The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is an exam attempted by undergraduates from all over the world to get admissions to world class universities in countries like the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Germany etc. This exam is administered worldwide by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) which is the world’s largest non-profit private organization. The test is administered in two formats by the ETS. One is a paper based test and the other is a computer based test.
The competition for this exam is very stiff because it will be attempted by students with different backgrounds and from various regions of the world. The test administration is sophisticated due to its large scope. One can have the comfort of registering for the exam just by sitting at home in front of a computer through the internet. The process for the GRE test has been made simple and easily understandable. Owing to this fact, the exam fee is slightly higher as compared to that of other such competitive examinations.
The computer based test is conducted throughout the year except on holidays. The paper based test is administered only in those countries where there are no sufficient facilities to administer the computer based test. The test is conducted in many countries across the world. The GRE, since its inception in 1949 follows a standardized testing procedure with some minor changes in the test pattern periodically. Starting from August 2011, the revised General Test of GRE will be conducted. The revised General Test comes with a lot of changes pertaining to the test pattern.