Is the GRE Exam Expensive?

The GRE is attempted by students who wish to pursue their Master’s at the best universities overseas. The GRE is a competitive exam that requires a lot of preparation from students attempting the exam. The first step in the process is registering for the exam and completing the payment process. Let us learn more about the same below.

Registering for the GRE and Cost that You Need to Pay

The registration process for the GRE is fairly simple. You will have to create an account on the ETS (the official creators of the GRE exam) portal. Once you log into your ETS account, you have to select register or find test centers. Then proceed to select your test appointment date, choose your time zone and select the available time for your exam. Now click on register for the test. Next you will be directed to the payment gateway. The GRE cost in India is USD 213 or INR 16,096. Remember, the fee varies depending on the country,  for instance in Australia  its  – USD 230, in Turkey – USD 255, in China – USD 231 and in Nigeria – USD 226. In addition to the registration fee, you will have to pay additional fees for any other services that you require like – rescheduling exam, additional score reports, score reinstatement, changing your test centre etc.

Here’s a list of the services and prices below:

Services Fee
Rescheduling Fee USD 50 (Approx. 3700 INR)
Additional Score Reports USD 27 (Approx. 2000 INR)
Changing Your Test Centre USD 50 (Approx. 3700 INR)
Score Review for Analytical Writing Measure USD 60 (Approx. 4500 INR)
Score Reinstatement Charge USD 50 (Approx. 3700 INR)


So as you can see from the above list, writing the GRE is an expensive affair and you will need to ensure that you reach your target score within the first attempt itself. To help in this regard you must prepare sincerely. You can check out the GRE Question paper pattern to have a better understanding of the exam. This will help you become familiar with the types of questions asked, the pattern of questions you will encounter and the scoring for each section.

The GRE exam comprises 3 sections — Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Writing. The types of questions that are asked in each section are listed below :

  • Quantitative Reasoning – Numeric Entry Questions, Quantitative Comparison Questions, Multiple choice questions (Select one Answer, Select one or more answers)
  • Verbal Reasoning – Sentence Equivalence, Text Completion, Reading Comprehension
  • Analytical Writing – Analyse an Issue and Analyse an Argument

The Quantitative Reasoning section has a duration of 35 minutes, the Verbal reasoning section has a duration of 30 minutes and the Analytical section has 2 tasks which are timed at 30 minutes each. The Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE are section-level adaptive. This means that the difficulty level of the second section of both these categories will be selected based on your performance in the first section.

We hope this article has helped you understand more about the GRE cost and the GRE question pattern.

Good Luck!

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