Ultimate guide to GRE

What is GRE?

GRE stands for Graduate Record Examinations and is a standardized test which is an admission requirement for a lot of graduate schools in the USA, Canada and other countries.The GRE aims to measure your verbal/quantitative reasoning, analytical writing and critical thinking skills.

The score/grade range is from 0.0 to 6.0 with 0.5 points increment. The validity of the score is 5 years. 

GRE in a nutshell

Full formGraduate Record Examinations
TypeComputer based/paper based
Skills testedAnalytical writing, quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning
Score range0.0 to 6.0 (.5 increments)
Eligibility criteriaNo eligibility criteria 


  • Computer/paper based exam
  • Over half a million students over 160 countries take this test every year
  • More than 1200 business schools accept it 
  • Can offer a merit based scholarship for grad school

Types of GRE

There are two types of GRE tests :

  1. GRE General Test

This test for students seeking admission in management courses. The general test is a basic test that is applicable to a lot of disciplines.

  1. GRE Subject Test

This tests evaluates the student’s ability on a particular subject. The subject can be mathematics, literature, English, Physics, etc. This test is only required if the student is looking for specialization in a course. Every year the course is conducted only three times (April, September and October).

Format of the test

The test is divided into six different tasks. 

Verbal section

This section measures your reading comprehension, critical thinking and usage of vocabulary. The test is scored on a scale of 130-170 with 1 point increment.  The verbal section consists of the following :

  1. Six text completions
  2. Four sentence equivalence
  3. Ten questions (critical reading)

Quantitative section

This section tests how good your reasoning skills are and mathematics knowledge is. The test is also scored on a scale of 130-170 with one point increment.The segments consists:

  1. 20 questions (35 minutes is allocated)
    1. Eight comparisons
    2. Nine problem solving questions
    3. Three Data interpretation questions (charts, figures, etc.)

Analytical Writing

This section requires you to write two essays :

  • Issue task 

You have 30 minutes to write an essay about a selected topic. 

  • Argument task

You are given an arguement and asked to write an essay that critiques the argument. You have 30 minutes alloted for this essay.

This section is graded on a scale of 0-6 in half point increments. 

Experimental section

This session can be either verbal or quantitative and is only available for the computer based session. There is no experimental section in the paper based format of the test. 

Eligibility Criteria


No age limit is set by the ETS for the GRE general test. 

Educational criteria

There is educational criteria set by the ETS. However, the candidates are expected to have a graduate degree in any discipline.

How much does the GRE cost in Nepal?

GRE costs US $205 (roughly Rs 23500) in Nepal.

How to register for GRE in Nepal?

To register for GRE in Nepal, do the following :

  1. Create an ETS accont (www.ets.org/gre)
  2. Select the type of GRE exam you want to take
  3. Select the date and the nearest center
  4. Provide your academic details 
  5. Pay

GRE test centers in Nepal

There are two GRE test centers in Nepal. They are :

  • USEF Nepal (Full Bright Commision)
  • ST. Xavier’s School, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur

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