GRE Score
USINFO | 2014-01-03 17:18
Many graduate schools in the United States and other English-speaking countries require that students seeking admission take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). This test measures analytical writing skills, verbal reasoning skills, critical thinking skills, and quantitative reasoning skills. Accordingly, the GRE does not test any specific field of study; rather, it tests potential graduate students in tasks of a general academic nature. 

Different schools use GRE scores in different ways, and this usage varies from school to school, department to department, and program to program. Some schools or programs consider only verbal scores, while other programs might consider only quantitative scores. The GRE is available both on computer and on paper. The computer-based test lasts approximately three hours, while the paper test can last up to four hours. The paper GRE has three scored sections—verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing–with the same number of questions in each section.

●The analytical writing section of the GRE will instruct you to choose one of two issues and state your perspective on that issue.You will have 45 minutes to complete your writing.

●Then, using that same issue, you must complete an argument task. You will have 30 minutes to complete this portion of the test.

●The two verbal sections of the GRE consist of 38 questions per section, and you will have 30 minutes to complete your answers.

●The quantitative section of the GRE features two subsections with thirty questions each, and you will have thirty minutes to complete each section.

●One section of each test will remain unscored, but since you will not know which section will be overlooked, you should do your best on all of the sections. 

Your GRE scores range from 200 to 800 for both the verbal and quantitative sections, and the analytical writing is rated from 1 to 6. In 2004-2008, the average GRE verbal score was 462, and the average GRE quantitative score was 584. The average GRE score on the writing section in 2004-2008 was a 4. The chart immediately following this section summarizes various universities’ GRE expectations for incoming students. 

GRE tests are available all year long at various centers all over the country. Dates and times vary and appointments are necessary. You cannot take the GRE more than five times in twelve months, and you cannot take the GRE more than one time per month. 

Average GRE scores of students at well-known universities compared to the average GRE scores of all test takers—How do you measure up?

University Average Verbal Score Average Quantitative
Columbia 529 773
Cornell 607 770
Harvard 555 768
Yale 522 743
UCLA 534 766
University of MI 600 range 750-800 range
University of NC 583 690
William and Mary 580 690
Average score of test takers 462 584

Paper-based GRE revised General Test Dates
February 9, 2013

NB: 8:30 a.m. is examinees report time to test center (American Cultural Center)

In addition, there are a number of subject tests available, much like the SAT. These are offered in October, November, and April of every year.
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