The Graduate Record Examination 2019 or the GRE 2019 is an internationally recognised exam which is administered by Educational Testing Services or ETS. The GRE examination is taken by prospective students for postgraduate programs in foreign universities and GRE scores are accepted in colleges and universities in over 160 countries across the globe. The GRE tests a candidate upon his or her readiness for postgraduate level education and the testing areas for the GRE General Test include quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning and analytical writing. The GRE General test is a primary requirement for most international postgraduate programs.
Apart from the GRE General test, there are specialised GRE subject tests for candidates applying for niche postgraduate programs which require proof of subject expertise. The various GRE Subject Tests are:
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In order to apply for the GRE 2019 exam, candidates must first create an ETS account.
In order to prepare for the GRE 2019 test, candidates must keep the following preparation tips in mind:
Candidates should regularly practice vocabulary words with sentences rather than memorising word lists and meanings.
Candidates should read the verbal question slowly and in a sectional manner in order to properly comprehend the question and possible answers.
Candidates should practice verbal and quantitative questions in a timed environment.
Candidates should understand the quantitative concepts which commonly appear in the GRE General test.
Candidates should practice essay writing for both the issue and argument tasks of the Analytical Writing Assessment. Practice should be done in a timed environment.
Candidates should thoroughly understand the exam pattern and the type of questions in the GRE General test so as to be prepared on the test day.
The GRE General 2019 exam primarily comprises 3 sections:
The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections consist of multiple choice questions with one answer correct and multiple choice questions with more than one answer correct. The Analytical Writing Assessment section comprises 2 essay tasks. There is no negative marking in the GRE exam. Apart from the three scored GRE sections, another unscored section is provided by ETS for research purposes. This unscored section is either Quantitative or Verbal Reasoning and the candidate will not know which section is the unscored section prior to or after the exam.
GRE General 2018 Exam Pattern
Number of Questions
Analytical Writing Assessment
60 minutes (30+30)
2 essay tasks:
Analyse an Issue
Analyse an Argument
Can be either verbal or quantitative
The GRE Subject Test 2019 for Biology comprises 190 multiple choice questions which 5 options each. The test is divided into 3 broad sections which focus on the following domains:
The final score for the GRE Subject Test in Biology features a total score as well as individual subscores for each of the three subcategories.
The GRE Subject Test 2019 in Chemistry comprises approximately 130 questions which are multiple choice type. Along with the test booklet, candidates are provided with a periodic table as well as requisite physical constants and SI conversion factors. Logarithmic values are also provided where required. The exam content is divided into 4 broad subcategories of Chemistry which are:
The GRE Subject Test 2019 in Literature in English comprises approximately 230 questions of multiple choice type on various topics such as drama, history of the language, poetry, the short story, the essay, biography, criticism, the novel and literary theory.
The exam is broadly divided into four subcategories, namely:
The GRE Subject Test 2019 for Mathematics comprises approximately 66 questions of multiple choice type. These questions are from mathematical topics which are generally covered in undergraduate level mathematics.
Approximately 50% of the Mathematics exam are based on calculus and its various applications. Another 25% are based on linear algebra, number theory, abstract algebra and elementary algebra. There is no specific syllabus for this GRE Subject Test.
The GRE Subject Test 2019 for Physics comprises approximately 100 multiple choice questions with 5 choice each. The test focuses on fundamental concepts of Physics which are generally covered in undergraduate education. Along with the test booklet, candidates are provided with requisite physical constants as well as SI conversion factors. The exam content can be broadly classified into the following subcategories:
The GRE Subject Test 2019 for Psychology comprises approximately 205 questions of multiple choice type which have 5 choices each. The Psychology test's terminology and classifications adhere to those listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th edition). The exam content can be broadly classified into six subcategories:
The final score for the GRE Subject Test in Psychology features a total score as well as individual subscores for each of the six subcategories.
In order to ensure comprehensive preparation for the GRE General 2019 test, candidates must practice mock tests and sample papers.
Various GRE General practice tests are available for free in the Careers360 Sample paper store which candidates can use to hone their testing skills for GRE 2019.
Candidates should solve these papers in a timed environment in order to gain semblance of the test day conditions.
GRE General 2019 Scores:
The Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning sections are scored on a 130-170 point scale with 1 point increments. The total GRE General score is the summation of the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning scores and is calculated on a 260-340 point scale.
The Analytical Writing Assessment scores are reported separately and are calculated on a 0-6 point scale with 0.5 point increments. The Analytical Writing Assessment score does not contribute to the total GRE General score.
GRE Subject Test 2019 Score:
Each of the GRE Subject Tests 2019 is scored on a 200 to 990 point scale with increments of 10 points and the candidate’s raw score is determined by the number of questions he or she answers correctly. The GRE Subject Test for both Biology and Psychology also feature a score on a 20-99 point scale with increments of 1 point.
Yes, you may be able to crack the GRE exam easily with hard work and determination.
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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.
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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