This is a standardized test that is an admission requirement for most graduate schools in the U.S.A. It is owned and administered by ‘ETS’ Educational Testing Services which was created in 1949. It is aimed at measuring verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of learning.

Knowledge/Skills Testing – Analytical Writing, Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning.

Purpose – Admissions to doctorate and master degree programs in various universities.

Duration – About 3 hours and 45 minutes. (Includes 1 minute break after each section and a 10 minute break after 3rd section).

Score/ Grade Range – Analytical Writing: 0.0 to 6.0 (in 0.5 point increment), Verbal Reasoning: 130 to 170 (in 1 point increment), Qualitative Reasoning: 130 to 170 (in 1 point increment).

Certificate Validity – 5 years.

Offered – Computer Based Test: Multiple times a year (depends on availability of the test center). Paper Based Test: Up to 3 times a year in October, November and February.

Restrictions on Attempts – CBT: can be taken once after 21 days from the day of exam in every year. A maximum of 5 times a year. (Applied even if candidate cancels score on a test taken previously).

Countries/Regions – About 1000 test centers in more than 160 countries.