About the GRE® General Test

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A graduate or business degree can give you a big career advantage. An important step toward achieving that goal — and the path to thousands of graduate and business programs all over the world — is to take the GRE® General Test.

What Is It?

Graduate programs and business schools use GRE® scores to evaluate your readiness for graduate-level work. The GRE General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study.

  • Analytical Writing — Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically the test taker’s ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
  • Verbal Reasoning — Measures reading comprehension skills and verbal and analogical reasoning skills, focusing on the test taker’s ability to analyze and evaluate written material
  • Quantitative Reasoning — Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis

Who Takes It and Why?

Each year, about 675,000 prospective graduate school applicants from approximately 230 countries take the GRE General Test. Applicants come from varying educational backgrounds and countries, and the GRE General Test provides the only common measure for comparing their qualifications.

GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate study.

Where Do People Take It?

The GRE General Test is offered year-round at computer-based test centers in most locations. It is offered at paper-based test centers in areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available.

Who Accepts It?

The GRE General Test is accepted at thousands of graduate and business schools as well as departments and divisions within these schools.

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