The GRE, or Graduate Record Examination, is a computer-based exam required by many graduate schools for admission to a variety of programs. GRE is a standardized exam, which means that it is designed to assess general skills necessary for graduate school, thereby providing graduate schools a tool to gauge students from different countries and varied backgrounds. Skills tested by GRE are acquired skills and with right preparation, a student can ace the exam.
What are GRE subject tests: GRE subject tests are designed to test the knowledge of a particular subject area that a student is expected to major in. The GRE subject tests are in the paper based format and consist of multiple-choice questions only. Subject tests are offered limited number of times in a year.
The GRE exam is conducted by Education Testing Services (ETS) and more information can gained from www.gre.org
Graduate Schools use GRE scores for various purposes. The GRE provides these schools a quantitative measure of comparison among thousands of applications from around the world. Scores are a necessary component of the application; however they can even be used to grant fellowships or financial aid. GRE also indirectly builds vocabulary and skills that are expected from an average graduate student in these schools.