Graduate Record Examination

Graduate Record Examination

Students planning to pursue Masters of Science, commonly known as MS, take the GRE – Graduate Record Examination.

Post July 2011, the GRE pattern has changed and the exam is no longer a computer adaptive test but the performance in the given section will determine the level of the next section.

New GRE has 2 sections for GRE Verbal and Quantitative. Each section is considered as one stage. First Section is Stage 1 (or called as Routing Stage). Depending on your performance, the test taker is routed to one of several alternative second-stage tests, each of which consists of a fixed set of questions and differs on average difficulty.

If you get high score in Section 1, your entire set of questions in Section 2 will be under Difficult (or very difficult) category. This makes the New GRE difficult to crack.


  1. You get Quant section first. You solve all the questions which will be a mixture of easy, moderate and difficult. Assuming you did really well, your next section, say Verbal, will be more difficult. If you perform badly, your next section will again be easy.
  2. Moderately difficult level of questions will be given to you in Section 1. Based on your performance, you will get one of Easy, Moderate and Difficult in section 2.
  • Score 165 in Section 1 then you will be routed to Difficult Level in Section 2.
  • If you score 135 then you will be routed to Easy Stage 2.

Another variation can be

  • Stage 1: Moderately Difficult
  • Stage 2: Very Easy, Easy, Moderate, Difficult and Very Difficult


You should solve the first few questions (the first 8-9 questions) taking as much time as required and get them right. This is not true. It depends on the level of questions. You should not blindly follow this logic and lose too much time so that you do not have enough time in the end to solve the remaining questions which may turn out to be easier. It’s “suicide”.

 Must do:

You SHOULD attempt all the questions even though you might have to mark an answer without spending enough time on it because an incomplete paper can cost you a loss of significant points.

 How many types of GRE’s are there?

GRE are of two types:

  1. General Test:The General Test takes into account verbal reasoning, quantitative ability, and analytical writing skills. Almost all the universities accept the General test score and usually everyone opts for this test. It takes place round the year and you can choose your date according to your convenience.
  2. Subject Test:The Subject Test measures the achievement in a particular subject area or extensive background in that discipline. These tests are in the following areas: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Literature (English), Physics and Psychology. It is conducted on a fixed date for everyone, more on the terms of an entrance exam. Mostly none of the engineers go for this.

 Structure of the GRE :

The computer-based General Test is composed of 3 sections:

  • Verbal Reasoning (English)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (Math)
  • Analytical Writing sections (Essays)
Test Format - No Computer Adaptive Test
– Skipping Questions Permitted
- Skipping questions are NOW ALLOWED
– Scores not based on solving the first few questions correctly
Scoring Scale 130 – 170 with 1 point Increment. Earlier it was 200 – 800 with 10 point increment


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