GRE, Graduate Record Examination, is a standardized test that is widely accepted for admission into various graduate and business schools across the world. The test is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The GRE exam aims to assess skills which are necessary to succeed in the graduate and business programs.
Why do schools require the GRE, and what role does it play in admissions?
The GRE score is taken as a benchmark for university admissions since this gives them an idea of the reasoning skills the candidate has acquired over his educational career regardless of the subject he opts for. The GRE score also helps the schools by providing them with common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants.
In addition to being an admission criterion, the GRE score is also used to determine the eligibility for merit-based grants and fellowships, as well as teaching and research assistantships programs. Therefore, the GRE scores are used by some of the schools as cut-off points to limit the application pool, while others use GRE scores to directly determine how much financial support you receive.