GRE

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

The GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) revised General Test, is an entrance test for admission into post-graduate programmes of studies in the fields of engineering, sciences, arts and businesses. The test is required primarily in USA, but some of the program based in other countries may also need the scores of GRE for entry purpose. GRE measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills — skills that have been developed over a long period of time and are not related to a specific field of study but are important for all.

Test Format (Computer-basedTest)

MeasuresQuestionsDurations
Analytical Writing
(One section with two separately timed tasks)
One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning
(Two sections)
20 questions per section30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning
(Two sections)
20 questions per section35 minutes per section
Unscored¹VariesVaries
Research²VariesVaries

¹ An unidentified unscored section that does not count toward your score may be included and may appear in any order after the Analytical Writing section. Questions in the unscored section are being tried out either for possible use in future tests or to ensure that scores on new editions of the test are comparable to scores from earlier editions.

² An identified research section that does not count toward your score may be included in place of the unscored section. The research section will always appear at the end of the test. Questions in this section are included for ETS research purposes.

The Analytical Writing section will always be first. The Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and unidentified/unscored sections may appear in any order; therefore, you should treat each section as if it counts toward your score.

Section Information Briefly

 Analytical Writing Assessment

The Analytical Writing measure tests your critical thinking and analytical writing skills. It assesses your ability to articulate and support complex ideas, construct and evaluate arguments, and sustain a focused and coherent discussion. It does not assess specific content knowledge.

Quantitative

The Quantitative Reasoning measure of the GRE® revised General Test assesses your basic mathematical skills, understanding of elementary mathematical concepts and ability to reason quantitatively and to model and solve problems with quantitative methods. Many of the questions are "word problems," which must be translated and modeled mathematically. The skills, concepts and abilities are assessed in the four content areas of Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Data Analysis.

Verbal

The Verbal Reasoning measure of the GRE® revised General Test assesses your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.

Verbal Reasoning questions appear in several formats. About half of the measure requires you to read passages and answer questions on those passages. The other half requires you to read, interpret and complete existing sentences, groups of sentences or paragraphs.

Scoring

Scores Reported on the GRE® revised General Test

Verbal Reasoning

130–170, in 1 point increments

Quantitative Reasoning

130–170, in 1 point increments

Analytical Writing

0–6, in half point increments

If no questions are answered for a specific measure (e.g., Verbal Reasoning), then you will receive a No Score (NS) for that measure.

Miscellaneous Details

Nature of the test          :           Computer-Based                       Test frequency              :           Almost all weekdays

(Mondays to Fridays)

Exam Fee                     :           $ 250    Score Validity Period                                         :           5 years

Rescheduling Fee          :           $ 50/-                            Score Reporting Time                :           15 – 20 days

Free Score Reports       :           4                                  Extra Score reporting Fee          :           $ 27

Official Website            :           www.gre.org                                                                 

Deadline for Free Score Reporting         :           till the day of the test

GRE coaching at Shine

At Shine, day one is always a day of mock test.   The test result allows an individual to know where he stands and consequently provides him an idea of how much effort is required to achieve a desirable score.

For Essay part, firstly the different essay question types are explained. Then guidelines are given on how to compose the essay on each type of topic. Then our faculties discuss 10 topics of each type from official pool of essay topics. Discussion revolves around the ideas to be presented, organization to be followed and language to be used for composing essay.

For Quantitative part, every session begins with concepts teaching of a particular topic. After concept explanation, our teachers solve few problems of different types to show how concept is applied. Then students are given approximately 25 questions of varying difficulty levels to solve in the class. As students solve the problems, the teachers remain present in the class to help the students in case any difficulty arises. For home-assignment, approximately an equal number of questions are given for practice. Towards the last 15 – 20 minutes of session, our teachers take doubts of the previous home-assignment, if any.

For Verbal part, our teachers first explain the different question types that compose the section. Then approach and strategies are explained to tackle these question types. For practice in the class, passages are taken from Official Guide (OG) of GRE. The OG contains approximately 25 passages of varying lengths. All these passages are taken in the class with a very strong focus on discussion. Similarly, for sentence completion question, the same book is used. The book has approximately 75 questions on sentence completion. Our teachers do all these question, again with a very strong focus on discussion.       

After completion of classroom training, 5 full-length mock tests are administered at our testing centre. Faculties also conduct revision session as well as take doubts of students.

Salient Features

  • Intensive and comprehensive coaching of 80 classroom hours
  • Qualified, experienced and trained teachers
  • 5 full-length mock tests post classroom coaching
  • Well-stocked library
  • GRE official Guide.