The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are standardized tests that are required for admission to many graduate schools in the United States, Canada, and a few other countries. Educational Testing Service owns and administers the GRE (ETS). The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching established the test in 1936.
According to ETS, the GRE is designed to assess verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over time. The GRE's content consists of specific algebra, geometry, arithmetic, and vocabulary sections. The GRE General Test is available as a computer-based exam administered at Prometric-owned or authorized testing centers and institutions. The importance of GRE scores in the graduate school admissions process varies greatly between schools and departments within schools. A GRE score's significance can range from being a mere admission formality to an important selection factor.