4.7 Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
The GRE is typically required for graduate (Masterís and PhD) studies in computer science, engineering, humanities, sciences and some programs in business. The GRE offers two types of tests: General Test and Subject Tests. While most colleges require the GRE General Test, only a subset requires the GRE Subject Test.
The GRE General tests consists of 3 parts:
Each part of the GRE General Test - Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical - is scored on a scale of 200 to 800; thus, the additive overall scale of 600 to 2400. Your score on each part individually - and thus the overall score - is important. Colleges assess and place different emphasis (or weight) on individual components based on the type of program to which you are applying. For example, engineering programs may place more emphasis on the Quantitative and Analytical parts, whereas English program may place greater emphasis on the Verbal and Analytical parts.
Chances are that you would take the computer-based GRE. This is how it works. You are first presented with questions of medium level of difficulty. As you answer the questions, an algorithm in the background assesses your performance on an on-going basis. As you answer each question correctly, the computer presents questions of increased level of difficulty. If, on the other hand, you answer incorrectly, you are presented with questions of lesser difficulty. This mechanism has two implications that are different form a paper-based test:
The GRE Subject Tests are designed to help graduate school admission committees and fellowship sponsors assess the qualifications of applicants in specific fields of study. The GRE Subject Tests are available in 8 discipline: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. Whether you are required to take a Subject Test depends on your prospective college.
We can not emphasize enough that your performance on the GRE is critical to your prospects for admission and, more importantly, for financial assistance. You must take the GRE very seriously. Your performance on this test could be the ultimate difference in your success or failure for studying in America or Canada.
You can obtain more details about the Graduate Record Exam on the Web: (http://www.gre.org).
The contact information for the GRE in India:
Phone: +91-11-651-1649 (New Delhi, India)