What is on the GRE?

The GRE is a standardized test assessing quantitative skills, verbal skills, and analytical writing skills.  

What does the GRE stand for?

GRE stands for Graduate Record Examination. 

When to take the GRE?

You should take the GRE one month before the deadline date of your university scholarship. Ideal time is before taking the GRE around September. If you are applying for the Fall 2023 session, you should take the GRE one year in advance, around September 2022. 

Which test prep company guarantees the highest points?

ScholarDen guarantees the highest 10+ points GRE score improvement in the entire test prep industry. On average students are improving scores between 15 to 35 points. 

Below is a list of test prep companies and the score improvement they guarantee:

  1. Scholarden: 10+
  2. Magoosh: 5
  3. Kaplan: 1
  4. The Princeton Review: 1
  5. The Economist: 1

How to study for the GRE?

You should start by taking a diagnostic test and assessing your scores. Then, set a target score and a study plan. For a step-by-step guide on GRE preparation, refer to this article. 

Why do we need to take the GRE test?

The GRE is a required exam for most graduate and postgraduate programs around the world, in countries such as the USA, the UK, India, Pakistan, Australia, Germany, and more. 

How long is the GRE?

The GRE is a 3 hour 45 minutes exam divided into different sections: one Analytical Writing Section (1 hour), two Verbal Reasoning sections (30 minutes each), two Quantitative Reasoning sections (35 minutes each), and one experimental section (30 to 35 minutes). Read more about it here.

How long should I study for the GRE?

Different people require need different time to plan their preparation. Generally, it takes around 3-6 months to prepare for the GRE. You can find more information in this article.

How often can you take the GRE?

You can take the test once every 21 days, upto 5 times in any continuous 12-month period.  

What has changed in the GRE in 2022?

For Math, the questions have become trickier. Moreover, if you perform well in the first section, you can expect to receive time-consuming questions in the second one.

For Verbal Reasoning, it is now more focused towards reading skills and less on cramming difficult vocabulary. Furthermore, the passages are less dense and tricky. 

If I take the GRE more than once, which score will be considered by the universities?

Since you yourself are responsible for sending scores to the particular universities, you will decide which scores you want to send for their consideration. 

How long do gre scores last?

The GRE is valid for 5 years from the date of the exam. 

Can I cancel my scores?

Yes. The GRE gives an option towards the end of the exam to cancel your scores. 

How hard is the GRE?

GRE analyzes your school level math and english concepts. It is not particularly difficult, but includes tricky and time-consuming questions. In order to get a good score, you need to work on your concepts. You can read more about it in this article. 

How is the GRE Test Scored?

The computer-based GRE has an adaptive algorithm that adjusts the difficulty level of the test based on the exam taker’s performance. The first section of Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning are of average difficulty level, with a combination of easy and hard questions. The difficulty of the second section depends upon the performance in the first. Exam takers who perform well will “level up” to a more difficult second section, thereby, increasing their score by some points in any case than an exam taker who has performed average in the first section. 

Read more about the scoring technique in this article. 

What is the GRE format?

The GRE includes six sections: one Analytical Writing section, two Quantitative Reasoning sections, two Verbal Reasoning sections, and one Research/Unidentified section. 

How do I register for the GRE?

You have to register for the GRE  FAQs through the official ETS website. 

What to bring to the GRE test center?

The documents you need differ from country to country and are listed on the ETS website. Generally, you must take your Photo ID, and registration proof. 

What is the reschedule cost?

$50 for reschedule at the test center and if you want to reschedule at home then there is no cost.

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What is a good score on the GRE?

320+ is considered a good score for top schools in the USA but it varies from program to program. For Quantitative Reasoning, 165+ is a good score for Engineers, and for English programs, 160+ is a good verbal score with an Analytical Writing score of 4.5.

For more details, read what is a good GRE score on Scholarden.

How important is the GRE for admissions?

It’s the admissions and/or scholarship requirement for master’s and PhD programs, which improves your chances of selection. Read more about this here. 

Can I retake the GRE?

Yes, once every 21 days. 

How do I submit my scores?

At the end of your test, you will have the option to submit your scores to your desired university/ies. If you have taken multiple tests, you will have the option to choose which exam scores you want to submit.

However, you can only send complete scores, i.e. you can not send Quantitative Reasoning scores of one test, and Verbal Reasoning of another. 


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