Graduate Record Examination or GRE is a standardized test that is an admission requirement for many graduate schools mainly in the United States and Canada.
ETS creates and administers this test worldwide.
It is usually computer-based test administered by top quality qualified testing centers. The paper-based GRE test is offered in those regions where computer-based testing is not available. In India, only computer-based test is offered.
The GRE test is only one of the several factors which graduate schools look at to decide the selection of a candidate. A high score alone does not convert to an admission offer. But the test can be looked upon as the first major hurdle to be cleared in the process of getting admission into a graduate school.
The Graduate Record Examination measures verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills. There is more emphasis on your ability to understand what you've read and how you apply your reasoning and less reliance on vocabulary out of context.
The GRE revised General Test is the only admissions test for graduate or business school that lets you skip questions within a section, go back and change answers, and have control to tackle the questions within a section you want to answer first.
The GRE revised General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you'll do in graduate or business school.
Verbal Reasoning - Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.
Quantitative Reasoning - Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
Analytical Writing - Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.