Everything you need to know about GRE
A common assessment tool used to determine a person’s readiness for graduate-level academic programs in nations like Germany, the United States, etc. is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Admission to graduate programs in many different fields, including business, engineering, sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts, frequently requires taking the GRE. The Educational Testing Service (ETS), which administers the exam, has a number of testing locations throughout the globe where it can be taken. For the GRE, you cannot study in advance. Since the GRE is primarily a test of patterns rather than facts, you will need enough practice time if you want to increase your score. Preparing for this test takes 4 to 12 weeks depending on how sufficiently a candidate is practicing. Candidates must pay close attention to each section of this test in order to do well.
When and from Where to apply for GRE?
The best time to apply is at least 2-3 months before your initial university application in order to prepare and boost your GRE score. For example, you must submit your application by September or October if the university you wish to attend has an entrance exam in December.
Students who want to take the this exam can register for it at any of the more than 1,000 testing locations in more than 160 countries, or they can take it at home. In order to perform at their best on the day of the test, candidates are recommended to move forward with the registration by selecting the place in which they would feel the most at ease, whether it be the GRE General Test at a test center or the GRE at Home test. Continuous GRE testing is available at approved testing facilities all over the world. To register for the this exam, candidates must go to the official ETS GRE website. The exam can be taken at home by applicants who wish to do so. With appointments available as soon as 24 hours after your registration, home registrations are available around-the-clock, seven days a week.
Key Points to Remember for GRE
1. Focal Point – Time
Find out the techniques to attend the test on time (GRE Subject Test – 2 hours 50 minutes; GRE General Test – 3 hours 45 minutes). Like every exam time management is essential here as well. Learn to pace yourself and, when required, make intelligent estimates.
2. Importance of ‘mark and review’
This feature helps candidates to mark questions that they are unable to answer right away for further review.
3. Maximum GRE score for ‘accuracy’
GRE rank improves based on maximum correct answers in the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections.
4. GRE Practice Tests
Using sample tests from past years to practice with is essential since it enables applicants to estimate how long it will take them to complete each question and which questions are to be tackled first. After completing those sample papers, candidates’ performance will certainly improve.
1. Paper Based:
Analytical Writing – 2 sections 2 tasks (60 minutes)
Verbal Reasoning – 2 sections 50 Questions (70 minutes)
Quantitative Reasoning – 2 sections 50 Questions (80 minutes)
2. Computer Based:
Analytical Writing – 1 section 2 tasks (60 minutes)
Verbal Reasoning – 2 sections 40 Questions (60 minutes)
Quantitative Reasoning – 2 sections 40 Questions (70 minutes)
- GRE Quantitative questions contain Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and Data Analysis.
- The practice paper also contains Quantitative Comparison, Numeric Entry, Data Interpretation, and MCQ.
- Understand the requirement of the Analytical task.
- Select one or more answer choices.
- Avoid Topographical, Spelling, and Grammatical errors. (Tip – Use rough/scratch paper provided)
- Compose the analytical answer maintaining the needed response.
Candidates should be aware that there is no standard preparation plan. What could be appropriate for Person A may not always be so for Person B, and vice versa. There are many different learning methods, and it is up to the student to choose the one that best meets their needs and adhere to it to perform more effectively while taking the GRE examinations.
NOTE: – To avoid unscheduled intervals during the GRE test, candidates should take a 1-minute break between the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections and a 10-minute break before the Analytical Writing section.
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