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GRE Exam

GRE Exam

The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test that is obligatory for most graduate schools in the United States of America. Educational Testing Service (ETS) non-profit organization created it and is its governing body, the exam intents to calibrate quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, critical thinking and verbal reasoning skills that have been accrued over a long period of time and that are not linked to any specific department of study. The GRE is a computer-based exam supervised at Prometric testing centers around the globe.In the graduate school admissions process, the level of attention that is given upon GRE scores diverge widely between schools and their departments. The prominence of a GRE score can differ from merely being an admission formality to an important selection factor.

GRE test is categorized into two types. The GRE General Test evaluates quantitative reasoning, analytical writing , critical thinking and verbal reasoning skills – the skills required in today’s challenging graduate and business school programs – as well as the GRE Subject Test that measures knowledge of a particular field of study helping students stand out from other applicants by emphasizing their knowledge and skill level in a specific subject.


The overall testing time for the computer-delivered GRE® revised General Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section.

  • An unidentified unscored section that does not count toward your score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. Questions in the unscored section are being tried out either for possible use in future tests or to ensure that scores on new editions of the test are comparable to scores from earlier editions.
  • An identified research section that does not count toward your score may be included in place of the unscored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test. Questions in this section are included for ETS research purposes.

The Analytical Writing section will always be first. The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and unidentified/unscored sections may appear in any order; therefore, you should treat each section as if it counts toward your score.

Other Information

UG applications are direct. Bachelor of Medicine,Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bachelor of Dental Surgery – Closing date 31 August 2016. Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Bachelor of Physiotherapy – Closing date 30 September 2016. Some health courses, have earlier course deadlines: The deadline for Psychology is 30 October 2016. Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary), and Master of Teaching & Learning (Primary): deadline 1 December 2016. PG applications on a rolling basis.

Test Design Features

The advanced adaptive design of the GRE revised General Test allows you to freely move forward and backward throughout an entire section. Specific features include:

  • Preview and review capabilities within a section
  • “Mark” and “Review” features to tag questions, so you can skip them and return later if you have time remaining in the section
  • The ability to change/edit answers within a section
  • An on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section


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