What Does "GRE" Stand For?

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.

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.