GRE FAQs

GREĀ® scores are a proven measure of an applicant's readiness for graduate-level work and of their potential for success. The GRE is required for admission to most graduate schools and a growing number of business schools. The GRE General Test features ScoreSelect, which allows you to decide which scores to send to schools.

The GRE General Test measures skills that have been developed over time and are integral to the type of thinking required in graduate school.  

  • Verbal Reasoning -- Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.
  • Quantitative Reasoning -- Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
  • Analytical Writing -- Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.

Who Takes the GRE?

Prospective graduate and business school applicants who are interested in pursuing a master's, MBA, specialized master's in business or doctoral degree take the GRE revised General Test.

How are the GRE scores used?

GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study.

How is the GRE scored?

Verbal and Quantitative scores are from 130 to 170 in one-point increments. Analytical Writing scores are from 0-6 in half-point increments.

Who Accepts the GRE?

The GRE revised General Test is accepted at thousands of graduate and business schools as well as departments and divisions within these schools. Please check with your school of choice for specific acceptance requirements.

how much does the gre cost?

$205 for the GRE General Test - Computer delivered
For other fees that may be associated with the GRE, click here: https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about/fees

What topics are on the GRE?

Verbal Reasoning
  • Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material
  • Synthesizes information obtained from the readings
  • Analyzes relationships among component parts of sentences
  • Recognizes relationships among words and concepts
Quantitative Reasoning
  • Measures problem-solving ability
  • Focuses on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis
  • Solves problems using mathematical models
Analytical Writing
  • Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills
  • Examines your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively

what type of math do i need to know for the GRE?

The GRE measures your knowledge of basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis. In addition, students are assessed on their ability to reason quantitatively and to solve problems in a quantitative setting.

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What is the timing for the sections on the GRE?

The GRE consists of two 30-minute Analytic essays, two 30-minute Verbal sections with 20 questions in each section and two 35-minute Quantitative sections with 20 questions in each section. There are two additional unscored sections that may appear in any order after the analytical writing section.

How do I register for the GRE?

You may register online.

When and Where Do People Take the GRE?

The GRE revised General Test is available at more than 1,000 test centers in more than 160 countries. In most regions of the world, the computer-delivered test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year. In areas of the world where computer-delivered testing is not available, the paper-delivered test is available up to three times a year in October, November and February.

Check the ETS GRE website for testing centers near you: https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register/centers_dates/

Are calculators allowed on the GRE?

You may use the on-screen calculator that is provided with the test. You may not bring your own calculator.

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