What is GRE?
The Graduate Record Examination, commonly referred to as GRE, is a required standardized test for students interested in gaining admission to Masters’ degree programs such as MS, MSc, MBA, etc. at foreign universities, especially universities in the US.
While there are Subject Tests and General GRE Tests, most universities usually require scores from the latter. The General GRE Test is designed to test the student’s ability to reason, with sections that include verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing.
Several students spend anywhere between one to three months preparing for this test, and some students even begin preparing for it sooner, so it goes without saying that this is a very competitive exam and you have your work cut out for you.
On the bright side, the exam can provide you with the opportunity to gain an edge over other students applying to the same program at the same universities.
On a side note, there are many top-tier universities outside the US, who don’t require students to provide GRE scores in order to apply for their Master’s Degree programs. So, if you are looking for admission to non-US countries, please conduct some research about whether you need to take GRE.
To help get you started, we’ve put together some basics.
What are the costs for GRE?
- Cost of GRE General Test: $205
- Rescheduling tests: $50
- Changing Test Centers: $50
- Resources and Services offered by ETS for GRE preparation: Free to $70
What is eligibility criteria for GRE?
GRE is a required standardized test for students interested in admission to Master’s degree programs such as MS, MSc, MBA, etc., at foreign universities, especially universities in the US.
In order to gain admission to any graduate degree program, a Bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement. So, you need a Bachelor’s degree to take GRE. You should also be over 18 years of age.
You must have a valid passport to take the GRE test. At the GRE test center, you would be required to produce your original passport as proof of your identity. So, if you don’t have a passport, and you are planning to take GRE in the near future, rush to get your passport!
How can you give your GRE?
If you wish to do your GRE, there are two ways to go about it. The age-old paper-delivered test that requires pencil and paper, both of which will be provided to you at the test center. If you prefer keys to pencils, you can always opt for the computer-delivered test.
How often can paper-delivered GRE tests be taken?
Tests can be taken as often as they are offered.
How long are the GRE test scores valid for?
Scores are valid for five years.
What are the test centers for paper-delivered GRE in India:
Ahmedabad: Ahmedabad International School
Bangalore: St. Josephs College of Commerce
Coimbatore: The South India Textile Research Association
Kolkata: Indian Institute of Psychometry
New Delhi: St. Michael’s Senior Secondary School
How often can computer-delivered tests be taken?
Tests can be taken five times, each after a period of 21 days.
How many universities can you send your test scores to?
When you register with ETS to take their GRE general test, they will provide you with the option of selecting four universities.
ETS lets you select these universities whenever you wish, so you can either select them prior to taking the test or after completing it. ETS will share your scores with these four universities at no extra cost around 10-15 days after your test date.
Later, you can send your score to as many universities as you want to apply to. For each of these additional universities, you need to pay a fee of $27.
To avoid spending money on sending your GRE scores to universities that may not suit your needs, you should prepare a shortlist of the universities that do. The list should contain ‘reach’, ‘match’ and ‘safe’ universities that cater to your needs.
These universities should ideally offer programs you are interested in that are within your budget and aligned with your career goals. Another point to keep in mind while making your list is to look into whether these universities offer scholarships or part-time opportunities.
Many of our students select universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Stanford. However, as scores can often fluctuate, this is very unwise.
Our counselors advise students to select their four universities after completing their exam, so they can select universities they have a better chance of getting into, thereby saving students the additional expense of having their scores sent to more universities than necessary.
What are the test centers for computer-delivered GRE in India?
Chennai: Prometric Testing Center;
Hyderabad: Prometric Test Center
Kolkata: Prometric Testing Private Limited
Mumbai: Prometric ETS Testing Center
How can you register for the GRE test in India?
There are three ways to register for the GRE test in India:
#1 Online Registration
Visit the ETS website (www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register) to create an account. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to fill in your details. After registering, you will proceed to the payment section, where you can pay the fees via credit or debit card. Yes, you must beg, borrow (and not steal!) a debit or credit card to pay for the GRE test fee.
#2 Mail Registration
If you would like to register via snail mail, you can download the registration form and mail it along with the payment to ETS-GRE, PO Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000, USA (If paying by credit or debit card) or ETS-GRE, Box 382013, Pittsburgh, PA 15251-8013, USA (if paying by money order or paper check). Keep in mind that ETS will need at least four months to process this.
#3 Phone Registration
In order to register by phone, call 91-124-4147700. Payment for the GRE test can be made using American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa credit/debit card. E-checks drawn against US bank accounts are also accepted. In order to make payments with a money order or paper check, you will need to request a GRE General Test Authorization Voucher by mail.
Can I reschedule or cancel my GRE registration?
You can reschedule or cancel your registration at any time. To avoid forfeiting your test fee, you must do so no later than four days before your test date. For example, the deadline to reschedule a Saturday appointment at a testing location in India is Tuesday.
You will be charged a fee for rescheduling your GRE test date. If you cancel your GRE registration, you will receive half of the original test fee.
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