GRE 2018-2019 Exam

ABOUT GRE 2018-2019

About GRE Exam

What is the GRE?

GRE full form: Graduate Record Examination

GRE is the most commonly required standardised admission test for the students who would like to take an admission in a graduation school. Just like SAT and ACT, GRE consist of topics like, analytical writing, quantitative analysis and verbal reasoning. These are the skills the students develop over the years, and many universities worldwide will assess the GRE scores as an eligibility criterion for their admission process, since 1949.

GRE, or Graduate Records Examination is a trademark of ETS, a USA based organisation. ETS GRE manage and conduct tests all over the world (across 1000 GRE test centers in 160 countries). ETS stands for Educational Testing Service. GRE online is a computer based test, with the GRE scoring done from 130 to 170 for Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing scored on a scale of 0-6. Before a major over haul in 2011. GRE used to for the scores in 200-800. The GRE test is more section based rather than other tests, which are question based like SAT. For GRE exam, the performance in the GRE mathematics and GRE reasoning will determine the difficulty level of the further coming sections.

There are two types of medium to take GRE test. Paper-based and Computer-based. The Paper based test is only taken at the places where computer and internet facilities area not available. Here is your ultimate GRE study guide:

Know All about GRE Exam 2018

Types of GRE test:

There are two types of GRE tests:

1. GRE General Test

2. GRE Subject Test

GRE General Test:

GRE general test is a more comprehensive assessment of candidate’s quantitative and reasoning abilities. It is the most commonly taken test type of GRE. It either can be just for the admission formality, or for the merit based admission in a particular course for Master of Science (MS) or Master of Business Administration (MBA).

GRE Subject Test:

GRE Subject Test, as the name suggest, is taken by the students who want to make their application stand out in a particular subject, and have an edge for a particular score. A GRE subject test shows the candidate’s skills for a particular field of specialization, and therefore it is useful to the students who already have a bachelor’s degree and want to go ahead with a particular subject.

GRE Subject Tests are taken for: Biology, GRE Chemistry, English Literature, Mathematics, Physics GRE, and Psychology.


  • GMAT exam is taken almost exclusively for attending a business school, e.g. a Finance or Business course, or for an MBA. If you are applying for a business school or MBA, most of the colleges and universities will ask you to submit your GMAT test scores.

  • GRE, on the other hand is an assessment to overall Verbal and Quantitative assessment of students, and most universities use GRE scores as admission criterion regardless of the course or specialisation you are applying for. Make sure, before applying that which test you should take for the particular college and course.

  • When compared to GMAT, GRE is a less hard test. However, GRE is a tougher exam to crack when compared to ACT or SAT, because of the high-level GRE vocabulary, and high reasoning ability requirements.

GRE Eligibility 2019: Who should take GRE?

  • There is no age and qualification bar to sit in GRE. Students who have completed their under graduation program can take GRE to get the admission in a PG program, especially if they want to study in US or Canada.
  • The students might check the University websites and courses to understand if they need to take the GRE exam or not. As different Universities have different score requirements and criteria, university and course requirements should be checked before appearing for any exam.

GRE syllabus

GRE syllabus

Before appearing for any exam, one should be aware of what one is going to face in the examination. Each section of GRE exam 2018 – 2019 has its own set of different type of question, and requirements. Before you begin your preparation, it is important to know GRE exam Syllabus 2018 – 2019.

Given below is the elaborated GRE exam details for GRE 2018 – 2019:

1. Verbal Reasoning:


Types of Question

Verbal Reasoning

1. Text Completion

2. Reading Comprehension

3.  Sentence Equivalence


Verbal Reasoning section is an assessment of Candidate’s ability to analyse the given data and understand what the text has to offer:

  • Understand the structure of the text and summarise it.

  • Choose the most relevant and irrelevant parts of the data and identify them. Learn how to differentiate them.

  • Analyse the data given, and understand what author has to say. Draw your own conclusion and add something of your own if needed.


2. Quantitative Aptitude:


Types of Question

Quantitative Aptitude

1. Basic Concepts

(Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry)

2. Data Interpretation


Quantitative Aptitude is assessment of Candidate’s ability to apply basic concepts of mathematics to the conceptual problems. GRE math questions contain:

  • Understand the data that is given to you and analyse it.

  • Apply basic concept in the problems to solve them.

  • Understand the given Mathematical data thoroughly.

  • Interpret the Data that is given in any chart, graph or tabular form and answer the question accordingly.

3. Analytical Writing:


Types of Question

Analytical Writing

1. Analysis of Issue Essay

2. Analysis of Argument Essay


Analytical Writing is the assessment of Candidate’s ability to analyse an issue or argument, and put up the ideas, arguments and conclusions in the words.

  • Put your ideas with clarity in your language, however complex.

  • Those ideas must be supported by right and logical examples.

  • Give relevant evidence and examine the claims that have been made.

  • Write in a single flow; keep your thoughts aligned to the topic and the narrative in a straight line.

GRE Exam Pattern 2018 – 2019:

Advantages of GRE Exam Pattern:

GRE offers one of the most user-friendly competitive test experience to the test takers.

  • They can preview or review any question, even after they have answered it, so they can be sure about the choice they have made in any question.

  • They can skip the question for the time being and then attend it later if they want to.

  • The answers can be changed.

  • An on-screen Calculator is provided in Quantitative section.

How long is the GRE test?

The total time duration for GRE online test is 3 hours and 45 minutes. There are short breaks given between sections to students. The GRE Test format, and time division is as given below:


GRE Sections

GRE Format

Paper-based Test

Computer-based Test

No. of Sections

No. of Questions


No. of Sections

No. of Questions


Quantitative Reasoning



80 minutes



60 minutes

Verbal Reasoning



70 minutes



70 minutes

Analytical Writing



60 minutes



60 minutes


GRE Experimental Section:

This section is not counted when the final assessment is done; it might contain experimental questions for Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning. It has new questions from the ETS, which might be used in future. The test-takers do not know which section is experimental section; therefore, they are advised to give their best in each section. The scores of Experimental section are not counted in final report.

GRE Test Pattern 2018 – 2019 for Subject Tests:

The Subject and their sub-topics for GRE Subject Test 2018 – 2019 is as listed below: 


Sub-Topics and weightage

No. of Questions


1. Cellular and Molecular Biology (33-34%)

2. Organismal Biology (33-34%)

3. Ecology and Evolution (33-34%)




1. Analytical Chemistry (15%)

2. Inorganic Chemistry (25%)

3. Organic Chemistry (30%)

4. Physical Chemistry (30%)



Literature in English

1. Literary Analysis (40–55%)

2. Identification (15–20%)

3. Cultural and Historical Contexts (20–25%)

4. History and Theory of Literary Criticism (10–15%)



1. Calculus (50%)

2. Algebra (25%)

3. Additional Topics (25%)




  1. Classical Mechanics (20%)

  2. Electromagnetism (18%)

  3. Optics and Wave Phenomena (9%)

  4. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (10%)

  5. Quantum Mechanics (12%)

  6. Atomic Physics (10%)

  7. Special Relativity (6%)

  8. Laboratory Methods (6%)

  9. Specialised Topics (9%)




  1. Biological (17-21%)

  2. Cognitive (17-24%)

  3. Social (12-14%)

  4. Developmental (12-14%)

  5. Clinical (15-19%)

  6. Measurement / Methodology / Other (15-19%)



How to Prepare for GRE?

GRE preparation tips 

Many GRE Prep Books available to practice GRE sample Questions, or you can do GRE preparation online. GRE online Practice Tests contain GRE sample papers, so you can practice GRE sample test online and have an idea about the GRE questions and time management in actual exam.

Here are some of the best GRE books with for different practice purposes. Some of them have GRE question papers, and most important of them all, GRE Quantitative Practice.

Book / PDF


The Official Guide to the GRE Revised General Test, 3rd Edition by ETS

$21.75 (Kindle version available at $20.66)

Official GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions & Official GRE Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions by ETS

$24.47, $21.49 (Kindle)


PowerPrep and PowerPrep PLUS by ETS


Practicing to Take the GRE General Test, 10th Edition by ETS


New GRE with 8 Practice Tests by McGraw Hill



GRE Test Dates and GRE Test Centers 2018 – 2019

  • GRE Tests are taken all over the year, and it depends on the availability of the test centers. Prometric test centers across India conduct GRE. If the test center is not operating under ETS, the other centers might gave limited seats availability and less GRE Schedule dates. Given below are the steps to check GRE test dates and GRE test centers availability.


How to check GRE exam dates 2018 – 2019?

  1. On the GRE official site, click on the “Test Centers and Dates”. You will be provided all the information about the choosing the Test Dates and Centers on the page.

  2. Click on the link “View test centers, test dates and seat availability", and you will be directed to center selection page.

  3. On that page, choose the exam type (General or Subjective), your GRE test locations details (preferably city), and the month you are willing to take the test in. 

  4. After filling up all the necessary details, click on “Find available test centres and dates”

  5. You will be taken to a page where a calendar will be showing available GRE dates and seats. You can look for the centres by both dates and distance.

GRE Test Centers in India:

Here is the list of Prometric GRE Test Centers in India, along with other private Test Centers.

Prometric Test Centres in India:

State / Union Territory

Prometric GRE Test Center

Andhra Pradesh / Telangana










Tamil Nadu





Other GRE Test Centers in India:

State / Union Territory


GRE Test Center



Saint Kabir Public School


New Delhi

  1. Cyberstation

  2. Merit

  3. Council of American Education



ETS Onsite UAS Intl Production Lab



iDomain Technologies


Exuberant Technologies



Everonn Systems India Limited


GRAD Dreams Education Consulting

Tamil Nadu


Everonn Systems India Limited


ANCONS International

Uttar Pradesh



West Bengal


Indexpo Corporation


GRE Subject Test Dates and Test Centers:

GRE Subject Tests are given at Paper Delivered Test Centers. They are conducted three times in a year during:

  1. April

  2. September

  3. October

Paper-delivered GRE exam in India: Test Centers

State / Union Territory


GRE Exam Dates 2018



27 October, 2018



27 October, 2018

Tamil Nadu


27 October, 2018

West Bengal


27 October, 2018



27 October, 2018


New Delhi

27 October, 2018



27 October, 2018

What is the Best Time to take the GRE exam 2019?

If you are planning to take admission in September (Fall Intake), then you should take the exam latest by June. For April – May (Spring intake), the exam should be taken by December and not later than that. That will give you enough time (about two months) to work on your essays.

GRE Registration & GRE Exam Fees

How to register for GRE?

How to Apply for GRE Exam 2019?

Candidates can apply for GRE from their “My GRE Account”. For that, first you have to make a GRE Sign up Account, “My GRE Account”. From there, you can do GRE test registration for 2018 – 2019 and see your GRE scores and results.

Follow the given below steps to register for GRE Exam 2019:

1. Go to GRE home page on ETS official GRE website. You will find a link named “Register Today

2. Click on the link and you will be redirected to an informative page about ETS account. Read it carefully. At the end of the page, click on the “Create or Login into Your ETS Account”.

3. On the next page, click on “Create an Account”. Fill all the required fields accordingly to the completion of the registration process.

4. Log in with ID and Password you created to find your GRE Test Center and Dates.

5. Choose Exam type, the city you want to take your exam in, and the month as per your convenience.

6. Choose your date as per the seat availability, and the time of GRE examination. Before going further, review all your details carefully and edit them if needed. Fill your academic details on the next page.

7. On clicking “Next”, you will land on “GRE Study Materials” page, check the boxes if you wish any GRE test materials.

8. In the final step of GRE Registration, you will be asked to “Proceed to Checkout” and pay GRE fees.


GRE Admit Card 2019:

After the process of Registration is done, the Admit Card / A confirmation mail will be sent to the candidate. Candidate will have to bring that admit card or confirmation mail to the test centre on the test day at the reporting time. It is a confirmation to you exam type, GRE test date and time and GRE test location.

GRE Exam Fees 2019:

The standard GRE Exam Fees for the candidates who want to take GRE test is as given below, effective from June 1, 2018. GRE test fees for Indian Students is USD 205 (14,375 INR).

For GRE Subject Test:

Worldwide GRE Fees:



For GRE Standard Test:


GRE Fees

All other areas of the world











Special Requests and their GRE cost:

Late registration fee (paper-delivered test, online registration only)- 25
Changing Subject Test- $50
Change in test centre- $50
GRE Rescheduling fee – all over the world except China- $50
Score Review for Subject Tests- $50
Standby testing (paper-delivered test)- $50
Score Review for Verbal Reasoning / Quantitative Reasoning measures (Paper-delivered tests)- $50
Score Reinstatement Fee- $50
GRE Rescheduling fee — China - $53.90
Score Review for Analytical Writing measure- $60

GRE Test Scores 2018 – 2019:

GRE scoring is done on the scale of 130-170 in GRE Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning, and for Analytical Writing, the scale from 0-6.

The GRE exam score report will contain your information such as:

  • Name, Phone Number and Email

  • Birth-date

  • Gender

  • Graduate Major you are interested in

  • Test date

  • GRE test score and GRE percentile ranks

  • Score recipients and the scores reported to those institutions

  • All the record of scores reported within the last five years.

What is a good GRE Score?

Here are Average GRE Scores:

Anything you score above 151 in Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning puts you in a competition and you will have a GRE Cut-off that accepted by few Universities around the world. The GRE Test scores are valid for 5 Years.

Top Scores (in top 10%)



Quantitative Aptitude


Analytical Writing


Competitive (in top 25%)



Quantitative Aptitude


Analytical Writing


Average (in top 50%)



Quantitative Aptitude


Analytical Writing


Below Average


Less than 151

Quantitative Aptitude

Less than 152

Analytical Writing

Less than 3.5

GRE Results 2018 – 2019

GRE Results 2018  2019

For GRE computer-based Test:

  • If you take an online GRE test, your GRE test results will be available in your ETS account within 10 to 15 days from the date of the test. It will also be simultaneously sent to the institutes you had chosen at the time of your registration.

For GRE paper-delivered Test:

  • If you have taken the paper-delivered offline test, the results of your GRE test will be available in your ETS account and they will also be sent to the institutes you had chosen at the time of registration within five weeks from the date of the test.

The report sent to the institutions chosen by you, will contain this information about you:

  • Your Contact Information. Name, Address, Email and Phone Number

  • Graduate Major you want to apply for.

  • GRE Test Scores and Percentile Ranks.

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