Examination Schedule For GRE


Thousands of candidates wish to join the US universities for graduation and post graduation. These students come from all parts of the world with varied socioeconomic backgrounds. Each one of them cannot be admitted in these universities as the sheer number of such candidates is too high to be accommodated. It forces the US education system to rate these candidates as per their skills and academic abilities. The undergraduate GPA (Grade Point Average) cannot be the sole measurement of this as the academic curriculum is different in every part of the world. The examination called GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is designed to test these candidates for their aptitudes and prepare a merit list. If you wish to be a part of this band wagon then you have to be very serious about your approach. The test is valid for the universities in the UK, Australia and Canada also. Only those students who have scored high in the test can think of joining these universities. Knowing about the test schedule is important for planning your test attempt. The schedule adopted by different test centres is different. This article will give you all required information regarding the  schedule for registration, examination  as well as the course schedule of the test.

GRE Overview:

The complete process of the test can be divided into various phases as it is an important milestone between the completion of your undergraduate studies and joining your dream university in one of the countries mentioned above. Once you look for the test schedule you will come to know about the details of these various phases. These phases are mentioned below:

* Understanding the GRE Pattern

* GRE examination schedule

* GRE registration schedule

* GRE preparation

* GRE attempt

* GRE result

* Admission to a university

The first and foremost thing is to be aware of the test pattern. This will tell you what you are being tested for. The examination schedule will give you an idea about various test centres and their test dates. It will also give you an idea as to how the test is conducted. The  schedule for registration will explain about the various options of registration. Once you have registered yourself well in time, you can concentrate on your studies for the test with a peaceful mind. The test schedule will give you information on how to go about preparing for the test. It is also important to know about the exact procedure to be followed at the test centre and when you should expect your results. Finally once you have received your test scores you need to prepare yourself for an admission to your dream university.

GRE Pattern:

New format of GRE is much friendlier and technically advanced. It is designed to test your analytical and critical skills which are more aligned to the present day requirements. These are the skills which you would have acquired over a long period of time right since your childhood days. Thus, they are not related to any specific area of your study. The test schedule is decided by the ETS (Educational Testing Service), a private non-profit organization for educational testing and research.

General Test in GRE can be taken up in two forms, i.e. the GRE CBT (Computer Based Test) and the GRE Paper-Based Test. The Computer Based Test is the new revised version of the previous GRE CAT (Computer Adaptive Test), which will be discontinued from August 2011. So the new GRE CBT is no more computer adaptive, i.e. it no more adapts to the student’s standard. It is approximately three hours and forty-five minutes long, excluding short breaks. There are six sections in the revised CBT. These are as follows: two Verbal Reasoning sections (30 minutes each section), two Quantitative Reasoning sections (35 minutes each), one Analytical writing section that contains two separate tasks (30 minutes for each task) and one unscored Experimental section. The Experimental section is generally either a verbal or a quantitative reasoning section and does not count towards your scores. The test pattern includes this Experimental section to help the organizers evaluate questions for future exams. The paper based test also has these six sections. The paper based test differs in terms of time allotted to the individual sections. It has 35 minutes each for the two Verbal Reasoning sections, 40 minutes each for the two Quantitative Reasoning sections and the Analytical Writing section has the same amount of time allotted as the CBT counterpart, i.e. 30 minutes for each section. The time limit of the Experimental section varies according to its type, whether it is a Verbal or Quantitative Reasoning section. In case of the computer based test, another identified research section may also follow and it is not scored just like the experimental section. Also, in the CBT version the Analytical Writing Section comes first, followed by the other sections which may come in any order.

GRE Examination Schedule:

Previously, the examination schedule was available in two forms i.e. the complete test and a split-test, the split-test option being valid for some of the countries like China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea. But with the introduction of the new revised test, the split test format is no more available. The complete test means that all the sections are conducted at the same time in whichever form (CBT or Paper-Based) you wish. The  schedule for GRE CBT includes time for the hands-on tutorial which you must complete before starting the actual timed test. This tutorial is useful for those who are not familiar with computers.

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