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The Graduate Record Examination or the GRE, is a standardized test taken in order to get into graduate school in the United States. In many ways, it is similar to the SAT. Both are administered by the Educational Testing Service and have similar question formats, though the latter is designed by the College Board and is intended for a different level of education.

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Overview

Many graduate schools in English-speaking countries (especially in the USA) require GRE test results as part of the application procedure. The GRE test is a standardised test designed to measure the abilities of all graduates in tasks of general academic nature, regardless of their fields of specialization. It is not an intelligence test per-se but GRE results, especially on the verbal section, do correlate with intelligence test results. The GRE is supposed to measure the extent to which undergraduate education has developed an individual's verbal and quantitative skills in abstract thinking. It tests for argumentation skills in topics of general interest.

Currently, the GRE is primarily computer-based, unlike the SAT. It is a computer-adaptive test: the questions a testee is presented are affected by the answers he gave to preceding problems. The general test has sections testing verbal, quantitative (mathematical), and analytical writing abilities. The verbal and quantitative sections consist of multiple choice questions. Like the SAT, these sections are scored on a 200-800 point scale in increments of 10. The analytical writing section requires the testee to write two short essays: one presenting their perspective on a statement, and the other analyzing and pointing out flaws in an argument. Each essay is scored by at least two readers on a six-point holistic scale, and the average of the scores is taken.

There are also eight GRE Subject Tests testing knowledge in the specific areas of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. Subject tests typically have 70-100 multiple choice questions that must be answered in 170 minutes.

While the subject tests are held at many undergraduate institutions, the general test is only held at test centers (due to the computer-based format). Students in major cities in the US, or those attending large US universities, will usually find a test center easily accessible, while those in more isolated areas may have to drive a few hours to an urban location. Many industrialized countries also have test centers, but not all do and at times test-takers must cross country borders (see GRE website for details).

There has been wide speculation on whether or not GRE scores constitute an honest display of a potential graduate student's knowledge or capability for success. Many schools and universities have eschewed Subject Test requirements, and the GRE General Test has been considered at times irrelevant. Recent reports and questionnaires may show that the GRE General Test is not as significant in determining graduate admissions as once believed.

Score Breakdown

(Source: REA test guide. ISBN 0-87891-446-3)


Raw ScoreVerbal ScorePercentileQuantitative ScorePercentile
72-7680099
7179099
7078099
6976099
6875098
6774098
6672096
6571096
6470095
6369094
6268093
6166091
606508980098
596408880098
586308679098
576208578097
566108477095
556008275092
545908074090
535807873089
525707572087
515607370083
505507169081
495406868079
485306567077
475206365072
465106064071
455005763068
444905562065
434805260061
424704959059
414604558056
404504356052
394404055049
384303754046
374203453044
364203451039
354103150037
344002849034
333902648032
323802446027
313702245026
303601844023
293601843021
283501741018
273401540016
263301339014
253301338013
243201136010
23310103509
2230083408
2129073307
2028063105
1927043004
1826032903
1725032803
1624022602
1523012501
1422012401
1321012301
1220002100
0-1120002000

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