What is the GRE® Test?

GRE® stands for Graduate Record Examination. It is a computer-based standardized test that many graduate school programs, including business and law require as part of the admissions process. 

Whether you are aiming for a Master’s or Doctoral degree, the GRE® plays a crucial role in your application process.

What Does the GRE Test?

The GRE General Test closely reflects the kind of thinking you’ll do in today’s demanding graduate school programs, including business and law.

It measures your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills — skills that have been developed over a long period of time and aren’t related to a specific field of study but are important for all.

Verbal Reasoning

The Verbal Reasoning section measures your ability to:

  • Analyze and draw conclusions from discourse; reason from incomplete data; identify author’s assumptions and/or perspective; understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author’s intent.
  • Select important points; distinguish major from minor or irrelevant points; summarize text; understand the structure of a text. 
  • Understand the meaning of individual words, sentences and entire texts; understand relationships among words and among concepts.


Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning section measures your ability to:

  • Understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information.
  • Solve problems using mathematical models. 
  • Apply basic skills and elementary concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.


Analytical Writing

The Analytical Writing section measures your ability to:

  • Articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively.
  • Support ideas with relevant reasons and examples.
  • Examine claims and accompany evidence.
  • Sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion.
  • Control the elements of standard written English. It requires you to provide focused responses based on the tasks presented, so you can accurately demonstrate your skill in directly responding to a task.


Test overview



Estimated Timing

Analytical Writing

1 section, 1 essay task

30 minutes

Quantitative Reasoning

2 sections, 27 questions total

47 minutes

Verbal Reasoning

2 sections, 27 questions total

41 minutes

Total Time

1 hour, 58 minutes

Why Should I Take the GRE Test?

  1. Global Recognition

The GRE is recognized by thousands of universities and institutions worldwide. By taking   the GRE, you demonstrate your academic abilities in a standardized format that is respected and valued by admissions committees globally.

  1. Admission to Graduate Programs

The GRE is a common requirement for admission into a wide range of graduate programs, including business, engineering, social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. Scoring well on the GRE can significantly enhance your chances of gaining admission to your desired program.

  1. Scholarship Opportunities

Many universities offer scholarships and financial aid based on GRE scores. By performing well, you increase your chances of securing scholarships, fellowships, and financial aid, making your educational journey more affordable.

  1. Admissions to Prestigious Programs

Many renowned graduate programs, especially in the United States, require GRE scores for international student admissions. Achieving a competitive GRE score enhances your chances of gaining admission to top-ranked programs, opening doors to world-class education and research opportunities.

  1. Leveling the Playing Field

For international students, the GRE provides an objective measure of academic potential and helps bridge the gap between different educational systems. It allows international applicants to showcase their abilities on a standardized platform, putting them on an equal footing with domestic applicants.

When Can I Take the GRE Test?

The GRE is offered year-round, providing flexibility for you to select a test date that aligns with your test preparation timeline and university application deadlines. Plan ahead and register early to secure your preferred test dates.

It is important to note that registration closes 7 days before the test date subject to seat availability. 


GRE Registration Test Dates in Kenya – 2024



How much is the GRE registration fee in Kenya?

The GRE registration fee is KES 37,500

Registration closes SEVEN days before the test date. However, if you miss the deadline, you can still register up to TWO days before the test date. A late registration fee of KES 8,000 will apply. The rescheduling fee is KES 10,700.