Graduate Record Examination GRE® General Test measures critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study.

Analytical Writing — The skills measured include the test taker’s ability to
• articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
• examine claims and accompanying evidence
• support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
• sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
• command over the elements of standard written English.

VerbalReasoning — The skills measured include the test taker’s ability to
• analyze and evaluate written material and surmise information obtained from it
• analyze relationships among component parts of sentences
• recognize relationships between words and contextual implications.

Quantitative Reasoning — The skills measured include the test taker’s ability to
• understand basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis
• reason quantitatively
• solve problems in a quantitative setting.

Who Takes It and Why?
Prospective graduate applicants take the General Test. GRE test scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement undergraduate records and other qualifications for graduate study. The scores provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants and aid in evaluating grades and recommendations.
For more info please refer to www.ets.org/gre