The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized examination conducted by Educational Testing Services (ETS), based in the US. The GRE measures candidates’ aptitude for graduate school and universities abroad demand these test results for the purpose of admission in streams such as graduate studies, fellowships programs and research programs. The ETS representative in India is responsible for conducting the examinations. GRE scores happen to be one of several parameters graduate schools or universities use for assessing an applicant’s qualification for study in many streams, with a notable exception in Management.
The GRE Program has seen impressive growth globally in 2013, ending the year with the second highest annual GRE test volumes in the program’s history – 7, 31,000. Volumes in the United States increased by 5 % and students in Europe and Asia tested in record numbers compared to 2012, with the most significant increase occurring in India.
Some notable trends in 2013 GRE volumes compared to 2012 include:
- GRE volumes in India increased by more than 70 %, recording annual GRE volumes greater than 90,000 from that region alone.
- International GRE volumes increased by about 30 %.
- GRE volumes in Asia were up more than 35 %.
The intended graduate major fields of study that experienced the most significant growth in 2013 include Business (36 %), Engineering (31%) and Natural Sciences (21%).
“Globally, most students now know they can use GRE scores to apply to graduate programs, MBA programs, specialized master’s in business programs and more, so taking a GRE test gives them a lot of options around the world,” says David Payne, Vice President of Global Education at ETS. “While other testing programs for graduate level admissions outside of ETS struggle to increase their test volumes, the GRE program continues to thrive, providing value to graduate and business schools as well as prospective students worldwide.”
GRE score acceptance around the world is also at an all-time high as programs focus on attracting applicants from the desirable GRE test-taker population. The number of international programs accepting GRE scores increased by nearly 12 percent compared to 2012 and the number of business schools accepting GRE scores for their MBA programs has risen to more than 1,100, up 8 percent over last year. Currently, about 70 of the Financial Times Top 100 Full-time MBA Programs around the world and 29 of the Bloomberg Businessweek Top 30 MBA Programs in the United States accept GRE scores for their programs.
So, if for some reason they feel they did not do their best on any one test day, they can retake the test and send only the set of scores they want schools to see.