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 Writing2 written tasks100 minutes0 - 6
Verbal Reasoning20 questions x 2 sections60 minutes130 - 170
Quantitative Reasoning20 questions x 2 sections170 minutes130 - 170
Total3 hours 45 minutes
Including 10 minute


Which schools require the GRE?

The following is a partial list of schools that accept the GRE for admission to their graduate programs:
Columbia University
Cornell University
Duke University
Georgetown University
Harvard Business School
New York University
Northwestern 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)
Yale University
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
ESSEC Asia-Pacific
Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Singapore Management University (SMU)

Should I take the GMAT or the GRE?

If you are considering applying to an MBA program, you may be deciding whether to sit for the GMAT or the GRE. While both tests assess your verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning skills, it is generally thought that the verbal section of the GRE is more challenging, while the quantitative section of the GMAT is more difficult.

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?

Generally speaking, a competitive GRE score is above 158 for the Verbal Reasoning section, and above 162 for the Quantitative Reasoning sections, with a roughly accompanying 80th percentile placement.

How long is my GRE score valid for?

GRE scores are valid for 5 years.

How often can I sit for the GRE?

You may sit for the GMAT once every 16 calendar days, and no more than five times in a rolling 12-month period, and no more than eight times in total.

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?

The GRE is held on multiple dates every month throughout the year.

When will my results be available?

GRE scores are available usually within 10-15 days of your test sitting.


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