After completing a Bachelors in technology degree in India most students aspire to go abroad and pursue a master’s degree and broaden their knowledge scope. To be able to achieve ones dream the student is required to take the GRE examination.

The GRE examination or Graduate Record Examinations is accepted by thousands of graduate schools worldwide. The GRE is a very student friendly examination. It allows students to skip questions answer the following questions and later return to the ones they have skipped, this prevents the student from wasting a lot of crucial time. GRE scores are valid for a period of five years which implies that you can take it at leisure during your four year bachelor’s degree and also repeat it if you feel you are capable of doing better.

The GRE revised General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you’ll do in graduate or business school. The test is split into three sections:

  • Verbal Reasoning — Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.
  • Quantitative reasoning — Measures problem-solving ability using basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
  • Analytical Writing — Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.

GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study.

Additionally, taking the GRE helps in getting scholarships to pursue your master’s degree which can otherwise be extremely expensive.

Apart from academic records the GRE proves as a common ground on which the application analyzers can judge and compare you with other candidates from around the world. The evaluation process is judged on multiple criteria. Some of the most important criteria are:

  • Undergraduate academic records
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Community Service
  • Past Internships
  • Any out of the box achievement

The importance if the first two parameters have already been given in detail. Now skipping to the third parameter, TOEFL scores. TOEFL scores are essential for all non-native English speaking students which makes it compulsory for all Indians. TOEFL doesn’t require any extra preparation as GRE has a higher level of English and preparing for GRE will enable students to do well in TOEFL as well. Extra-curricular activities are given great importance in all universities abroad. For example if a student’s statement of purpose states that he plays football then the university faculty gets an understanding that the student is a good team worker and hence can fit in and adjust well and will be an asset to the university. Again community service is given a lot of importance. Now a days all universities want students who can give back to society and will do something beneficial to the society. Hence a student who has participated in community service is believed to be someone who will contribute to society. Past internships show the admission committee how much knowledge a student actually possesses. As it will show how well the student has practically applied everything that he or she has learned in their undergraduate course. Past internship certificates will also have recommendation letters from the internship mentors who have guided the student. These recommendation letters will enlighten the admission council about how well the student can adapt and how disciplined and serious the student actually is. An out of the box achievement like a Mensa award or any small invention that is practical will give the student plus points while being compared against other applicants.

All these tiny aspects make a huge difference to one’s application. Hence it is important to do well in all of these. There are many coaching centers which train students for the GRE. Visit the QuickSearch website to find your nearest coaching center.

Written by Taarini Chandramouli

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