Introduction to GRE

Introduction to GRE: Rushil and Akshaaj are two brothers.  Rushil completed his Masters and is working in the US. Akshaaj likes to emulate his elder brother in everything he does. Whether it is aspiring to be as tall as he is or doing engineering from the same prestigious college. One day Rushil asked Akshaaj what he would do after completing He spontaneously replied, “I will write GRE.” Then the elder brother asked, “Why do you want to write GRE?” For that, Akshaj smiled and replied “To go to the US”. Then, Rushil said, “Why do you need GRE to go to the US, you can go on a tourist visa or on a job”.  The pampered Akshaaj never experienced such intense questions from his elder brother. He was confused and he walked away from the room. It was easy for Akshaj to escape further questioning from his brother but the question “What next?”  bothered him.

“What next after completing undergrad education?” Have you ever asked an undergraduate student this question? If you did, the most common answers can be categorized into two: Job or Higher studies. Regarding higher studies, if you probe deeply, the most frequent answer you would get from them is “I will write GRE.”   GRE – Graduate Record Examination is conducted by ETS. It is an exam required by the majority of the Universities in the US for admissions in Masters and Post Graduate programs.

But how many of these GRE aspirants are clear about who takes GRE?   Firstly, one needs to have clarity on pursuing higher studies or going for a job. In the long run, higher education is definitely good. But is it immediately after completing an undergraduate degree varies from one student to another, one career option to other? Then, if the preference is higher studies the next question is:  in India or abroad; higher studies in technical programs or MBA. The decision has to be taken after thinking through it in detail. You cannot base your decision on one exam being easier than the other. It has to be based on how you would want to shape your career, as this involves a lot of priceless time and valuable money. Students who are interested in continuing on the technical side, interested in core jobs can pursue further education in core subjects; if you are interested in management-related career options pursue MBA. Students who are interested in pursuing higher studies in the US, in technical areas, or MBA programs take the GRE test. Students from diverse backgrounds like Engineering, Pharmacy, Medical, etc., take it. A Master’s program or a Ph.D. in the US gives you global exposure and an opportunity to learn advanced technologies.

Why is GRE required?  University admissions and fellowship panels use GRE test scores. This exam is taken by students from across the world. Between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, there were more than 5 lakh test-takers. So, GRE is like a common evaluation platform for all these students.  These scores provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of students who apply to US Universities from around the world and help in the evaluation of undergrad grades and recommendations.

What is the exam pattern of this common platform? GRE predominantly tests a student on his verbal and quantitative ability. The question types on which students are tested in GRE reflect the kind of thought process students requires in graduate school.

The test has three areas:

Verbal Reasoning-It tests a student’s ability to read written content, understand and analyze it.  It tests the student’s familiarity with words. The written material can be in passages, paragraphs, or a few sentences.

Quantitative Reasoning-It tests a student’s knowledge of basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis.

Analytical Writing- It tests a student’s critical thinking and writing abilities; and also evaluates, how effectively and clearly a student is able to put forth his point.



Analytical Writing
(One section with two separately timed tasks)

One “Analyze an Issue” task and one “Analyze an Argument” task30 minutes per task0-6

Verbal Reasoning
(Two sections)

20 questions per section30 minutes per section


Quantitative Reasoning
(Two sections)
20 questions per section35 minutes per section





An unidentified unscored section may come any time after the analytical writing assessment section. But, the identified research section comes at the end.

The test has the following features that students can use: You can move to the next question with or without answering the current questions. You can come back to unanswered questions later. You can mark questions for reviews. You can edit your answers. Of course, you can use all these features within a given section. Also, the quantitative section has an on-screen calculator.

The overall testing time for the computer-based GRE® revised General Test is about three hours and 45 minutes. There are six sections with a 10-minute break following the third section. Sitting continuously before a computer, in an exam atmosphere might make some students restless, but you need to practice that aspect also through the online practice mock exams that you take during your preparation.

As you are aware, the GRE test is written by students from different subject backgrounds. Studying in Telugu medium schools or not having a mathematics background after high school should not become inhibitions that prevent you to score well. I do know many Telugu medium students who got great scores. All it needs is persistent efforts.

GRE General Test is a Computer-based exam. It also has a paper-based version which is conducted in some countries. In our country, students take the Computer-based test.  For the test, you need to book your slot in advance. Sometimes, this could be few months in advance. You must register online at In India, we have test centers in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Trivandrum, Allahabad, Ahmedabad. Students can take the test once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period. However, the majority of the students do well in their first attempt or max another attempt.

The General test fee is around $ 185. Once, you book your test, in case of cancellation, you must cancel no later than four days before your test date or your test fee will be forfeited. In case of rescheduling a test date, you may incur a cost of $ 50.

GRE scores are valid for five years. So, you can take the test while pursuing your undergrad degree. For any authentic information about the test or to book your slot, you can refer to (

Hope you have some clarity on “Why” and “What” GRE is. In the next article, we will learn about the Scores and how to improve scores, how to plan for the tests.

 Top Results

Sri krishna




Rama Pranav


Dinesh Reddy


O. Vaidehi


Ratna Kumar


A. Sneha


Chaitanya Sai


Devinder Kumar


Hari Krishna




Dheeraj Reddy


Venkat Sayeesh


K Sumanth Kumar



"Aspiration + Abhyaas = SUCCESS. Smart teaching in the smart era stepped into Abhyaas aiming GRE got a bonus placement because of the Quantitative Ability gained. Improved my verbal dictionary count with ABHYAAS. Learning with the best made me one among the bests.."

Mahathi, 303/340

Good atmosphere, the teaching & non teaching staff was very helpful. Joining Abhyaas is the first step towards success in GRE and IELTS. Interactive sessions were very helpful to know shortcut techniques. Thank you Abhyaas for a wonderful experience!”

MD.-Afroz-Pasha, 301/340

“I had achieved this score with the help of Abhyaas. The quant sessions helped me in achieving good score. Material is also one of the best thing in Abhyaas. Team is also very supportive. Thank you ABHYAAS for everything. . .”

Dinesh Reddy, 308/340

I had a very good experience at Abhyaas. The modules provided by Abhyaas were very efficient and helped me to get good score in GRE. Mock tests provided were expedient. Thank You Abhyaas...

Divya, 306/340

Abhyaas follows good and easy ways to explain concepts

Praveen Kumar

The examples and explanations provided were apt, which were helpful for us


Quant is explained logically and verbal, through examples

Vamsidhar Rao

I liked the course,so much that, I want to attend classes even though my course is completed.

Srikanth Sagar

Words from my heart ABHYAAS rocks.


Everyone at ABHYAAS care a lot about the students.


The faculty was very good. The Vocab section was very interesting.


The course made me feel better equipped to take the GRE.


Great faculty. Good, friendly and helpful in everything regarding the course.


I enjoyed a lot, especially the verbal classes. I have learnt a lot from ABHYAAS. THANKYOU.


Simply awesome and worth the time invested.