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The Graduate Record Examination is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for most graduate schools.
Taking on the GRE
If you're set on going to grad school, you'll have to conquer the GRE first. Here's a brief overview of the test.
GRE Quick Facts
What specifically does the GRE test?
|Frequency||Most weekdays and weekends year-round|
|Duration||3 hours, 45 minutes|
|Sections||Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing|
On the verbal side, the GRE tests vocabulary, primarily in context, and a whole lot of reading comprehension. The three distinct question types on the verbal portion are Text Completion, Sentence Equivalence and Reading Comprehension.
On the math side, the GRE tests basic math concepts up through algebra I and geometry. The most commonly tested topics include basic algebra, geometry, averages, ratios, number properties, exponents and square roots, and numeric problem solving.
There are also two essays. One tests your ability to formulate a convincing argument based upon a topic you select from two choices. The other will give you the argument and you have to evaluate it.
Of course, ETS likes to claim that the GRE tests skills that you will need to be successful in graduate school, but really all it tests is your ability to take the GRE. Fortunately, that can be learned and mastered.
How is the GRE scored?
Test-takers will get three separate scores, one for the Quantitative (the math), one for the Verbal, and one for the Analytic (the essays). Math and Verbal scores will range between 130 and 170 in one point increments. Analytic scores range between 0 and 6 in half point increments.
The Revised General Test is adaptive by section. Every test taker will see at least two math sections and two verbal sections. The difficulty level of the second section of each subject is determined by the test taker's performance on the first section of each subject. If you get lots of questions right on the first section, you will get a harder second section, but access to higher scores. If you do poorly on the first section, you will get an easier second section and your scoring potential is capped at a lower range.
Some test takers will also see an additional experimental math or verbal section, which will not be included in the final score. If you see three math sections, you will know that your experimental section was math, but you won't be able to tell which of the three was not scored.
Essays are evaluated by one human and one computer. Each assigns a score on the 1- to 6-point scale. Final scores for both readers and both essays are averaged and rounded up to the nearest 1/2 point. A test taker who skips the essays or writes an essay on a topic other than the ones that have been presented, receives a score of 0.
Your GRE score remains valid for five years.
Schools differ in how they use your GRE score. Some consider it very important, while others view it as a formality. We recommend asking your prospective programs- most will be quite willing to tell you what role the test plays in their admissions decisions.
What are the GRE Subject Tests?
The GRE Subject Tests are similar to the SAT Subject Tests in that they test your knowledge of a particular subject like chemistry or literature. Not every school requires a GRE Subject Test, but many of the most competitive programs do. ETS offers the tests three times a year; they are not part of the standard GRE.
What are the differences between the GRE and the GMAT?
The GRE, GMAT, business school and you.
If you want to apply to business school but don't want to take the GMAT, you may be in luck. More than 1,200 MBA programs now accept the GRE General Test in lieu of the GMAT for admissions, and that means more options for you. Admissions trends are showing that business schools are looking for applicants with more than just a background and experience in business, and that means that the GMAT is not the only test in the game anymore. Before you choose which test to take, you should find out what the schools you are applying to are looking for, and from there the choice is all up to you.
What's the difference?
The GMAT and the GRE are very different tests, but they have one thing in common. No matter which test you decide to take, you'll need to prepare if you want to get a score that admissions officers can't ignore. Once you pick the test you want to take, your next step should be to choose how you want to prepare for that test. We have prep options for both the GMAT and GRE to ensure you get the best score possible.
To help you compare the differences between the tests, check out this handy chart.
So how do I choose?
|Why take it||The test is required for admission to most graduate schools and a growing number of business schools.||The test is required for admission to most business schools.|
|Test Structure||The GRE consists of a 60-minute Analytical Writing section - with two essays at 30 minutes each. There is a Verbal Reasoning section, also with two 30-minute parts. There are two 35-minute Quantitative Reasoning sections. There's also a 30-35 minute experimental section that can be either math or verbal.||The GMAT consists of a 30-minute Analytic section with one essay, a 30-minute Integrated Reasoning section, a 75-minute Quantitative section and a 75- minute Verbal section.|
|Test Format||Offered in paper-based and computer-adaptive by section formats.||The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test.|
|How It's Scored||Verbal and Quantitative scores from 130 to 170 in 1-point increments.||The overall, or composite, GMAT score ranges from 200 to 800 in 10-point increments.|
|Testing Time||3.5 hours using paper or 3.75 hours using computer||3.5 hours|
|How Long Are Scores Valid For?||5 years||5 years|
Our goal is to help you to get into one of your top-choice business schools. We recommend you research the schools you're interested in and find out if they also accept the GRE. Click here to see the list of the 700 schools that currently accept both the GRE and the GMAT.
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Which test is right for me?
The best way to determine whether the GMAT or GRE is better suited to your abilities is to get your feet wet with a practice test for each exam. Getting into business school is competitive and you don't want to take an actual GRE or GMAT sight unseen. We offer FREE full-length computer-adaptive diagnostic tests for both the GRE and the GMAT.
How will business schools use my GRE score?
Since the GMAT and the GRE are completely different tests, comparing scores on the two is like comparing apples to oranges. ETS (the folks who administer the GRE) and GMAC (the folks who administer the GMAT) both use comparison tools to put student's scores into perspective, but many MBA programs use the ETS comparison tool as a benchmark. To get the most out of your score and your application, you should research your chosen schools to see what score ranges they require for admission.
About the SAT
Your SAT score is a pivotal component of your college applications. Most colleges use these scores to help decide whether to admit trainees or not. Created by The College Board, the SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions.
SAT Quick Facts
What is the SAT and why is it important?
|Duration||3 hours, 45 minutes|
|Sections||Math, Critical Reading, Writing|
The idea (in theory, at least) is to provide colleges with one common criterion that can be used to compare all applicants. However, it is just one factor in the admissions decision. Schools also consider your high school GPA, academic transcript, letters of recommendation, interviews and personal essays. The weight placed on SAT scores varies from school to school. For more specific information on the importance of SAT scores at the schools you're interested in, contact the admissions offices directly.
The SAT is offered nationally every year in October, November, December, January, March, May and June.
What specifically does the SAT test?
There are three SAT sections: Math, Critical Reading and Writing. The Writing section requires test takers to complete an essay that is factored into the final score. Start to finish, the test will take you three hours and 45 minutes.
How is the SAT scored?
Each section is scored on a 200 to 800 point scale, making the "perfect" score 2400.
How do I register?
SAT registration deadlines fall approximately five weeks before each test date. To register by mail, fill out the registration form in the College Board's Bulletin for the SAT Program . You can get a free copy of this publication from your school's guidance counselor.
How can I prepare?
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