For those of you embarking on your journey to graduate school, one of the biggest hurdles is the standardized testing requirement. But which test should you choose – the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?
The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is an admissions test required for entry to many master’s, MBA, and Ph.D. programs around the world, including universities in the US, UK, Australia, and Singapore.
It is offered mainly as a computer-based test, and consists of three main sections, each assessing the following abilities, as per ETS, the organising body of the GRE:
|Section I: Analytical Writing|
Critical thinking and analytical writing skills, including the ability to articulate and support complex ideas with relevant reasons and examples; examine claims and accompanying evidence.
|Section II: Verbal Writing
Analyse and draw conclusions from discourse; reason from incomplete data; understand literal and figurative meanings, and author’s intent; summarise text; distinguish major and minor points; understand the meanings of words, sentences, and entire texts; understand relationships among words and among concepts.
|Section III: Quantitative Reasoning
Ability to understand, interpret, and analyse quantitative information; solve problems using mathematical models; apply basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and datalysis.
|Analytical Writing||2 written tasks||100 minutes||0 - 6|
|Verbal Reasoning||20 questions x 2 sections||60 minutes||130 - 170|
|Quantitative Reasoning||20 questions x 2 sections||170 minutes||130 - 170|
|Total||3 hours 45 minutes|
Including 10 minute
FREQUENTLY ASKED GRE QUESTIONS
Which schools require the GRE?
The following is a partial list of schools that accept the GRE for admission to their graduate programs:
US UK Europe Singapore
Harvard Business School
New York University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of Chicago (UChicago)
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)
University of Southern California (USC)
City, University of London
Imperial College London
King’s College London
London Business School
University of Bristol
University of Cambridge
University of Edinburgh
University of Manchester
University of Oxford
University of Warwick
University College London
ESADE Business School
ESSEC Business School
IE Business School
Duke-NUS Medical School
Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Singapore Management University (SMU)
Should I take the GMAT or the GRE? Still unsure of which test to sit for? We conduct diagnostic tests for both the GMAT and the GRE, and you are welcome to sit for both to decide which test suits you best.
Still unsure of which test to sit for? We conduct diagnostic tests for both the GMAT and the GRE, and you are welcome to sit for both to decide which test suits you best.
What is a good GRE score?
How long is my GRE score valid for?
How often can I sit for the GRE? You may sit for the GRE once every 21 days, and no more than five times in a rolling 12-month period.
You may sit for the GRE once every 21 days, and no more than five times in a rolling 12-month period.
When is the GRE held?
When will my results be available?
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