About GRE 2018

The Graduate Record Examination 2018 or the GRE 2018 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:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
Exam level: University Level Exam
Languages English
Conducting Body: ETS
GRE General Test - Duration 3 Hours 45 Minutes +6 More

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GRE 2018 Important Dates

27 Oct, 2018 GRE Mathematics - Exam | Mode: Offline
27 Oct, 2018 GRE Biology - Exam | Mode: Offline
27 Oct, 2018 GRE Psychology - Exam | Mode: Offline
27 Oct, 2018 GRE Physics - Exam | Mode: Offline
27 Oct, 2018 GRE Literature in English - Exam | Mode: Offline
27 Oct, 2018 GRE Chemistry - Exam | Mode: Offline
  • There is no specific eligibility criteria for the GRE 2018 exam. Candidates must instead meet the individual eligibility criteria for prospective colleges and universities of application.
  • A candidate must carry a valid passport at the time of the GRE exam. 
  • As the GRE exam is for admission to postgraduate programs, it is generally expected that the candidate has completed or is near completion of his or her undergraduate study.

Mode of Application : Online

Mode of Payment : Credit Card | Debit Card

In order to apply for the GRE 2018 exam, candidates must first create an ETS account.

  • The candidate must register for a new account with ETS either online, via phone or via mail. The most common and simple application procedure is the online method. 
  • The candidate must fill in the required details and information in order to successfully create an ETS account. 
  • After creation of an ETS account, the candidate can schedule a GRE test.
  • The candidate must select which test he or she wishes to schedule: the GRE General or the GRE Subject test. 
  • The candidate must then select the desired test centre and the test date from dates available for that centre.
  • The final step in the application procedure is the payment of the exam fee for GRE 2018. For the GRE General Test, the fee is USD $205 and for the GRE Subject Test, the fee is USD $150.

GRE 2018 Preparation Tips

GRE General Test

In order to prepare for the GRE 2018 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.

GRE 2018 Exam Pattern

GRE General Test

The GRE General 2018 exam primarily comprises 3 sections:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Analytical Writing Assessment

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

Section

Duration

Number of Questions

Verbal Reasoning

30 minutes

20

Quantitative Reasoning

35 minutes

20

Analytical Writing Assessment

60 minutes (30+30)

2 essay tasks:

  • Analyse an Issue

  • Analyse an Argument

Unscored Section

Can be either verbal or quantitative

Varies


GRE Biology

The GRE Subject Test 2018 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:

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Organismal Biology
  • Ecology and Evolution

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.

GRE Chemistry

The GRE Subject Test 2018 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:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry

GRE Literature in English

The GRE Subject Test 2018 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:

  • Literary Analysis
  • Identification
  • Cultural and Historical Contexts
  • History and Theory of Literary Criticisms

GRE Mathematics

The GRE Subject Test 2018 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.

GRE Physics

The GRE Subject Test 2018 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:

  • Classical Mechanics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Optics and Wave Phenomena
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Atomic Physics
  • Special Relativity
  • Laboratory Methods
  • Specialised Topics


GRE Psychology

The GRE Subject Test 2018 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:

  • Biological
  • Cognitive
  • Social
  • Developmental
  • Clinical 
  • Measurement/Methodology

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.

GRE 2018 Mock Test

GRE General Test

In order to ensure comprehensive preparation for the GRE General 2018 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 2018. 

Candidates should solve these papers in a timed environment in order to gain semblance of the test day conditions.

GRE 2018 Exam Centers

GRE Biology

State City
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Karnataka Bengaluru
Tamil Nadu Coimbatore
West Bengal Kolkata
Maharashtra Mumbai
Delhi New Delhi
Rajasthan Pilani

GRE Chemistry

State City
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Tamil Nadu Coimbatore
Karnataka Bengaluru
Delhi New Delhi
Maharashtra Mumbai
Rajasthan Pilani
West Bengal Kolkata

GRE Literature in English

State City
Gujarat Ahmedabad
West Bengal Kolkata
Maharashtra Mumbai
Delhi New Delhi
Tamil Nadu Coimbatore
Karnataka Bengaluru
Rajasthan Pilani

GRE Mathematics

State City
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Karnataka Bengaluru
Tamil Nadu Coimbatore
West Bengal Kolkata
Maharashtra Mumbai
Delhi New Delhi
Rajasthan Pilani

GRE Physics

State City
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Karnataka Bengaluru
Tamil Nadu Coimbatore
Delhi New Delhi
West Bengal Kolkata
Maharashtra Mumbai
Rajasthan Pilani

GRE Psychology

State City
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Rajasthan Pilani
Maharashtra Mumbai
Tamil Nadu Coimbatore
Delhi New Delhi
West Bengal Kolkata
Karnataka Bengaluru

Documents Required at Exam

  • Valid government issued passport
  • The GRE 2018 result for the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections is displayed on the computer screen of the candidate immediately after completion of the exam. This makes up the overall GRE General 2018 score of the candidate.
  • The score for the Analytical Writing Assessment section is available with the unofficial score report approximately 10-15 days after the test day. 
  • The GRE Subject Test 2018 score reports are available to the candidates online approximately 5 weeks after the date of the test. Candidates will receive an email from ETS once the GRE Subject Test scores are available.

GRE General 2018 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 2018 Score:

Each of the GRE Subject Tests 2018 are 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.

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