The GRE general test is meant to measure your overall academic ability and is the standard exam for admission to non-business schools. However, an increasing number of business schools are accepting scores from the GRE exam. Also, not all graduate schools or programs require the GRE. Some schools and programs also require various subject tests, so check with your choice of schools to make sure which exam(s) you need to take. The GRE general exam does NOT test you on any specific facts or pieces of knowledge that you may have learned in any one class.
About The GRE
The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for many graduate schools in the United States, in other English-speaking countries and for English-taught graduate and business programs world-wide. Created and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) in 1949, the exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE General Test is offered as a computer-based, computer adaptive exam administered by selected qualified testing centers worldwide.
The GRE Consists of:
This question type tests your ability to understand the structure of a test, analyze a text and reach conclusions about it, identify the author’s assumptions and perspective, distinguish between minor and major points, understand how parts of a text relate to each other and reason from incomplete data to infer missing information among other things.
This question tests your ability to interpret and evaluate, reasoning from what they have read so far, to create a picture of the whole and revising that picture as you go. This question consists of 1-5 sentences with 1-3 blanks with several answer choices for each blank.
This question consists of a single sentence with 1 blank and 6 answer choices. Test takers are required to choose 2 answers. This question tests your ability to reach a conclusion about how a passage should be completed on the basis of partial information, but to a greater extent they focus on the meaning of the completed whole.
Multiple-choice Questions — Select One Answer Choice
These are multiple choice questions that ask you to select 1 answer from among 5 choices.
Multiple-choice Questions — Select One or More Answer Choices
These are multiple choice questions that ask you to select more than 1 answer. A question may or may not tell you how many choices you are required to select.
Numeric Entry Questions
Questions of this type ask you either to enter the answer as an integer or a decimal in a single answer box or to enter it as a fraction in two separate boxes
Quantitative Comparison Questions
These questions ask you to compare 2 quantities and then choose 1 answer that best describes the comparison from among 4 choices.
Analytical Writing Assessment:
Analysis of an Issue: This essay tests your ability to analyze the complexities behind an issue or opinion and form a persuasive position on the same issue or opinion.
Analysis of an Argument: The Analyze an Argument task assesses your ability to understand, analyze and evaluate arguments and to clearly convey your evaluation in writing.