GRE Overview

GRE stands for Graduate Record Examinations. It is a standardised aptitude exam with a pre-defined syllabus. It is one of the most widely accepted admissions tests for graduate and business school programs, and is used for admissions decisions for MBA, specialized master's in business and doctoral programs.

GRE is divided into two categories. The GRE General Test that measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills - the types of skills required for success in today's demanding graduate and business school programs - and the GRE Practice Test that measures knowledge of a particular field of study helping students stand out from other applicants by emphasizing their knowledge and skill level in a specific area.

GRE Overview

The following sections compose the GRE test




Analytical Writing


60 mins

Analyse an issue


30 mins

Analyse an argument


30 mins

Quantitative Reasoning 
(2 sections)

approximately 20 questions each section

35 mins/ section

Verbal Reasoning 
(2 sections)

approximately 20 questions each section

30 mins/ section






Brief on Each Section

The GRE is a multiple-choice multi-stage test that measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills. It has been designed in a way so as to calculate the student's intellectual and logical abilities, adapting to performance by selecting questions based on previous answers. The test allows its takers to skip questions within a section, go back and change answers and have the flexibility to choose which questions within a section they want to answer first.

The GRE question types are designed to closely reflect the kind of thinking that students will be expected to do in graduate or business school and are based upon the following skills:

Verbal Reasoning

This section measures a student's ability to analyse and evaluate written material and to synthesize information obtained from it. It measures the ability to analyse relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among concepts and words.

Quantitative Reasoning

This section measures a student's problem-solving ability and focusses on basic concepts of algebra, arithmetic, data analysis and geometry.

Analytical Writing

This section measures analytical writing skills and critical thinking. It specifically measures student's ability to articulate and support ideas that are complex in nature both clearly and effectively.

Section Adaptive Test Format

The Revised GRE test is section adaptive test. Within the same section, the test progresses linearly. Depending on the responses given to all the questions of a particular section, the harder or easier section of the same type is chosen.


Essays are scored on a scale of 0 - 6 in 0.5 increments.

Quantitative Reasoning section is scored on a scale of 130 - 170 in 1 point increment.

Verbal Reasoning section is scored on a scale of 130 - 170 in 1 point increment. Good score is 300 / 340

Course Content

Prolific uses the most relevant and frequently tested content helping its students to fully familiarise themselves with the GRE and to organize their time in an effective manner to achieve the best scores.


Q. Does the GRE General Test measure knowledge in any specific disciplines?

A. GRE Practice Test measures a student's verbal and quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills – disciplines that are relevant to every field of study and important in graduate or business schools.

Q. How is the GRE scored?

A. The first sections of the Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning parts range from the levels of 'Easy' to 'Difficult'. Each subsequent section is administered based on the student's overall performance in the preceding section. A score of 130 - 170 per section is generated for the Verbal and Quantitative sections. Both scores are then added to give a total score of 260 - 340.

Q. What kind of writing software does the AWA section employ?

A. Students will use a basic word processor developed by ETS. The basic word processor contains a number of functionalities: insert text, delete text, cut-and-paste and undo the previous action. Other tools such as a grammar checker or a spell checker and are not available in the ETS software. This makes essay writing fair in relation to handwritten essays of the students in the paper-based tests.

Q. Is it advisable to re-take the GRE if the score received in the first attempt is low?

Students must make a concerted effort to prepare for the GRE the second time and retake the exam, if they feel that their GRE test scores do not reflect their actual capabilities.

Q. For what duration is a GRE score valid?

A. A GRE score is valid for five years. While a student can retake the exam to improve upon scores, Institutions will have access to all your scores registered in the last five years. Hence, candidates are advised to prepare thoroughly before appearing for the exam.

Q. When do I consider myself ready to take the GRE?

A. Our 48-hour module is specifically customised and designed to make a candidate 'exam ready'. However if a student is deemed to be under prepared, we offer a combination of extra tutoring, further mock tests and result-oriented strategic sessions to prepare the student to take the GRE.

Q. Where can I get more information about the GRE?

A. Please fill in the enquiry form available on the webpage and we will get back to you at the earliest. Alternatively, you may walk into Prolific office or give us a call. Details of all our offices are listed on the 'Contact Us' page of the website. Our counsellors or faculty will be happy to assist with any GRE queries.

Miscellaneous Details

Score Validity: 5 years

Test Fee: $195

Score reporting time: 2 weeks (app)

Nature of Test: Computer based test

Test Repetition Policy: Once calendar month and five times a calendar year

Rescheduling fee: $50

Registration Mode: Mail/ Online/ Telephone/ Fax

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