What is the Purpose of GRE Exam?

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What is the Purpose of GRE Exam?

The GRE examination is an examination taken by students to enroll in graduate school. The examination tests the quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and verbal skills of a candidate. It is conducted for a duration of 2 hours, Globally, more than 300+ B-schools and 80+ law schools accept the GRE scores. Countries like the USA, UK, New Zealand, and Australia accept the GRE exam results. Keep reading to learn more about the purpose of the GRE examination, and the benefits of taking the examination.


What is the Overall Purpose of the GRE?

The main purpose of the GRE is to ascertain the test-taker’s readiness for postgraduate studies. The GRE results are also accepted by graduate and business schools worldwide. The following are the main purposes of the GRE exam sections:

Purpose of GRE Verbal Reasoning

To ascertain a candidate’s ability to identify relationships between concepts, and words, evaluate, analyse, and understand information from written material, and determine relationships among parts of sentences

Purpose of GRE Quantitative Reasoning

The GRE’s quantitative reasoning section tests a candidate’s mathematical knowledge, quantitative reasoning skills, and capacity to model and solve problems.

Purpose of GRE Analytical Writing 

The purpose of this section is to analyze the test taker’s critical thinking and analytical writing skills.  It is a 30-minute section where the test taker has to analyze the issue and develop an argument with reasons and examples.

Purpose of GRE Experimental/research section 

The experimental section is used for research purposes. The difficulty level of each question is accessed. The ETS may include these in the future tests.

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Why do people take the GRE?

The GRE examination is taken by students who want to enrol in a graduate/business/law school abroad. For example, to study in USA or Canada. The GRE exam measures the verbal reasoning, analytical reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills of the candidates. Those who secure good GRE scores can demonstrate the same to the university they want to enrol in. It helps students to meet the eligibility requirements of the university. Moreover, the examination is taken by those who want to apply for fellowships for postgraduate courses. However, it is important to note that the GRE is not the only eligibility criterion. Meeting the English proficiency requirement, academic qualifications, proof of finances, and presenting LORs and SOPs are equally important.

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Why do graduate schools want GRE scores?

Graduate Schools want students to submit GRE scores as it helps them to compare applicants’ scores. Since the GRE test is a standardized and objective test, the scores are reliable. The GRE scores are valid for a period of 5 years.

Benefits of a Good GRE Score 

There are several benefits of taking the GRE examination.  A good GRE score is subjective and is dependent on the university. However, a score above the 75th percentile is considered as good.  While a score above the 90th percentile is considered an excellent score. Therefore, we can say that a score above 318 is considered as good and a score above 329 is considered as excellent. Similarly, a score of 300 is considered average. Below are some of the advantages of taking the GRE examination

  • A good GRE score is an indicator that the student is prepared to take the graduate examination.
  • GRE examination provides an objective measure to help universities compare university applications
  • Good GRE scores can open doors for graduate admission for candidates worldwide
  • Some universities even offer GRE-based tuition reduction grants. It is also possible to receive full funding for top programs with a good GRE score, and adequate work experience
  • Moreover, some universities use the GRE scores to compensate for a low GPA secured by a student. For example, the University of Houston.
  • Almost all top universities of the world accept the GRE scores for admission. It means that the scores are accepted in several countries such as USA, Australia, etc.

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1. What is the GRE exam used for?

The GRE examination is used to determine the readiness of students for graduate school and their academic potential. The examination compares applicants and not all scores are regarded equally. For some universities, GRE may be mandatory while for others it is not,

2. What is the duration of gre exam?

The GRE examination is conducted for a duration of 3 hours and 45 minutes. The computer-based examination has a total of 6 sections with a break of 10 minutes each after the 3rd section.

3. What is the process of gre exam?

The GRE examination consists of 3 sections- verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing section.

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