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GRE 2019 Exam

What is GRE?

The GRE General Test is the world’s largest assessment program for graduate admissions. The full form of GRE is Graduate Record Examination. Over a half million individuals take the GRE General Test in over 1,000 test centers in 160 countries every year, and scores are accepted at thousands of graduate programs around the world, for masters and doctoral degrees. More than 1,200 business schools around the world accept the GRE, including top-ranked MBA programs according to The Financial Times, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. And a handful of law schools in the US accept GRE scores, including a few of the very best schools: Harvard, Columbia, Georgetown, and Northwestern.

Why take the GRE?

This is the most commonly accepted by universities for admission to graduate programs. Students looking to pursue master's, MBA, or Ph.D. takes the GRE General Test. Also, students take GRE test to secure a merit-based scholarship for the grad school. The GRE Test is accepted by thousands of graduate schools across the world. apart from this, various Business and Law schools and different departments within these schools accept the GRE test 2019.

GRE 2019: Key Highlights

Exam Name


GRE full form

Graduate Record Examination

Official Website


Most popular for

MS courses in USA

Also accepted for

MBA courses outside India

Conducted by

ETS (Educational Testing Service)

Mode of Exam

Computer and Paper – delivered test


US $205

Score Range

Verbal Reasoning score range: 130–170

Quantitative Reasoning score range: 130–170

Analytical Writing score range: 0–6

GRE Contact

+91-1244517127 or 000-800-100-4072

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. IST

Email: GRESupport4India@ets.org

The Graduate Record Examination or more commonly referred to as GRE is one of the largest assessment programs for admission to graduate courses worldwide. Students planning to pursue admission to graduate programs abroad are required to undertake the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). There is no prescribed age limit or qualification required for candidates to appear for GRE 2019, however, since GRE is an assessment test for admission to graduate courses, candidates are expected to have successfully completed their undergraduate program. Candidates should note that not all programmes and universities require candidates to have a GRE score for admission to graduate programs. Whether a candidate requires to appear for his GRE is entirely on the discretion of the university and the course he is pursuing.

GRE Eligibility

A Bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for seeking admission in any master’s program.  Therefore, it is an essential qualification for taking GRE. Also, the candidate must be over 18 years of age.

Types of GRE

There are basically two types of GRE:

GRE General Test

The GRE General Test takes into account verbal reasoning, quantitative ability, and analytical writing skills. Most universities accept the general test score and usually a majority of students opt for this test. It takes place all around the year and candidates can choose their date of taking the exam as per their convenience.

GRE Subject Test

The GRE Subject Test measures the candidate’s achievement in a particular subject area. These tests are conducted for the following subjects, Biochemistry (Cell and Molecular Biology), Biology, Chemistry, Literature (English), Math, Physics, and Psychology. The exam is conducted on a fixed date for everyone like an entrance exam. This test is required for specialized courses.

GRE Registration

There are four ways you can register for GRE exam in India.

Online Registration

Exam registration is done online and you need an account for the same. Click here to create a new account. Once the candidate has logged on to the GRE official website, s/he will have to fill in the required basic information like name, address etc. Payment can be made by credit/debit card only. After the completion of these steps, the candidate can log in and select the date and place to take the exam. 
Note: Online registration is not available for test takers with disabilities or health-related issues.

Mail Registration

Print and complete the Application Form, and send it to the following address along with the appropriate fee – 
2nd floor, DLF Infinity Tower–A
Sector 25, Phase II,
DLF City, Gurgaon,
Haryana – 122002 
The form must be received at least three weeks before your choice of the earliest GRE test date. A confirmation number, reporting time and the test center address will be emailed, faxed or mailed to you.

Phone Registration

Call the Regional Registration Center (RRC), which is ‘Prometric’ located in Gurgaon, Haryana. The phone number is 91-124-4147700. The call must be made at least two business days before your preferred test date. A confirmation number, reporting time and the test center address

Fax Registration

Print and complete the Application Form and send it to 91-124-4147773 with the appropriate fee. The form must be received at least seven days before your first choice of the test date.

Candidates wanting to pursue graduate studies abroad are required to qualify their Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). Candidates are required to check with their university admission guidelines and accordingly start preparing for the test. Candidates can check out the latest GRE Syllabus and the GRE Exam Pattern below.

Two test formats

GRE exam has two test formats - GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test. The GRE syllabus is different for each.

  • GRE General Test: General Test is the standard exam that tests students’ verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing skills.
  • GRE Subject Test: For more specific courses a Subject Test might be required by the college, as Subject Test focuses on judging the candidate’s expertise in specific fields. 
What are the Skills Tested in GRE?
  • Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning 
GRE Syllabus for General Test

Here is the GRE exam syllabus covering writing syllabus, verbal reasoning syllabus, and Math syllabus:

Analytical Writing

The analytical writing section aims to measure the test taker's ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively, support ideas with relevant reasons and examples, examine claims and accompanying evidence, sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion and control the elements of standard written English. 

Verbal Reasoning

The verbal reasoning section aims to measure the test taker's ability to analyze and draw conclusions from discourse, reason from incomplete data, identify author's assumptions and/or perspective, select important points, distinguish major from minor or relevant points, summarize text, understand the structure of a text, understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts and understand relationships among words and concepts. 

List of topics covered under the verbal section
  • Basic Sentence structure: Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives
  • Verb Tense
  • Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
  • Pronoun Agreement
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Modifiers
  • Parallelism 
Quantitative Reasoning

The quantitative reasoning section aims to measure the test taker's ability to understand quantitative information, interpret and analyze quantitative information, solve problems using mathematical models, and apply basic mathematical skills and elementary mathematical concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics. 

List of topics covered in Quantitative Reasoning

Ratio and proportion

Profit and loss

Simple and compound interest

Speed, distance and time

Permutation & combination

Linear equations

Quadratic equations

Sets Theory


Powers and roots


Pipes, cisterns, work, time

Lines and angles





Co-ordinate geometry

Order of operations

Volume and surface area


Number properties

GRE Subject Test Syllabus

GRE syllabus for Subject Test consists of the following subjects: 


The test consists of approximately 190 five-choice questions related to Biology. The topics include:

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Organismal Biology
  • Ecology and Evolution 

The test consists of approximately 130 multiple-choice questions related to the four fields into which chemistry has been traditionally divided

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry 
Literature in English

Each edition of the test consists of approximately 230 questions on poetry, drama, biography, the essay, the short story, the novel, criticism, literary theory and the history of the language.

  • Literary Analysis
  • Identification
  • Cultural and Historical Contexts
  • History and Theory of Literary Criticism 

The test consists of approximately 66 multiple-choice questions drawn from courses commonly offered at the undergraduate level.

  • Algebra          
  • Calculus
  • Additional Topics 

The test consists of approximately 100 five-choice questions, some of which are grouped in sets and based on such materials as diagrams, graphs, experimental data and descriptions of physical situations.

  • Classical Mechanics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Optics and Wave Phenomena
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Atomic Physics
  • Special Relativity
  • Laboratory Methods
  • Specialized Topics 

The test consists of approximately 205 multiple-choice questions. Each question in the test has five options from which the examinee is to select the one option that is the correct or best answer to the question.

  • Biological
  • Cognitive
  • Developmental
  • Social
  • Clinical
  • Measurement/Methodology/Other 

Since the GRE exam  is taken by students of varying backgrounds, an average GRE score differs for every subject. An engineering student will need higher marks in the Quantitative section and arts and humanities student will need higher marks in the Verbal section. Before starting with a preparation strategy, you need to identify what is a good GRE score for your program. Here is a table which will give you a rough idea about good scores which are subject averages. 

Computer-based Test – Across all sections, all questions contribute equally to the total score. At the end of the test, a raw test score is computed. The raw test score is the number of questions you answered correctly. Through a process called equating, which takes into account the difficulty of the questions, the raw scores for both the sections are converted into scaled scores on the 130–170 scale. Both the Verbal and the Quantitative portions of the exam are section adaptive, meaning that a student’s performance on the first section of a type determines how difficult the second section of that type will be. The better a student performs in the first section, the more difficult the second section will be. Answering difficult questions correctly increases the chances of a higher exam score. 

Paper-based Test - For the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections of the paper-based GRE exam, a raw score is computed. The raw score is the number of questions answered correctly. The raw score is then converted into a scaled score through a process known as equating; the exam scores are converted on the scales of 130 – 170, in the manner similar to computer-based test.