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The GRE | Registration, Application Cost & Schedule Details

The GRE | Registration, Application Cost & Schedule Details

The GRE | Registration, Application Cost & Schedule Details

GRE – Graduate Record Examination is a standardized exam used to measure one’s aptitude for abstract thinking in the areas of mathematics, analytical writing, and vocabulary. It is a broad assessment of one’s critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, as well as quantitative reasoning skills acquired over a long period of learning. It is used often by many graduate schools to determine a candidates’ eligibility for the program. Annually, over five hundred an eighty-four thousand, six hundred and seventy-seven candidates (584,677) sit for the examination. The validity period for a GRE score is 5 years.

Annually, prospective graduate and business school students from around the world take a GRE® test. Students come from varying educational and cultural backgrounds, and the tests provide a common measure for comparing candidates’ qualifications. The General Test is taken as a computer-based examination taken at Prometric testing centers. The GRE General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you’ll do in graduate or business school.

The GRE General Test is obtainable at over 1,000 test centers in over 160 countries in different continents. In most parts of the world, the computer-delivered test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year.

In Mainland China; Hong Kong, China; Taiwan, China; and Korea, the computer-delivered test is available up to three times per month. In areas of the world where computer-delivered testing is not available, the paper-delivered test is available up to three times a year in October, November and February

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Cost of GRE

The price for the general test is $160 for candidates in the United States, U.S. Territories, and Puerto Rico. For candidates taking the test in other locations, the price is $190 . A limited number of GRE fee waivers are available for college seniors and non-enrolled college graduates who meet the eligibility requirements.


The Verbal and Quantitative portions of the GRE are scored between 130–170, and the average score falls somewhere around 150-152. The Analytical Writing section of the GRE is scored between 0 and 6 in half-point increments, and the average hits somewhere around 3.5.

Sections of the GRE examination

The GRE is divided into three (3) main sections viz;

Verbal Reasoning

This section tests candidates’ ability to;

  • Analyze and draw conclusions from discourse; reason from incomplete data; identify author’s assumptions and/or perspective; understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author’s intent
  • Select important points; distinguish major from minor or relevant points; summarize text; understand the structure of a text
  • Understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts; understand relationships between words and among concepts

N/B: There is an emphasis on complex verbal reasoning skills.

Quantitative Reasoning

This section tests the candidates’ ability to;

  • Understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information
  • Solve problems using Mathematical models
  • Apply basic skills and elementary concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis

N/B: There is an emphasis on quantitative reasoning skills.

Analytical Writing

This section tests the candidates’ ability to;

  • Articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
  • Support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
  • Examine claims and accompanying evidence
  • Sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
  • Control the elements of standard written English
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Note: There is an emphasis on analytical writing skills

Purpose of GRE

The GRE is a pre-requisite for admissions to masters and doctoral degree programs in various universities and particularly business schools. However, some law schools accept GRE General Test scores for admission to their J.D. programs. Law schools that accept the GRE include;

  • American University Washington College of Law
  • Boston University School of Law
  • Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Columbia Law School (beginning in September 2018)
  • Cornell Law School
  • Florida State University College of Law
  • George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Hamd Bin Khalifa University Law School
  • Harvard Law School
  • John Marshall Law School
  • Massachusetts School of Law at Andover
  • New York University School of Law
  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law
  • John’s University School of Law
  • Texas A&M University School of Law
  • University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
  • The University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • The University of Hawai’i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • The University of Southern California, Gould School of Law (beginning September 2018)
  • Wake Forest University School of Law (beginning in fall 2018)
  • Washington University School of Law (beginning in fall 2018)
  • Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

N/B: some other law schools which are not listed here also accept the GRE.

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