The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a general test designed to measure the academic ability of those students who want to get admission in any non-business university or college of USA. But now many business institutes have also recognized GRE test. Educational testing service (ETS) conducts the exams at more than 700 in about 160 countries. ETS was established in 1949. In 2011 ETS revised the GRE pattern now it has become more comprehensive and objective test.
There are two types of GRE tests i.e paper based and computer based. Paper based test is taken up to three times in a year i.e in October, November and February, While computer based test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year.
There are two categorizes of this test i.e General and Subject. General GRE is taken to judge your overall academic progress irrespective of any particular subject. While in GRE Subject your ability in one of the following subjects is determined.
Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
Literature in English
GRE subject is the admission acquirement of American institutes in the above mentioned 8 disciplines. While GRE general test measures your analytical writing, quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning skills. The duration of GRE general is approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes.
GRE in Pakistan
There are following GRE test centers in different provinces of Pakistan
Islamabad, Federal capital
Jalalpur Jattan, Punjab
You can get yourself registered for online from Pakistan. You can also get yourself registered through phone, fax and mail. Contact regional registration center for more detail.
Regional Registration Center ASIA:
P.O. Box 12964
50794 Kuala Lumpur
Many books are available in the market about GRE preparation. Many websites on internet also provide free resources for preparation. ETS also provides some premium as well as free material for preparation so do visit their official website www.ets.org for official guideline regarding preparation. Down load free software POWERPREP® II, Version 2.1 from this site for better practice. Donot use past papers for preparation purpose as ETS has changed the design of the test..
GRE score remains valid for next five years. The registration fee is 185 dollars. Deserving students can apply for concession in fee.
GRE & GMAT
GRE has become the alternative of GMAT. Almost all the business schools now accept the both. Still you should make it confirm from your desired institutes that which test they prefer,
ETS will send your test score free of cost to four institutes of your choice. If you appear in paper based test then your official score will be sent to your designated universities within the six weeks after the test date and if you appear in computer based test then your official test will be sent to your designated institutes within the 2 weeks after your test date. You can see your score online. If you want to get the paper copy of your score you will have to submit an application to ETS and 25 dollars fee.