According to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report, each year there are more international students in the USA pursuing a graduate degree than those pursuing a bachelor degree. It is a common requirement among graduate programs to require the GRE test along with an English proficiency test such as the TOEFL or IELTS exam.
While there are other specialized tests available such as the GMAT for graduate business school or the LSAT for law school, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test is most commonly required by many graduate schools.
Even though the GRE test has been used for many years, as of August 2011, ETS (the company that created the test) revised the general test with a whole new approach. The test contains three main test sections relating to verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. Check out the official GRE website for more information, including practice problems and examples.
Along with the new format, the revised test also introduces a new scoring system. Scores on the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning section now ranges between 130 -170 compare to the old test where scores and range from 200 – 800. So if you are using a tutoring service or a book to study for your exam, it is important to make sure that they have updated their information.
International students taking the GRE have the opportunity to complete the test year round at multiple locations throughout the world. Most GRE tests are computer-based, although there is a paper-based exam available that is offered at certain locations at select times. Test times and locations can be found directly on the ETS’s official website.
Effective July 1, 2012, the test will also require a $175 fee. If you need additional score reports it will now cost an additional $25 per recipient. Keeping this in mind, international students taking the GRE should be well prepared before taking the exam to save money on taking it twice!