GRE test is conducted to check a candidates verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and writing skills that are not linked with any particular course of study. The test evaluates the candidates undergraduate effectiveness in eight fields and tells about the candidates caliber for succeeding in a graduate course.
WHO CAN TAKE THE GRE TEST?
A student who wants to seek admission in any graduate course will have to take this test. The scores of the test are taken into consideration by a number of colleges and universities for giving admission or fellowship to a student for a graduate course. The test helps in judging whether the candidate fits into the given criteria required to give admission for a graduate course.
The test can be taken at any time of the year at a computer-based center. Some of the test centers do not provide the computer based test facility; at some places the candidate has to appear for a paper based test. All recognized graduate, business or professional schools demand the candidate to pass this test before admitting him into a graduate course.
VARIOUS PARTS OF GRE:
The candidate is tested for:
The verbal reasoning test measures the candidate's ability to analyze and judge the written material and unite the information that he has obtained from it. It judges how a student analyses and recognizes the relationships between words and concepts and various parts of sentences.
It tests how properly the student can understand the basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis. It judges the students quantitative reasoning and problem solving abilities in a quantitative setting.
It tests how clearly the candidate can put forward his ideas and support the ideas with appropriate examples. It is made up of two tasks. The first one is an issue task and the other an argument task.
TYPES OF GRE TEST:
The candidate can either opt for the computer based test or the paper based test.
Computer Based GRE Test
Computer based test for GRE consists of verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing sections. The candidate might have to appear for one unscored section that generally appears after the analytical writing section. The score of this section is not included in the final test score, but is preserved for future use in the tests. The computer based test is for three hours and all the instructions are displayed on the computer screen before the starting of each section. All kinds of information related to every section like the total number of questions that the candidate will have to attempt in the section and the time allotted for the section etc will be conveyed to the candidate through the computer.
The computer based test consists of analytical writing section, which is divided into an issue task and an argument task. In the issue task, the candidate will be presented with two essay topics and he will have to select one out of them on which he wants to write. The time allotted to the candidate will be 45 minutes. In the argument task, the candidate will be presented with one topic and he will have to write on that in 30 minutes, no choice will be given.
The verbal section of the computer based test will have to be completed in 30 minutes. The quantitative section contains 28 questions to be finished in 45 minutes. An unscored section might be added in the computer based test and can occur in any sequence after the analytical writing section. Its score are not included in the test scores of GRE. Similarly, an identified research section may also be included which will not be scored and is given at the end of the test.
Paper Based GRE Test:
Paper based test for GRE consists of verbal reasoning test section that contains an issue task for which the student is given 2 essay topics, and he has to select any one of them. This section of the paper based test has to be completed in 45 minutes. In the argument task, the candidate will have to write on one topic that will be allotted to him.
The verbal section of the paper based test is divided into two sections each made up of 38 questions to be completed in 30 minutes. Likewise, the quantitative section of the paper based test is also made up of two sections, each section has to be completed in 30 minutes each and there are 30 questions in each section. It may also contain an unscored section and can be put in any order after the analytical writing section. Its scores are not counted.
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