All About GRE 2018 – Quick Facts, Registration, Eligibility, Exam Patterns

Are you preparing for going to any prestigious business school worldwide? If yes, GRE-Graduate Record Examination would be a perfect option that is accepted by top graduation and business schools across the globe. You can attempt the GRE Test any time of a year. For those who are preparing for GRE and want to get all information about GRE 2018, can find this post helpful. In this article, we will discuss the complete details around latest information of GRE including exam pattern to important dates and practice guide for GRE-2018. So, let’s dig deeper without wasting any more:

What is GRE?
As we already discussed, GRE General Test is a standardized test for all students who want to take admission in top business schools nationally or internationally. Aspirants interested in pursuing a higher education, especially Master's degree, specialized Master's course, MBA or a PhD degree can appear for the GRE. It is conducted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), a US-based organization. GRE score is accepted worldwide. That’s why many students make an attempt for GRE.

Why Should You be Entitled in GRE?
The GRE Test 2018 is available at over 1000 test centers in more than 160 countries. This test is made to assess your critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills?— which are developed over the course of many years. The purpose of GRE test is to prove among top business schools that you are a perfect fit for their program.

Exam Patterns
GRE 2018 is conducted in two modes; computer-based and paper-based formats. In addition to the GRE 2018 general test, there are seven GRE subject tests that evaluate candidates’ knowledge in their respective fields.?It covers three major sections- Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. While Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning are scored on a scale of 130 – 170, analytical writing is scored on a scale of 0-6. You should be competent in all three sections to score well. While practicing, you should take care in which part you are strong or which part needs more attention or improvements.

GRE Exam Eligibility
The only eligibility requirement for GRE is your identity documents. In India, you’ll need a valid passport. You’ll have to get your original passport (not photocopies), which clearly shows your full name, photograph and signature along with Aadhar card.

No other documentations (like birth certificate, international driving license etc.) can be used as an alternate identity proof. They are very strict about this.

Apart from identity documents, there are no set any age, qualifications, timing related pre-requisites demanded by ETS. However, there can be a range of eligibility criteria set by specific universities that accept your GRE scores. For each of their programs, they may have minimum age, experience and qualification related filters.

Type GRE
Test type GRE General (Aptitude) GRE Subject (Subjective)
GRE eligibility criteria No specific eligibility criteria to pursue postgraduate programmes
Test sections Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing
Test duration 3 hours 45 minutes
GRE score 130-170( per section) Analytical writing: 1-6

What will be the fees of GRE 2018?
GRE tests are not registered free. The charges for different services offered by ETS can be found at the link, In this link, you can also see various other services like changing exam centers and its respected fee including the list of free services. For the standard test administration, fee from all parts of the world other than Australia, China, Nigeria, and Turkey is $205. The fee policies are well documented on the website.

Special Handling Requests Fees
Late registration fee (paper-based test online registration only) $25
Standby testing (paper-based test only) $50
Rescheduling fee $50
Changing your test center $50

How to Register?
The ETS website will guide you throughput the registration process for GRE. Do not forget to read the reschedule and cancellation policies listed before you proceed with the registration. While registering for GRE, one has to be careful in providing the name as it has to be exactly the same as on the identification proof to be presented on the day of the test. ETS advises not to use short names or nicknames for registration.

Online registration is open for both the computer-based test takers and for the paper-based test takers. To do this the aspirants have to open “My GRE” account on One has to use his or her credit/debit card (American Express', Discover', JCB', MasterCard' or VISA') to pay the registration fees.

How many times you can appear in GRE?
For paper based GRE test, a candidate is allowed to appear as many times as it is offered throughout the year. For a computer based format, a candidate is allowed to attempt only once in every 60 days, but not more than five times in any continuous rolling twelve months period.

Important Dates
There are no specific test dates for GRE® General Test. The computer-based GRE Test 2018 is offered year-round at Prometric test centers. Aspirants can take the exam as per their requirement.

Practice Guide
Now you have all information regarding GRE 2018. So when you are appearing for the exam? However, it is really important that you should be well prepared for the exam. Take different practice tests that help you determine your current level and to improve your score.

When will the scores be published?
The scores are available within two to three weeks of the test for the computer-based test and this time interval is approximately four to six weeks for the paper-based test. Check the official website link, for the dates when the scores will be available before you schedule the test.

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