GRE FAQs is a knowledge base which provides answers for commonly asked questions. The answers for those frequent questions are given in a detailed manner along with some useful tips.


1. Who can apply for GRE?

 Undergraduates who want to pursue their masters in a graduate school in United
States or other English speaking countries apply for GRE.

2. What is GRE and who accepts GRE scores?

GRE is an acronym for Graduate Record Examinations. It is a standard test conducted by ETS (Educational Testing Service) to evaluate the skills of an individual in the areas of verbal and quantitative reasoning, analytical writing and critical thinking. Graduate schools and different departments within those graduate schools accept GRE scores for the admission of an individual into academic degrees or masters programs like PhD, MBA etc.

3. How can I register for GRE?

GRE can be applied by online, phone, and mail. You have to log on to official website to apply by online and a valid credit card or debit card is necessary.

4. What is the registration fee for GRE?

GRE registration fee differs from one country to another. For United States it is US$140 while for other regions it is US $ 160.

5. What are the additional test subjects in GRE apart from the general test?

Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Computer science, English Literature, Psychology, Biochemistry, cell and molecular Biology and Biology. These are the additional test subjects offered in GRE apart from the ones which is a general test for GRE.

6. I’m an undergraduate and I want to apply for GRE. Explain me the importance of GRE scores?

You might have scored high in your undergraduate degree and even a relevant work experience. But GRE scores are used by graduate schools to measure the success of an individual in an English speaking environment. Read the scores and comparisons:
GRE Scores - 35 to 50%
Academic Score or undergraduate score - 20 to 30%
Work experience - 0 to 10%
Technical papers – 0 to 10%
Thesis papers – 0 to 10%
Essay or LOR – 0 to 10%
Co curricular activities at an international level – 0 to 5%

7. How much time is required to prepare for GRE?

Approximately 2 months is required to prepare for GRE. Plan your preparation schedule as 3 hours per day. This time sufficient to improve your skills needed to take up GRE and to get familiar with the test format.

8. What should I carry to the test center? Am I allowed to use my calculator?

A valid identification proof should be carried on a test date with 3 well sharpened pencils and a good eraser. No calculators are allowed at a test center because there are no complex calculations for GRE. You have to be strong in mathematical concepts.

9. When can I reschedule my test date?

The test date can be rescheduled three days before the appointed test date. There is a charge of US$50 applicable.

10. Give me the list of acceptable identification documents for GRE registration and test centers.


Government-issued driver’s license

Military identification card

State/National ID card

11. When would I receive my admission ticket after registering for GRE?

You will receive your admission ticket three weeks after your registration. In case if you haven’t received the ticket 10 days before the test date, please do contact ETS and confirm your test center assignment.

12. How long the GRE scores are valid?

GRE scores are valid for 5 years. Scores older than 5 years are erased by ETS according to graduate program admittance policy

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