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GRE offers 50 per cent waiver in fee


The offer is for students taking the GRE between August 1 and September 30,2011

Students taking the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) between August 1 and September 30, 2011 will get a 50 per cent waiver on the test fee.

The offer comes with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) plan to revise the GRE from August next year.

“We know students are going to find the overall testing experience better with the introduction of the GRE revised General Test.

Encourage students

The 50-percent discount will encourage more students to take the GRE revised General Test sooner,” said David G. Payne, VP and COO for Graduate and College Programmes at ETS, in a post on the GRE website.

“The questions more closely reflect the kind of thinking they'll need to do in graduate and business school, and the new test taker-friendly navigation features allow them to use more of their traditional test-taking strategies. These are really big changes that will appeal to test takers,” he said.

“Registration for the revised test will open on March 15, 2011. So individuals interested in receiving the 50-percent discount should register early for a testing date between August 1 and September 30, 2011, to ensure they can take advantage of the special limited-time offer. This is big news for test takers, so we expect word to spread quickly,” Mr. Payne said.

The GRE revised General Test will deliver many new features when it is introduced in 2011.

Some of the new things include questions featuring real-life scenarios to better reflect the kind of thinking students will do in today's demanding graduate and business school programmes. There will be less reliance on vocabulary out of context and more emphasis on reading — and no antonyms or analogies.

Navigation features

Some new navigation features, including the ability to skip questions and go back to them later within a section for a better test-taking experience are also being introduced. New answer types, such as filling in a number or providing more than one response when asked will help in students demonstrate better what they know.

Individuals around the world who take the GRE revised General Test in August or September 2011 will receive score reports starting in November 2011, to allow for the statistical work needed when launching a new test.

Normal score reporting of 10 – 15 days will resume in December 2011.

ETS advises that any student who needs test scores before November 2011 should take the current GRE General Test.

R.R.R.

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