The GRE is created and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The GRE General Test is designed to provide graduate schools with common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants. The exam measures verbal, quantitative, and analytical reasoning skills that have been developed over a long period of time. ETS data shows that General Test scores consistently predict graduate school students' grades and performance.
Your GRE score is more than a formality in the admissions process. No matter where you apply, your GRE score can have great impact on the strength of your application. Roughly 500,000 people take the GRE each year (150,000 international test takers and 300,000 U.S. test takers). In fact, a high score can benefit you in several ways:
- Most importantly, a high score will increase your likelihood of getting into the graduate program of your choice.
- In addition to using the GRE as an admission criterion, schools often use GRE scores to determine eligibility for merit-based grants and fellowships as well as teaching and research assistantships.
- Many programs establish cutoff points for GRE scores to limit the application pool, while others use GRE scores to directly determine how much financial support you receive.
Investing your time and effort in preparing for the GRE today can get you into grad school and save you schooling expenses in the future.
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