GRE is important for taking admission in top universities for Master of Science

Master of Science degree (MS)

A Master of Science (MS) degree is an academic degree. It is considered postgraduate to basic university studies and it is done after bachelor's degree. MS is awarded to individuals who have studied furthermore have a greater understanding of science associated fields, especially in the theoretical and practical aspects.

Rarely do you find many people pursuing such a degree as it is feared for its complexity.

About the Program

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The MS program attracts students from over 100 different categories. Students seek with leadership potential that have a team oriented approach to problem solving which are capable of dealing with ambiguity and change also have a strong commitment to service. The program can be shaped to meet your unique interests while providing a solid foundation in the essentials. Management oriented courses focus on organizing, decision making, planning and leading.

Students those who are planning to pursue Masters of Science (MS) have to clear the GRE - Graduate Record Examination.

What is GRE?

GRE stands for the Graduate Record Examination and is a commercially-run standardized test that is an admission requirement.  GRE has 2 sections for GRE

1.    Verbal

2.    Quantitative.

Each section is considered as one stage. Stage 1is the 1st Section (mainly known as Routing Stage). It depends on your presentation the test taker is make you eligible to one of several alternative second stage tests which consists of a fixed set of questions and differs on average difficulty.

If you get high score in 1st Section, you are eligible for 2nd Stage. This Stage is really very difficult. This is the only reason why the New GRE is difficult to crack.


1. You get Quant section first. You solve all the questions which will be a mixture of easy, moderate and difficult. Considering you did really well your next section which is Verbal will be easier. If you perform badly your next section will be difficult.

2. Moderately difficult level of questions will be given to you in 1st Section. Based on your performance, you will get one of Easy, Moderate and Difficult in 2nd Section.

•    To clear the 1st Section you have to score 165 then you will be eligible 2nd Section.

Another variation can be

•    Stage 1: Moderately Difficult

•    Stage 2: a) Very Easy b) Moderate Easy c) Difficult d) Very Difficult


You should solve the first few questions (the first 8-9 questions) taking as much time as required and get them correct. This is true that it depends on the level of questions. You should not blindly faith in this logic with this you lose too much time so that you do not have enough time in the end to solve the remaining questions which may turn out to be easier. It's “suicide”.

Must do:

Student should attempt all the questions even though they might have to mark an answer without spending enough time on it because an incomplete paper can cost you a loss of significant points.

GRE are of two types:

1. General Test: The General Test takes into account ability, reasoning and analytical writing skills. Approximately all the universities accept the General test score and usually everyone opt for this test. It takes around the year and you can choose your date according to your convenience.

2. Subject Test: The Subject Test measures the achievement in a particular subject area or extensive background in that discipline. These tests comprises following areas: Biology Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell, Chemistry, Literature (English), Computer Science, Physics and Psychology. It is conducted on a fixed date for everybody totally depends on the terms of an entrance exam. Generally none of the engineers go for this.

Structure of the GRE:

The computer based General Test is in 3 sections:

•    Verbal Reasoning (English)
•    Quantitative Reasoning (Math)
•    Analytical Writing sections (Essays)

When should I take the GRE?

GRE takes place round the year. It is not like any other exam where the dates will be announced in the newspaper or any official website. Therefore, at any time you feel you are in a position to go and take your best shot.


Generally, engineering students prefer to take GRE in their third year either in March & in August. No superstitious connections but behind it there are some logical reason. GRE is an exam which requires you to be relaxed also tension free. Most engineers remain free during these two months as they aren’t occupied with any work such as examination, submissions etc.

An expense arises to complete MS:

There are most of the factors where students get a fair idea of the expenditure involved (unless, of course, you travel business class)

1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

This is, usually, the first step towards the entire journey. This parameter is like the poker face - nobody knows whether it can make or break the chances. Therefore, it has always been the most popular of all. The cost of the exam is $190

Low marks and a bunch of restless high marks might retake the exam adding another $190.

2. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

While you might skip the GRE test for your applications to the States some universities without GRE take applications. TOEFL is something that you cannot skip. It is like the passport to the United States (US). The universities need to know your proficiency with the language. Therefore, it is a compulsory exam if not at the time of applications at least during the VISA interview. The cost of the exam is $150.

3. Test of English as a Foreign Language (IELTS)

IELTS is the International Language of English Testing System which is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.

IELTS is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) British Council and IDP IELTS Australia. IELTS conform to the highest international standards of language assessment. The cost of the exam is almost same as TOFEL.

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