Are you planning to take the GRE test to gain admissions into a master’s programme? But  are confused what the GRE is all about, then you’re at the right place. Through this article, we will also provide you with details about the GRE exam, where you can find GRE exam question papers for you to practice and more. So read on!

What is the GRE? How is it Structured?

The GRE is a standardised section-adaptive test conducted by ETS globally. It is one of the essential requirements of most universities and business schools for admissions to their master’s and PhD programmes. The GRE is divided into three sections and is a 3-hour and 45-minute-long exam. The overall structure of the GRE is designed to test your critical thinking, logical reasoning and problem-solving skills.

The table below comprises a breakup of each section of the GRE along with its question types, duration and scoring range:

GRE SectionsDurationQuestion TypesScoring Pattern
Analytical Writing Assessment60 minutes divided into two parts of 30 minutes eachTwo topics: Analyse-an-argumentAnalyse-an-issue0-6 with a half-point increment
GRE Quantitative Reasoning70 minutes divided into two sections of 35 minutes eachEach section comprises 20 questions. Total of 40 questions in the quant section130-170 with a single point increment
GMAT Quantitative Reasoning60 minutes divided into two sections of 30 minutes eachEach section comprises 20 questions. Total of 40 questions130-170 with a single point increment

How to Practise for Your GRE Test?

It is advisable to begin your GRE preparations by taking a GRE mock test online. These practice tests can be found on the official website of ETS. Once you have your mock scores, you will know how to plan your GRE practice and strategize a study schedule that gives you enough time to prepare thoroughly. To begin your practice sessions, it is advisable to get the latest edition of the official GRE Guide to get access to previous GRE exam question papers. Furthermore, once you have completed practising the official guide, we encourage you to take mock tests to assess your progress.

How to Register for the GRE?   

To successfully register for the GRE test and book your slot, all you need to do is visit the official website and create an account with ETS. Once you have your account you can register for the test by entering all the details asked and then confirming your slot by paying the GRE fees. The GRE fees in India is a sum of $213 (INR. 16057 approximately) and you can pay this amount by using credit or debit cards, PayPal, money order, certified check or voucher and e-check services.

Now that we have explained to you what the GRE is, how you can prepare for it and how much is the GRE fee, you’re better positioned to plan your GRE exam.