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About the GRE

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is administered by Education Testing Service (ETS) and is primarily a multiple-choice test that graduate schools use for admission of students into their graduate programs. ETS administers GRE programs on behalf of the Graduate Record Examinations Board and the Council of Graduate Schools. The GRE Program also assists students in their transition to graduate education through a variety of services and publications. The Graduate Record Examination Program also offers 12 Subject Tests, each of which measures achievements in specific fields. The tests offered include:
  • The General Test: It measures abilities in verbal, quantitative and analytical fields.
  • The Writing Assessment: This measures proficiency in critical reasoning and analytical writing. Starting October 1, 2002, a new section on Analytical Writing ability has been introduced in the General Test. The Writing Assessment test will be discontinued after December 2002 in light of that.
  • The Subject Tests: These measure achievement in specific fields of study.
Because of the high correlation between high GRE scores and success in graduate school, many schools require that the applicants take the GRE General Test. (They may also require the applicant to take the appropriate GRE Subject Test.)

Get your registration packets along with other information by writing directly to:

Graduate Record Examination
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541, USA

For more information about the GRE and GRE registration, visit the official GRE website at

The computer-adaptive test (CAT) for GRE is offered several times a month.
Try to avoid weekends as these are usually busy, and hence scheduling a test on a weekend can be tricky.

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