If you have decided to attempt the GRE, then the first step will be to register for the exam. To do so, you will need an ETS account. If you are wondering how to create one, then worry not. In this article, we will tell you how to register and create an account on the ETS website. So, keep reading!
Registering for the GRE
To create an account on the ETS website, you will need to first register on the MyGRE page and enter your details such as name, address, etc. You will then need to create a username and password for your account. The account you create on the GRE Portal has several other uses in addition to registering for the exam. Some of them include — signing up for free GRE Search Service, viewing your scores, ordering additional score reports, viewing, changing, or cancelling your registration, etc.
Now that you have created your ETS account, the next step will be to select your test format — either computer-based or a paper format. You should select the one that is most suitable for your requirements. Next, choose your test dates. You should select the dates taking into account the amount of time you will require to prepare for the exam and also the deadlines for admissions at the universities you are applying to. Once you finalise on the dates, you should choose a test centre that is closest to you. Finally, double-check your name that you have registered. The name must match the one on your identification document which you have mentioned while registering. Now you can go ahead and make the payment on the final payment gateway. The GRE registration fee is US $213 in India, which is approximately INR 15,800.
Preparing for the GRE
As you can see, taking the GRE is an expensive affair. Therefore, if you fail to achieve your target score, then you will need to attempt the exam once again. So, you should be well prepared for the exam so that you can reach your target scores on your first attempt.
First, you will need to know about the various cutoff scores of universities you are applying to for admissions. If you are planning to pursue an MS degree, then the average GRE score required for MS in the USA is anywhere above 300. A score in the range of 320 to 340 is considered excellent and your chances of admissions are greatly increased. So, whichever programme you plan to take up or whichever institution you wish to apply to, make sure you have information regarding everything.
Your GRE score comprises scores from both your Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections. The Analytical Writing section score is reported separately. The highest possible score which can be achieved on both the Quant and Verbal sections together is 340 and the least possible score is 260. Most of the top universities in the US accept GRE scores for MS admissions. Some of the most popular options are Stanford University, University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, Yale University, Cornell University, Harvard University, and many more.
As mentioned previously, it is essential to be well-prepared for the exam, so that you can achieve your desired GRE scores to make it into these top universities.