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  • Number Of Attempts:5
  • Examination Modes:Computer Based Test
  • Exam Conducting Body:Educational Testing Service (ETS)

GRE 2021: Registration, Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus, Exam Pattern

Updated On - February 10 2021 by Bhumika Singh

GRE 2021 is the world's largest assessment exam for the undergraduates to get admissions in graduate schools around the world including both Business and Law. Applicants may appear GRE at home due to circumstantial risk. Only the applicants will be tested by an online proctor called ProctorU. The evaluation will be similar to the type of test centre. GRE Program is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) under the policies determined by the GRE Board, an independent board affiliated with the Association of Graduate Schools (AGS), and the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). GRE measures the candidates on three parameters - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. It has two parts - Computer-delivered and Paper delivered. There are two types of GRE tests: GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test. Candidates can read this complete article to get more information about GRE 2021.

Latest update:

  • ETS has announced a home test for the GRE test for the candidates who have been affected by the coronavirus starting from 30 June 2020 in selected countries.

GRE 2021 Important Dates

Candidates can refer to the GRE 2021 dates of the various events given below to keep updated about the exam.

GRE General Test (Tentative)
 
Test Date        
Regular Registration
Late Registration
Result Date
09 November 202127 September 202104 October 202109 December 2021
01 February 202120 December 202027 December 202002 March 2021
GRE Subject Test (Tentative)
Test Date
Regular Registration
Late Registration
Result Date
04 April 202121 February 202126 February 202104 May 2021
14 September 202102 August 202109 August 202114 October 2021
26 October 202113 September 202120 September 202125 November 2021

GRE 2021 Application Form

Whether the candidate wants to appear for a computer-delivered test or paper-delivered test, he/she can get to know the exam date only when the candidate has submitted his application before. The following points should be adhered to while starting up the GRE application 2021:

  • Create an ETS account first.
  • Decide which exam to take up – Paper-delivered or Computer-delivered.
  • Read about the relevant requirements and exam fees.
  • Read all about “reschedule and cancellation policies”.
  • Determine which graduate institution to send the GRE scores to.
Availability in Online Mode: Throughout the year, once every 21 days, up to 5 times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days).
Availability in Offline Mode: Gets conducted up to 3 times a year where computer-delivered testing is not available.

GRE 2021 Application Fee

The registration fee for GRE 2021 for various courses is given below:
GRE Registration Fee 2021
Countries

Fees

Australia$230
Nigeria$220
China$231.30
Turkey$255
All other areas of the world$205
Mode of Payment

Fee can be paid via both online and offline mode.

GRE 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The only eligibility requirement for GRE 2021 is the document required to prove the candidate's identity. In India, the candidate should have a valid passport. The Candidate has to get their original passport (not photocopies) which clearly shows the full name, photograph, signature, and other specific information. No other documents (like Birth Certificate, International driving license, etc) can be used as an alternate identity proof. Apart from this eligibility requirement, ETS does not set any age, qualification, timing-related pre-requisites that have to be followed. However, there is a range of eligibility criteria set by universities that accept GRE scores. 

GRE 2021 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of the two types of GRE – GRE General Test and GRE Subjects Test is as follows:

GRE General Test

Computer-delivered Test Pattern
  • Given below is a structure followed by the GRE General Test:
Measure
Number of Questions
Allotted Time

Analytical Writing (One section with two separately timed tasks)

One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task

30 minutes per task

Verbal Reasoning (Two sections)

20 questions per section

30 minutes per section

Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections)

20 questions per section

35 minutes per section

Unidentified Unscored Section

Varies

Varies

Identified Research Section

Varies

Varies

  1. Unidentified unscored section: This section particularly is not counted in the GRE final score. The purpose of the section is to test questions prepared for future GRE General Test. There is no way of identifying which section this is, so skipping this section is not an option in which the candidates can opt.
  2. Identified Research Section: It is also not included in the GRE final score. The section might be included in the place of the unscored section. The research section would appear at the end of the test. The questions in this section are included for ETS Research Purposes.
Paper delivered Test Pattern
  • The paper is differentiated into six sections – two sections each of Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning.
  • The duration of the test is 3 hours 30 minutes with a 10 minutes break after the second section.
  • ETS provides a calculator for candidates to solve some questions. Candidates are strictly not allowed to bring their calculators.
  • Analytical writing sections will be the first in the sequence of sections while the order of remaining sections is not fixed.
Measure
Number of Questions
Allotted Time

Analytical Writing (Two sections)

Section 1: "Analyze an Issue" task

30 minutes per section

Section 2: "Analyze an Argument" task

Verbal Reasoning (Two sections)

25 questions per section

35 minutes per section

Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections)

25 questions per section

40 minutes per section

GRE Subject Test

  • GRE Subject Test will be conducted only in the paper-delivered format.
  • The exam for each subject is conducted three times a year in April, September, and October particularly.
  • The total duration of each subject test is 2 hours and 50 minutes.
  • Question pattern on each subject is given in the table below:
Subject
Number of Questions

Biology

190 five-choice questions

Chemistry

130 multiple-choice questions 

Literature in English

230 questions 

Mathematics

66 multiple-choice questions

Physics

100 five-choice questions

Psychology

205 multiple type questions

GRE 2021 Admit Card 

The GRE admission 2021 confirmation mail is sent to candidates by mail after the process of registration. Candidates have to bring the mail to the centre with other mandatory things on the day of the exam. The mandatory thing which is needed to keep in mind is the Original ID documents:

With few exceptions, ID documents must meet all of the following requirements. Each ID document must:
  • Be an original document; photocopied documents are not acceptable and documents cannot be presented on a cell phone or any other electronic device
  • be a government-issued national/state/province identity card that is recognized by the country in which applicants are a citizen or permanent resident
  • be valid; expired documents (bearing expiration dates that have passed) are not acceptable
  • bear the first and last name exactly (excluding accents) as it was when registering for the test
  • include a recent, recognizable photograph
  • include a signature (the name and signature on the ID document must match)

The admission ticket/ hall ticket/admit card confirms the choice of test, test date, time, and the test centre with some other candidate's details.

Test Centers in India

In India, the GRE test is conducted in the following cities:

  1. Ahmedabad,
  2. Allahabad,
  3. Bangalore,
  4. Chennai,
  5. Cochin,
  6. Coimbatore,
  7. Dehradun,
  8. Gandhinagar,
  9. Gurgaon,
  10. Gwalior,
  11. Hyderabad,
  12. Indore,
  13. Kolkata,
  14. Mumbai,
  15. Nashik,
  16. New Delhi,
  17. Nizamabad,
  18. Patna,
  19. Pune,
  20. Trivandrum,
  21. Vadodara
  22. Vijayawada. 
Note - Not all of them offer the computerized test, some may offer the Paper-delivered test. Candidates can find the exact address and seat availability on the ETS website itself after they select the country (India) and city from the dropdown list.

GRE 2021 Scoring System

  • GRE General Test:
    • The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning section are scored on a range of 130-170, 1 mark for each answer.
    • Analytical Reasoning is scored in a range of  0–6, half mark for each answer.
    • If an aspirant does not answer any questions of any/all measures, then a No Score (NS) is stated for that measure.
  • GRE Subject Test:
    • All the subject tests are scored on a range of 200-990, giving 10 point increments.
    • The Biology and Psychology Tests are scored on a range of 20–99 score scale, giving 1 point increment.

GRE 2021 Syllabus

The syllabus is different for both the GRE tests - GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test. General Test is the standard exam that tests with the topic like- verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing skills. Candidates who wish to pursue specialized subjects, need to take the Subject Test that might be required by the university they are seeking admission to, as Subject Test focuses on judging the candidate’s expertise and intelligence in specific fields.

GRE 2021 Result

The official test scores will be available in candidates' accounts on the GRE website after logging with their registered Id. They will be sent to the universities of their choice within six weeks of their test date automatically. Once the results are out, the candidate will receive an email from ETS that their official GRE result is available in their account and can check the same.

GRE 2021 GRE Test Day Guidelines
  • Report to the test centre at least 30 minutes before the scheduled exam time.
  • Food, beverages, and tobacco are not allowed in the exam room.
  • The test administrator will assign a specified seat.
  • The candidates are required to remain in the exam centre building until the exam gets over. It is the applicant's responsibility to ask the test administrator for permission to leave the test centre vicinity for some emergency purpose.
  • The given exam session will be actively monitored by the test centre staff.
  • Before the test, candidates will receive instructions from test centre staff regarding where to store their items.

Candidates can check GRE Cutoff here.

GRE 2021 Highlights

Candidates can check the basic information about the GRE test below in the given table:

Exam Name

Graduate Record Examination

Short- Form

GRE

GRE Official website

ets.org/gre

Level of the exam

International

Organizing Body

Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Mode of exam

Internet-based and Paper based

About the Graduate Record Examination

Graduate Record Examination also is known as the GRE test are of two types - GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test.

  • Annual number of test takers: 584,677 (2016)
  • Knowledge/skills tested: Analytical writing, quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning
  • Score / grade validity: 5 years
  • Scores/grades used by: Most graduate schools in the USA, and few in other countries
  • Countries/regions: About 1,000 test centres in more than 160 countries;
  • Purpose: Admissions to master's and doctoral degree programs in various universities
  • Developer/administrator: Educational Testing Service

What is the GRE General Test?

Candidates seeking admission in MS courses in different fields in the US and various other countries appear for GRE General Test. Through this test, a candidate is evaluated on his analytical writing skills, quantitative ability, and verbal reasoning skills. They are conducted around the year, and candidates can appear for the general test as per their convenience. The majority of the candidates opt for this test as a majority of the universities world over accept this exam.

What is the GRE Subject Test?

The GRE Subject Test evaluates the candidates’ ability on a particular subject. The subject tests are conducted for the following areas: Mathematics, Literature (English), Physics and Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry (Cell and Molecular Biology). Generally, this test is required for getting admission in specialized courses. Apart from this, this test is conducted only thrice a year in April, September, and October and is available only in paper-delivered format.

 

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GRE General Test Exam Pattern

Paper 1
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3 hours

Total Marks:

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Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions, Subjective

Negative Marking:

No

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