GRE - All You Need to Know

    Updated on: 05 Sep 2023 10 min read

    What is the GRE Test?

    Started in 1936 and developed and conducted by the test maker ETS (which also conducts the TOEFL), the GRE or the Graduate Record Examination is a standardized test held in both computer and paper-based mediums. GRE scores are required for admission to graduate and graduate business programs and hence is an important part of the application process for those students who are applying to graduate and business schools. Apart from the GRE general test, GRE subject tests to are there. The subject tests are in psychology, mathematics, physics, literature in English, biology, and chemistry. 
    GRE scores are accepted by thousands of universities all around the world, especially those in the US and Canada. Students can check here to know if their university and course accept GRE scores for admission to graduate programs.

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    Ideal Time to Give GRE

    There is no single ideal time to give the GRE. On the contrary, it depends on multiple factors, such as which year of undergraduate studies you are in, how prepared you are, your current academic or professional schedule, etc. We at GyanDhan recommend a few tips when selecting the date of your GRE. 

    1. If you are currently pursuing an undergraduate program, we suggest taking the GRE at a time when your academic schedule is not busy. This will give you ample time to prepare for GRE without jeopardizing your academics in a college. The same is the case for full-time professionals who wish to join a graduate school. They too should select a date when they are not full of professional commitments. 
    2. GRE scores last for five years only. So, take the test only when you are convinced that you wish to pursue a graduate program.
    3. Keep in mind the application deadlines of the colleges you are aiming for. Most programs have an application deadline of December and January. So, take the test in the summer of the year you wish to apply or latest by September or October of that year. 

    The GRE is a test in which you can show your best to graduate schools. So, make the most of it and get admission into your dream program. 

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