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GRE Exam Guide for International Students Willing to Study in the US

The United States is called the land of opportunities because it welcomes immigrants and gives them opportunities to improve their lives. But to achieve this, they have to become productive members of society. Now, the question arises how do they become so? The easy answer is – Through a reliable college education.


Studying in the USA is a fantastic opportunity to experience a new culture and learn about life from a different perspective. You will have access to some of the best universities in the world, which offer many courses that are not available elsewhere. Studying there can be one of the most transformative experiences that you can have. It's also one of those opportunities that cannot be missed, as it'll define what you become in the future. However, in order to attain your higher education in the US, there are certain requirements that you need to fulfill. One such requirement is clearing the Graduate Record Examinations, popularly known as the GRE.


So, in this article today, we, at Storm Overseas, recognized as the most trusted USA education consultants in India, will provide you with detailed guidance on the GRE Exam that forms a prerequisite in most of the educational institutions in the US. Read on.


What is GRE?

Your first query is bound to be the simple yet justified question, "What is GRE?". Well, the GRE (Graduate Record Examination conducted by the ETS) is a standardized computer-based test necessary to gain admission into the premier colleges and universities in the US and many other countries such as Canada, the UK, Australia, Singapore, etc. The GRE measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills needed for graduate school success. It evaluates the applicant's ability to think critically and analytically, use words effectively in written form, understand the structure of language as it relates to other fields of knowledge, and solve quantitative problems.


Sections To Prepare For:

  • Verbal Reasoning: The verbal reasoning section in the GRE test consists of two questions: sentence completion and reading comprehension. Sentence completion questions are structured as a sentence with one or more blanks, and you need to fill in the blank or blanks with the word(s) that best complete the sentence. Reading comprehension questions are structured as a passage, followed by one or more questions about the passage. These passages can be either long or short, but they always include specific information related to a topic of study.


  • Quantitative Reasoning: The quantitative reasoning part of the GRE test measures a student's understanding of basic mathematical concepts and principles. It also measures their ability to apply these concepts to solve problems. Some topics tested in the quantitative reasoning section include probability, statistics, geometry, algebra, data analysis, and probability theory.


The quantitative reasoning section in the GRE test consists of three types of questions:

              1). Data interpretation

              2). Problem-solving

              3). Quantitative comparison


Data interpretation questions ask you to interpret data provided in a table or graph. You will be asked to make inferences from the data and answer questions about it. The graphs may also contain axes labeled with units, which you need to understand. Problem-solving questions require basic mathematical operations, like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. You will be given a question with two statements you need to compare and solve. Quantitative comparison questions are those where you have to compare two quantities and determine which one is greater.


  • Analytical Writing: The analytical writing part of the GRE test is a requirement for all graduate schools. The essay prompt will always be about an argument or topic you need to analyze and defend your stance on. The analytical writing part of the GRE is scored on three different scales, which are:

              1). Quality of content

              2). Analysis of the argument

 3). Organization and structure (To score well in this section, you need to understand what type of content is expected from you and how to organize it so that it will be easy for the graders to read).


Final Words of Encouragement

If your aim is to study in the USA, doing well in GRE will reap great benefits for you. It is a test of your knowledge and skills, so you'll need to prepare well. Every test taker has strengths and weaknesses, so you should focus on what you are good at! If you are sincere, everything else will fall into place. With these words, we, at Storm Overseas, one of the leading USA education consultants in India, wish you all the best for your educational endeavors and hope that you'll make a successful career for yourself in the US. In case, you need any assistance with respect to your overseas admissions, remember, we are just a click away!