GRE Site — the Ultimate Source of GRE Information
The GRE website is the ultimate source of any kind of information related to the test. You will often need to check the official website to get updated information on various topics. From getting the updated list of test centers to knowing the current score reporting schedule, this is the place to go. You need to visit the official website for online registration process, too. Considering that your test scores may not reach you as soon as the scores are published, the official website will let you get your scores online by creating a My GRE account. If you need to avail any of the scoring services that ETS offers, you will need to go to the official site for details. As you can see, the official website is much more than just a huge source of information on the test. Here we take a look at how the website is structured, what kinds of information you can expect in it, which tools it offers, and some useful links that might interest you.
How the Site is Structured:
The first thing you will notice once you are on the GRE website is that it is primarily divided into two sections: “For Test Takers” and “For Institutions”. On top of the page, along with the links to the homepages of ETS and GRE, you will find the two links for these two sections. Keep this structure in mind as it will help you to navigate to the correct page if you ever feel that the information provided on a certain webpage is not meant for you. However, the welcome page takes you to the section optimized for the test takers, so you will find the relevant information on the homepage itself. Once you are on the section meant for the test takers, you will see that it is further divided into three primary sections based on the different formats of the test: Revised General Test, General Test, and Subject Test. ETS is aware of the fact that currently what concerns the students the most is the huge gap in the score reporting schedule that has been introduced by the revised version of the test; so, on the homepage itself you will find a link to the score reporting schedule.
Sections and Subsections:
The description for each of the two sections clearly mentions which format is available when, so you get to know that the revised version of the test is replacing the current version in August 2011. The sections for the Revised General Test, the General Test, and the Subject Test are quite similar to one another as far as their structure is concerned. Of course, the information on the related pages contain is specific to that particular format of the test. All the sections have subsections containing general information, such as ‘About the Test’, ‘Register for the Test’, ‘Prepare for the Test’, ‘Scores’, FAQ, etc. However, on the Revised General Test section you will get further information on ‘What You Need to Know’ about the changes in the test format and another subsection guiding you through ‘Important Timing’ decisions for taking the test. The General Test section is dedicated to the current version of the test, which will soon become obsolete. The section for Subject Test gives you details on the eight subjects ETS offers a test for, and lets you know how to take the Subject Test.
Where Do You Find What You Need?
Considering that the section for the Revised General Test contains more information, is more relevant, and the other sections have a similar structure, let’s take a look at what the different subsections under the Revised General Test section have to offer:
- What You Need to Know: This subsection lets you have an idea of what is new to the revised version of the test and helps you in choosing between the two versions.
- Important Timing: Gives you an overview of the revised GRE general test schedule and helps you to choose the correct test date by letting you know when you can expect your scores.
- About the Test: General information on the Revised General test, including the new features. This section has sub-pages that walk you through important information on the test, such as the test content, test-taking experience, the test’s fairness and validity, fees, GRE for business schools, tools for success, etc.
- International Test Takers: Contains useful information for test takers outside the US. Test takers from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea — be sure to go through this section.
- Register for the Test: Lets you know the registration procedure for the computer-based and the paper-based tests. Also contains sub-pages with information on various test centers and test dates, disability accommodation, and changing or canceling your registration.
- Prepare for the Test: This section is very important as it contains the details of each of the sections of the test, and helps you to prepare for the test. This section has a number of sample questions for each of the sections of the GRE general test. Remember to check the question types, especially the new ones, before your start preparing for the test. You can also get the PowerPrep software from this section. It also provides you with valuable test-taking strategies.
- On Test Day: Rules and regulations of the test that you need to keep in mind on the test date. Know what you need to take with you to the center, what the identification requirements are, etc. Carefully read the information provided in this section to avoid confusion, delays and other problems at the test center.
- •Scores: All about scores — score scale, scoring procedures, etc. Know how to get you scores, how to send additional score reports, how you can avail value added scoring services, etc. Here you can take a look at the scoring procedure to know how you are scored. You also get information on how to understand your score reports. Scoring services include additional score reports, getting your scores by phone, various review services, etc.
- Frequently Asked Questions: Even more information based on questions people commonly ask. Be sure to check this section if you still have some questions in your mind.
Some Useful Links:
Finally, there are certain pages on the official GRE site which are updated quite often, so you may need to visit those regularly. Here are a few links that will take you to the pages that people frequently visit:
- GRE Website: http://www.ets.org/gre
- Revised GRE Test Centers and Dates: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register/centers_dates
- Register for the Revised General Test: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register/
- Prepare for the Revised GRE test: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/
- PowerPrep II Software: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/powerprep2/
- Downloadable Materials (mostly PDF and MS Word files) to Help Students Prepare: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/disabilities/
- GRE Revised General Test Score Reporting Schedule: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/scores/get
- GRE Scoring Services: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/scores/services/