GRE ® Exam

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is obligatory for most graduate schools in the United States of America. Educational Testing Service (ETS) non-profit organization created it and is its governing body, the exam intents to calibrate quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, critical thinking and verbal reasoning skills that have been accrued over a long period of time and that are not linked to any specific department of study. The GRE is a computer-based exam supervised at Prometric testing centers around the globe.In the graduate school admissions process, the level of attention that is given upon GRE scores diverge widely between schools and their departments. The prominence of a GRE score can differ from merely being an admission formality to an important selection factor.

GRE test is categorized into two types. The GRE General Test evaluates quantitative reasoning, analytical writing , critical thinking and verbal reasoning skills – the skills required in today’s challenging graduate and business school programs – as well as the GRE Subject Test that measures knowledge of a particular field of study helping students stand out from other applicants by emphasizing their knowledge and skill level in a specific subject.


The overall testing time for the computer-delivered GRE® revised General Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.

Structure of the Computer-delivered Test

Measure Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing
(One section with two separately timed tasks)
One “Analyze an Issue” task and one “Analyze an Argument” task 30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning
(Two sections)
20 questions per section 30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning
(Two sections)
20 questions per section 35 minutes per section
Unscored¹ Varies Varies
Research² Varies Varies

¹ An unidentified unscored section that does not count toward your score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. Questions in the unscored section are being tried out either for possible use in future tests or to ensure that scores on new editions of the test are comparable to scores from earlier editions.

² An identified research section that does not count toward your score may be included in place of the unscored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test. Questions in this section are included for ETS research purposes.

The Analytical Writing section will always be first. The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and unidentified/unscored sections may appear in any order; therefore, you should treat each section as if it counts toward your score.

Other Information

UG applications are direct. Bachelor of Medicine,Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bachelor of Dental Surgery - Closing date 31 August 2016. Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Bachelor of Physiotherapy - Closing date 30 September 2016. Some health courses, have earlier course deadlines: The deadline for Psychology is 30 October 2016. Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary), and Master of Teaching & Learning (Primary): deadline 1 December 2016. PG applications on a rolling basis.

Test Design Features

The advanced adaptive design of the GRE revised General Test allows you to freely move forward and backward throughout an entire section. Specific features include:

  • Preview and review capabilities within a section
  • “Mark” and “Review” features to tag questions, so you can skip them and return later if you have time remaining in the section
  • The ability to change/edit answers within a section
  • An on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section


Fees for the GRE ® revised General Test and Related Services

Fees are stated in U.S. dollars. Fees effective January 5, 2015.

Standard Test Administration  
GRE® revised General Test — worldwide $195

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

Test Preparation  
POWERPREP® II, Version 2.2 Software: Preparation for the Computer-delivered GRE revised General Test FREE
Practice Book for the Paper-based GRE® revised General Test, Second Edition(PDF) FREE
Math Review (PDF) FREE
Math Conventions (PDF) FREE
GRE® Success Starter: The Test Maker’s Guide to Doing Your Best (Video) $7
The Official Guide to the GRE® revised General Test, Second Edition (available in paperback, with CD and eBook versions; also available at many bookstores) $38*
Official GRE® Guide Mobile App $4.99
NEW! Official GRE® Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions, Volume One(available in paperback and eBook versions, also available at many bookstores) $20*
NEW! Official GRE® Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions, Volume One(available in paperback and eBook versions, also available at many bookstores) $20*
ScoreItNow!™ Online Writing Practice for the GRE revised General Test $20

Scoring Services  
View Scores Online FREE
GRE® Diagnostic Service FREE
Print Official Examinee Score Report Online FREE
Additional Score Reports (ASR) — per recipient $27
Question-and-Answer review service — Verbal Reasoning & Quantitative Reasoning sections only $50
Score Review for Analytical Writing measure $60
Score Review for Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures (Paper-delivered tests only) $50
Score Reinstatement Fee $50

Tools for Success  
GRE® Search Service Candidate Profile Listing FREE
ETS® Personal Potential Index (ETS® PPI) Evaluation Report, first four reports when combined with GRE revised General Test registration FREE
Additional ETS PPI Evaluation Reports, per report $20

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