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What does "GRE" stand for?

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The acronym "GRE" stands for Graduate Record Examination. Students must take this exam to gain admission to a graduate school program beyond their undergraduate education.

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The GRE consists of three parts: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. Analytical Writing tests reading comprehension and logic skills in essays. Verbal Reasoning tests reading comprehension, text completion and sentence equivalence, while Quantitative Reasoning tests math skills. Graduate school programs use this test to determine potential students' aptitude and readiness for the demands of grad school. Schools use scores to select the most capable students, which means the GRE weeds out students perceived as weaker.

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    How difficult is the GRE?

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    The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is difficult in that it usually needs to be prepared for, and involves upper level English skills. However, the difficulty also varies; the difficulty of each successive question is based on the accuracy of the answer to the previous question. The quantitative section of the GRE is not significantly different from SAT math, but the verbal section does involve more advanced words than the SAT.

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    How long does it take to get GRE scores?

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    The availability of GRE scores depends on whether paper or computer format is used. With the paper-delivered exam, scores are accessible from a student's "My GRE Account" about six weeks after the test was taken. Results of the computer-delivered test are online in 10 to 15 days.

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    What is the GRE test?

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    The GRE is a test for students seeking an advanced degree that measures critical thinking, analytical writing skills, quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning. The test questions are not related to a particular area of study. Instead, the test is designed to provide an overview of a student's general knowledge.

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    What is considered a good GRE score?

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    A good GRE score typically falls within the 50th to 99th percentile range, or between 151 and 170 on the two sections. The definition of strong GRE scores varies based on program.

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