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GRE Preparation

The most popular exam for business management students

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The Test of English Proficiency and Aptitude for Students Entering Management Schools and Colleges

What is GRE?

What is GRE™ ?

The Graduate Record Examination, or GRE, is an important step in the graduate school or business school application process. The GRE is a multiple-choice, computer-based, standardized exam that is often required for admission to graduate programs and graduate business programs (MBA) globally.

The GRE is developed and administered by ETS to provide graduate and business schools with common measures for comparing applicants’ qualifications and preparedness for graduate-level academic work. Graduate school and business school admissions committees look at your GRE score, along with your academic record and supporting materials, to assess your readiness for the rigors of graduate academic study.

Why GRE?

The GRE exam measures your command of basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis as well as college-level vocabulary. More importantly, it measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material, think critically, and solve problems. 

The GRE Test : Format and Layout


You will receive three scores on the GRE:


These scores are generated by the following sections:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment section

  • Verbal Reasoning sections

  • Quantitative Reasoning sections


In addition, you will see one of the following sections:

  • Unscored (may be either Verbal Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning)

  • Research (used for ETS research purposes)


The Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning sections are each scored on a scale of 130 to 170. The mean score for Verbal Reasoning is 151, and the mean score for Quantitative Reasoning is 153. The Analytical Writing Assessment is scored from 0 to 6 in half-point increments, and the mean score is 4.0.


Number of questions: Two separately timed tasks: one "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task

Minutes to complete: 30 minutes per task; 60 minutes total

Analytical Writing  Score range : 0 to 6

The Analytical Writing Assessment, or “essay” section, measures whether you can articulate your thoughts and responses to complex ideas in a clear and reasoned way. Formulating a well-supported thesis in response to new and unfamiliar topics and key to doing well on Analytical Writing.

During the two, separately timed tasks in Analytical Writing, you will be asked to “Analyze an Issue” and to “Analyze an Argument.” For the “Analyze an Issue” task, you will read an opinion on a topic of general interest and be given instructions on how to respond to the issue at hand. For the “Analyze an Argument” task, you will need to consider an argument according to instructions given in the prompt.



  •  Number of questions : 20 total questions per section : 6 Text Completion ; 4 Sentence Equivalence ;10 Reading Comprehension 

  • Minutes to complete Verbal Reasoning : 30 minutes per task; 60 minutes total

  • Score range: 130 to 170

The Verbal section of the GRE tests your ability to analyze written material, as well as relationships among component parts of sentences, including words and concepts. Verbal Reasoning questions appear in several formats:


Text Completion (TC) questions ask you to fill in the blank to complete sentences. Variations include 1-, 2-, and 3-blank questions. You’ll encounter approximately six of these in each Verbal section, and you should aim to complete each in about 1–1.5 minutes. To master these, you’ll need to build your vocabulary as well as develop your skill at using context clues from the sentence to make predictions for the blanks. There is no partial credit: you must answer correctly for all blanks to receive points for these questions.


Sentence Equivalence (SE) questions require you to fill in a single blank with two choices that create two coherent sentences that are logically similar in meaning. You will encounter approximately four SE questions in each Verbal section. Aim to complete each in about 1 minute. As with TC questions, you’ll need to work on building your vocabulary and identifying context clues in order to master SE questions


Reading Comprehension (RC) questions are based on passages of one or more paragraphs that develop an explanation or argument on a topic. RC questions require you to understand central ideas presented in the text and the structure of a text, as well as to research details in the passage and draw valid inferences from it. RC questions require strategic reading and paraphrasing skills.

Each Verbal section will contain approximately 10 RC questions associated with five different passages, and you should aim to spend an average of 1–3 minutes on reading a passage and 1 minute per question.



Number of questions: 7– 8 Quantitative Comparison; 12–13 Problem Solving ; 20 total questions per section

Minutes to complete Quantitative Reasoning: 35 minutes per section

Score range: 130 to 170

The Quantitative section of the GRE tests your basic quantitative skills, as well as your ability to reason and solve problems with quantitative methods. You’ll see questions covering basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis. These topics are typically covered in high school. You will not see trigonometry, calculus, or any other high-level math.

Quantitative Reasoning questions appear in several formats:



Quantitative Comparison (QC) questions ask you to compare two quantities—Quantity A and Quantity B—and to identify the relationship between the two. You’ll likely see about 7–8 of these in each Quant section. To master these, be familiar with the QC answer choices and with shortcut methods that allow you to compare rather than calculate.



The most common Problem Solving (PS) questions are standard multiple-choice questions, with five choices and one correct answer. Variants include questions that ask you to select one or more answers from a list of choices (multiple-choice all-that-apply) and questions that ask you to enter your answer in a box (numeric entry.) To master PS questions, be familiar with the math concepts that are tested as well as strategies that allow you to approach solving efficiently.

There are also a handful (typically three per section) of Problem Solving questions associated with one or more charts. These Data Interpretation (DI) questions work like other PS Qs, but it’s important to note that gleaning the information correctly from the graphs is the key to answering them.


GRE score - What is Ideal?

When considering your GRE score goal, look at the requirements—or minimums, if applicable—at the graduate or business programs to which you’re applying. This will let you know your score baseline. If you can find the mean or average GRE score of admitted applicants, you’ll be able to determine what GRE score will make you a competitive applicant. The Verbal and Quant sections of the GRE are each scored from 130 to 170. The mean score for Verbal Reasoning is 151, and the mean score for Quantitative Reasoning is 153. The Analytical Writing Assessment is scored from 0 to 6 in half-point increments, and the mean score is 4.0. You can use the tables below to see the relationship between scaled scores and the test takers achieving them:



The ScoreSelect feature of the GRE gives you the options to send only the GRE test scores from whichever test date you want schools to see. Note that even with the ScoreSelect option, you’ll want to perform your best on the GRE the first time so you don’t have to retake the exam and pay an additional testing fee.


On GRE Test Day, you can expect to sit for the exam for approximately four hours, including test-taking time and short breaks. Note that this time does not include your check-in time at the testing center. It is important to be on time and fully prepared. ETS recommends that you arrive at the testing center at least 30 minutes before your test time.


The computer-delivered GRE is administered year-round in Prometric™ testing centers and on select test dates at other testing centers. The paper-delivered GRE is administered at certain testing centers on a limited number of dates. Seating for GRE is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and some testing center locations can fill up well in advance of the popular fall testing time.

It is highly recommended that you register for your preferred GRE test date early so you can select a date that will allow enough time for ETS to process your scores and send them to the institutions you’ll be applying to. This can take from 10 to 15 days. During popular testing times, seats in Prometric™ testing centers can be limited. You can take the computer-delivered GRE once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period (365 days).

You can register for the GRE online via ETS. For GRE-related questions, you can find contact information for ETS here.



Since graduate programs have a wide range of application deadlines, you’ll want to research your programs of interest ahead of time and ensure that your GRE score can be reported in time for your earliest deadline. Your GRE score is good for five years.

You’ll want to devote 1–3 months to studying for the GRE, and top scorers report studying for 100+ hours.



The cost to take the GRE is $205 for all testing locations except China. The fee includes sending score reports to up to four graduate institutions of your choice.

Who needs GRE?
GRE Format & Layout
GRE Score - What is Ideal?
GRE Intensive Course

GRE Intensive Preparation Course

Admission to management colleges is more competitive today than ever before.

IELTS Counsellor offers GRE courses, privately, as group lectures as well as practice platforms. The essential test preparation resources include university text books, GRE preparation books and online material, sample tests, and free web resources available through IELTS Counsellor's E-library and Dynamic Blackboard.

There are different strategies, mindsets and perspectives that you will be required to apply throughout the GRE. You’ll need to be prepared mentally, and you’ll need to do this in a timely manner. This is not something you can learn from taking a course or reading a book, but it is something you can develop through practice and concentration.


30 to 90 days: Total 72 Hours

Comprehensive training with flexibility

6 hours per week; 90 minutes per session 

Face-to-Face with Teacher (ZOOM Lectures)

Exam Simulations with Examiner's Feedback

Recommended Books with Essential CBTs

Blackboard Dynamics PLUS E-Library

Online Certificate of Participation

Comprehensive Question Bank

Time-Saving Short-Notes

What can IELTS Counsellor do for GRE test takers ?

IELTS Counsellor will assess your existing English and evaluate on the CEFR scale to know the duration and the approach you would need to secure best results in GRE .


Our Training Methodology includes:

  1. GRE Preparation Test.

  2. Candidate’s language skills.

  3. Numerous questions for practice.

  4. Books/Reference material with CBTs.

  5. Teacher's comments on the past papers.

  6. Test marking and review by the expert teachers.

IELTS Counsellor's GRE Teachers

IELTS Counsellor's SAT teachers are of different nationalities, both male and female, with exceptionally outstanding knowledge and English skills with Business Management qualifications from renowned institutions.

The ultimate goal is to learn and express yourself in written and spoken English before you join a university program. For this you need to understand the essential grammar, strong vocabulary and off course, timely use of your common sense.

For GRE Test Preparation, IELTS Counsellor has allocated 25 seats this month

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