What is GRE? Here’s a complete GRE guide

    Updated on: 11 Sep 2023 11 min read

    Anybody who dreams of studying in a graduate school abroad, especially an MS STEM degree, has to sit for a standardised test. As a student visa, the score of a standardised test is mandatory for admission to most of the universities. There are a few tests which are commonly required for admission to certain degrees in universities abroad: one of them is the GRE General Test.

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    For How Long is the GRE Score Valid?

    The GRE score validity is for five years. If you have attempted the GRE more than once, all your scores are valid. You can decide which scores to send your preferred university through ScoreSelect®. We’ll be talking about sending your scores to colleges in another article in the coming weeks.
    Note - GRE scores earned in July 2014 are reportable until June 30, 2020.

    A Good GRE Score is Crucial to Your Dreams

    On average, universities abroad look for a GRE score range of 149-170 in the verbal and quantitative sections. For the AWA section, the ideal score falls between 3.5 and 5.5. If your vision is to get into one of the top graduate schools in the world, then target at least 151 in verbal and quant measures and 5.5 in the analytical writing section. If you are looking for scholarships, then a 160 in both verbal and quantitative sections and 5 in the writing section is necessary. 

    There is no fixed ideal GRE score. It changes from year to year, college to college, and even subject to subject. For example, if you have a 163 score in both the sections in GRE and are looking for a university in the US for an MS in Computer Science, you will easily match the TOEFL cutoff of universities like Stanford.  Moreover, Ivy-League universities don’t just look at your GRE scores; they evaluate your application as a whole. 

    In a gist, prepare and aim for a solid GRE score but don’t hinge your college application on the score alone.  
    Don’t forget to get in touch with GyanDhan if you need help in GRE prep. You could go through our overall preparation guide for GRE here. For section-wise prep guide by GyanDhan, check out the following:

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Written by Yogender Panchal

Yogender is a tech enthusiast with specialization in digital marketing. He is currently working at Gyandhan a leading company which provides Education Loan who are studying Abroad. Playing Volleyball, driving a car, traveling, researching new online marketing trends are some of his interest areas that keeps his rejuvenated.

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