The Graduate Record Examination - GRE
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
, administered by the Educational Testing Service, measures the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills of the applicants. GRE involves two types of tests- Subject Tests or the General Test.
GRE Subject Tests
The Subject Tests measure knowledge and skill level in specific subject areas, like Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, and Mathematics etc. Subject Tests are administered three times a year – October, November, and April.
GRE General Test
The GRE General Test assesses the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills of the applicants. Applicants are given the option of writing the paper-based test or the computer-based test.
Paper-based test administrations occur three times a year. Applicants may take the GRE Revised General Test- computer-based or paper-based, only once per calendar month, and no more than five times within any 12-month period.
Prospective graduate and business school applicants from all around the globe, who are interested in pursuing a master's in business or doctoral degree, or MBA, take the GRE revised General Test. GRE scores act as a catalyst to your admission procedure.
The duration of the computer-based GRE revised General Test is approximately three hours and forty-five minutes.
Test format and Duration of Computer-based test
The computer-based test has three major sections:
Test format and Duration of Paper-based test
- Analytical Writing: It involves two questions based on issues and arguments, i.-e. “Analyze an Issue” and “Analyze an Argument” task. Both the tasks are about 30 minutes each.
- Verbal Reasoning: There are two sections and consists of 20 questions each and is about 30 minutes per section.
- Quantitative Reasoning: There are two sections consisting of 20 questions each and is of 35 minutes per section.
The paper-based test has three major sections:
- Analytical Writing: It involves two questions based on issues and arguments, i.e. “Analyze an Issue” and “Analyze an Argument” task. Both the tasks are of 30 minutes each.
- Verbal Reasoning: There are two sections and consists of 25 questions each and is of 35 minutes per section.
- Quantitative Reasoning: There are two sections consisting of 25 questions each and is about 40 minutes per section.
GRE Contact Information
- Verbal Reasoning – This section evaluates your ability to read and understand the written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among constituent parts of sentences and obtain relationships between words and concepts.
- Quantitative Reasoning- This section measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry and data analysis.
- Analytical Writing – This section measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to convey thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively.
Canadian registrants can contact GRE by email, fax, phone, or mail.Email:
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List of Universities
The following business schools accept GRE revised General Test scores for admission to some or all of their MBA programs:
- Cape Breton University (Community Economic Development)
- Concordia University
- Dalhousie University (MBA in Financial Services)
- Ivey Business School Toronto
- Lakehead University
- McMaster University
- Queens University School of Business
- St. Mary's University
- Trinity Western University
- University of Alberta
- University of British Columbia
- University of Calgary Thesis MBA
- University of Quebec at Rimouski
- University Canada West
- University of Manitoba
- University of New Brunswick — Saint John
- University of Ontario Institute of Technology
- University of Toronto
- University of Victoria
- University of Western Ontario
- Wilfrid Laurier University
- McGill University