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The GRE is an essential admission test for graduate programs in USA and other countries. It boasts a test-taker friendly design and flexible user options.

The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) aims to measure general verbal, quantitative and analytical abilities critical for academic success in graduate schools. Like MBA candidates, Master’s degree candidates must demonstrate their abilities to undertake a rigorous graduate program in a good university.

The GRE is required for most Master’s degree programs except law, business and medicine. Each university determines its own required GRE score for admission into their graduate programs. The top universities typically require a higher GRE score. Outside of USA, few universities require the GRE for their Master’s programs.

The test duration of the GRE is 3 hour and 45 minutes and it is an adaptive test, meaning the difficulty level of the second section is determined by the performance of the test taker in the first section.

There are 6 sections :

  • One analytical writing section with 2 separately-timed writing tasks
  • Two verbal reasoning sections
  • Two quantitative reasoning sections
  • One unscored section, typically a verbal reasoning or quantitative reasoning section, that may appear at any point in the test


GRE subject tests are available for biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, chemistry, literature in English and mathematics, physics and psychology.

GRE scores are valid for 5 years.

For more information on GRE, visit the website of non-profit ETS at: www.ets.org.

You can also visit university websites to get more information about their GRE requirements.