The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a widely accepted admissions test used for entry into graduate schools in the United States. It is available at about 700 test centers in over 160 countries. The test consists of the following sections:

  • Verbal reasoning – Measures ability to analyze and evaluate written material. It consists of tasks involving text completion and reading comprehension passages.
  • Quantitative reasoning – Measures problem-solving ability involving basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
  • Analytical writing – Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.

It consists of two different essays:

  • Analyze an Issue task: This section measures ability to think critically and analyze a topic of general interest and to express ideas and thoughts clearly on that subject.
  • Analyze an Argument task: This section assessed ability to understand and analyze arguments and to clearly express the analysis in writing.

GRE scores are widely used by admission panels in addition to undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study. The level of importance given to the GRE scores varies between colleges and individual departments within the schools. It can range from being a formality within the admission process or an essential factor for admission into college.