the end of the day, memorising vocabulary out of context isn’t going to help in your MBA programme. You will be reading passages, trying to understand the author’s main thesis and conflicting points of view. Now you will be doing a lot of Reading Comprehension types of tasks and if you get better at Reading Comprehension, that’s going to help you in the educational arena and beyond.


    The best place to start is on GRE website. Here test-takers will find GRE sample questions for:


    • GRE Verbal Reasoning

    • GRE Quantitative Reasoning

    • GRE Analytical Writing


    The test-takers can access GRE software free download. It gives students a simulated test-taking experience and a Mathematics review to prepare them for the Quantitative Reasoning section.


    Scoring is more reflective

    It used to be 200-800 in 10-point increments for both Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning. So if A scored 620 in Verbal and B scored 600, 620 sounds a lot higher than 600 but it’s really only two score points and not a significant real-world difference between the two. The new score scale will go from 130-170 in one point increments. Now A’s score would be 162 and B's  164. We think the new score scales will minimise misinterpretations of such small score differences. Analytical Writing will be scored from 0-6.


    David%20Payne%20PicEnd of rote learning

    David Payne
    , VP & COO Higher Education Division, ETS, and former Dean SUNY Binghamton’s Graduate School, who heads the GRE programme shares some useful snippets with Merril Diniz


    Q. Does GRE have an edge over GMAT?

    A. It’s literally a matter of time when all B-Schools accept GRE scores. Price-wise, GRE is 60 US Dollars cheaper than GMAT. Also, employers have been telling us for years that success in the work required skills like team work or resilience. So, we introduced the ETS Personal Potential Index (PPI) in 2009, which provides B-Schools information on 6 critical non-cognitive skills - Knowledge and Creativity, Team Work, Ethics, Resilience, Planning & Organization, Ethics & Integrity. GRE test-takers can access this for no extra cost (scroll down to view the sample report).


    Q. How does the tool work?

    A. If you were applying to a B-School or a set of them, you can identify three or four faculty members who agree to evaluate you. They will get an e-mail asking them to answer a set of 24 questions, which evaluate you on all six dimensions. Even if they’ve taken the GMAT test they can use the tool.


    Q. Do students really need coaching for a good GRE score? Your perspective on this…
    It’s the decision of the individual student but we try to make sure that the playing field has been levelled by making test preparation materials and practice tests available for free. If not, then a student who is more affluent can afford to go to a coaching school and will have an unfair advantage. We work hard to reduce such gaps. 

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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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