GRE 2021

Updated by: Reena Saini on Feb. 26, 2021, 7:25 p.m.

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About GRE 2021

To study graduate programmes at a foreign university, you will need to take the Graduate Record Exam, commonly known as GRE. GRE is one of the biggest and the most common examinations for admission to Graduate schools abroad such as Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyStanford UniversityKing's College, London, and more. The examination is conducted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). 

Updates on GRE (COVID-19 Alert)

Due to the currently prevailing pandemic, ETS has launched a GRE General Test Special Home Edition. This was launched from 2nd April 2020. Now, candidates from around the world, except in Iran and mainland China, will be able to take the GRE exam from home. Before registering, candidates will be required to ensure that they meet the requirements set by the ETS for equipment. 

The at-home testing solutions functions similar to the one at the test centre. Test takers will be able to preview, review, skip questions and change answers while taking the test at home. ETS will be publishing the Subject Test administration dates for the year 2021-22. The same will be updated here as well. For now, ETS has also waived off rescheduling fee for the test takers.

Why is GRE Required?

The GRE is developed by ETS to measure one’s preparedness and qualifications for graduate programmes and business schools. GRE scores are used by graduate schools abroad to assess an applicant’s suitability for the chosen programme. The test evaluates and analyses critical thinking, problem-solving skills, verbal reasoning, analytical writing, quantitative reasoning and command on a particular subject area.  

Highlights GRE 2021

Exam Name



Graduate Record Examination

Conducting Body

Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Exam Mode

Both Computer-Based and Paper-Based Mode

Types of GRE

GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test 

GRE Subject Tests Duration

2 hours 50 minutes

GRE General Test Duration (Computer-Based)

3 hours 45 minutes

GRE General Test Duration (Paper-Based)

3 hours 30 minutes

Accepted For

Postgraduate Courses Abroad 

Popular For

Master’s Degree Courses in Business

GRE Age Limit

No Age Limit


213 USD

GRE Validity

Valid for 5 Years

Types of GRE

1) GRE General Test

GRE General Test is taken by candidates seeking admission to master’s degree courses and doctorate degrees including Business and Law courses. To take the GRE Subject Test, you should have studied that subject as a major in your undergraduate degree but, for the GRE General Test, your academic background does not come out to be a barrier. 

2) GRE Subject Test

The GRE Subject Test measures and analyses your knowledge of a particular subject or a field of study. With the help of this test, you can show your in-depth understanding of a specific subject and the schools will consider that for admitting you. You can use the GRE Subject Tests scores to stand out from the rest of the applicants.

FAQs about GRE

1. What is GRE? 

GRE, short for the Graduate Record Examination, is conducted by Educational Testing Service for individuals seeking admission to graduate programmes, including law and business at leading universities across the world. 

2. How often can take the GRE test?

GRE test can be taken any number of times. However, one can take the test only five times in a year with a minimum gap of 21 days between the two tests. 

3. Who conducts GRE?

The conducting body of GRE is the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

4. What are the types of GRE?

There are two types of GRE test. One is the GRE General Test, taken by candidates seeking admission to various graduate programmes and the other one is the GRE Subject Test, taken by students who want to showcase their knowledge in a particular subject.

5. What is the total duration of GRE Subject Tests?

The total duration of GRE subject tests is 2 hours 50 minutes.

6.  What is the duration of GRE? 

The duration of GRE General Computer-Based Test is 3 hours 45 minutes and for GRE General Paper-Based test the duration is 3 hours 30 minutes. 

7.  What should I take GRE?

GRE is administered for postgraduate programmes abroad. If you are planning to take admission in courses like MS at abroad universities then you must take GRE. 

8. In which modes is the GRE test conducted?

Candidates can take a computer-delivered GRE test or a paper-delivered GRE test.

9. When are GRE Subject Tests conducted?

GRE Subject Tests are conducted worldwide up to three times in a given year in September, October and April. 

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