Students dreaming to study abroad and most specifically in the United States can take up the GRE (Graduate Record Examination).The exam tests abstract thinking skills in the areas of mathematics, vocabulary, and analytical writing. The four hour computer based exam can be taken up in any corner of the world at qualified centers. Verbal Section, Quantitative Section, Analytical Writing Section and Experimental Sections are the four sections of the test. The multiple choice questions are scored based on the computer-adaptive testing method. Throughout the exam the computer automatically generates an easy question or a difficult one depending on the previous answer being answered by the candidate. Once the answer is entered it cannot be changed as the next question appears only if an answer is entered. A candidate can miss one or more questions on a multiple-choice section and still earn a score of 800. Likewise, even if no question is answered correctly, 200 is the lowest score possible.
The GRE scores that are used in admitting students may be used in different methods which may vary from one graduate school to the other or department to department or even from one program to the other. Besides the General Test, there are also eight GRE Subject Tests testing knowledge in the specific areas of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology.
Critics of the GRE have argued that the exam format is so rigid that it effectively tests only how well a student can conform to a standardized test taking procedure. ETS responded by announcing plans in 2006 to radically redesign the test structure starting in the fall of 2007; however, the company has since announced, “Plans for launching an entirely new test all at once were dropped, and ETS decided to introduce new question types and improvements gradually over time.” The new questions have been gradually introduced since November 2007.
In the United States and Canada, the cost of the general test is $150 as of September, 2009, although ETS will reduce the fee under certain circumstances. They are promoting financial aid to those GRE applicants who prove economic hardship . ETS erases all test records that are older than 5 years, although graduate program policies on the admittance of scores older than 5 years will vary. Source: Wikipedia

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