You will find it interesting to read the following 10 rumors about GRE Exam. I can collect lot more from the comments posted in various blog posts throughout the blog.

1) Revised GRE Only

ETS wants everyone to take Revised GRE, so they have blocked all dates from January 2011 to July 2011

  • GRE Test Dates 2011

2) No GRE in July 2011

I have heard a new rumour now. You must be knowing that the new GRE pattern is coming into effect from August 2011. Now I have heard that the dates for the old GRE pattern will be available only till June 2010. And that whole of July 2011 will not take any GRE examie., there will be a lag period of a month between the 2 patterns. Please let me know if this is true.? I was planning on giving my GRE in JULY 2011, but this new rumour has got me in a mess, please let me know.

3) GRE Score Validity

Current GRE Scores will become invalid after August 1, 2011

4) Free GRE Practice Test

I heard from many one that after register for GRE exam you can download 5 GRE diagnostic test from the ets official site, I unable to found that link please anyone help me and send the link from there using my conformation no. I can access that diagnostic test series. My GRE exam is on 14 oct…

5) GRE Verbal Cutoff

please send me list of universities for computer science which i can get through. Also i heard that some universities will have verbal section cut-off and it will be above this true..

6) Multiple GRE Attempts

By the way I have heard from my seniors that your gre score after two attempts will have a lesser consideration that the first and second ones.

7) Easy GRE

I am going to write my GRE this dec 2nd…I wanted to know if this is time frame is correct. I have previously heard that writing during month end or last week…the GRE is easier.

8) GRE and Projects

I am a second year civil engineering UG student.I want to know when is the right time to start preparing for GRE .Also I heard that doing projects are must for GRE?Is it true?

9) GRE  in  December is Easy

I have taken the date for gre exam on 27th october.but i have heard that score come less during october to december.Does it really happens?and what should i do in that case?

10) GRE is only for Non-MBA

i m confused about how to apply for MBA in US universities because i have heard that GRE is for masters in non business programs…. and is GRE right for applying masters in accounting and finance?

Which is your favorite?

Which is your favorite rumor? Mine is Number 9  – GRE  in December is Easy.

  • kumar

    Is there any idea on when the dates for july 2011 be released?

  • madahvi

    i want to give my gre in june. How to register?

  • satish

    hi….am getting confused….

    my doubt is either ETS has blocked the test dates from jan-july 2011….

    or those test center are already….BOOKED…..

    if anybody….can clarify my doubt….


    • vinil

      The dates for this period (jan 2011 – july 2011) are not yet released.

  • NoNameNoFace

    HSB please shed some light on these rumors too!!

    1. Is it true that the earlier questions weigh more marks than the last questions?

    2. Is it true that marking answers quickly (questions bound to be correct…point to be noted) can damage score?????

  • achyuth gurram

    Is it necessary that universities do require minimum verbal score of 450.please reply soon as i got only 380 in verbal so that i will take test one more time.

    • Harry

      Not all Universities have cut-offs. But a few mention on their websites regarding the minimum scores required to apply, like in my university, all those admitted have verbal scores above 550, but I don't remember the cut-off. If no such thing is mentioned on the website, then you can go ahead and apply, don't worry. I know many people who have scored less than 400 in verbal and are pursuing their MS in US.

  • aditi

    hi,i am going to give my gre exam in oct 3rd week..will my gre scores remain valid after august 2011 following the introduction of the revised examination pattern..please help me out as i am working and want to apply for the september 2011 session.thanks.

  • Harry

    How come point 5 is a rumor ? You mean to say no univ has specific cut-offs for the verbal section? I could point out a few which do….

    • Harry

      I meant minimum verbal scores required.

  • pankaj


    I have some rumours about GRE. Here they are

    "Revised format GRE will be tougher than current format GRE" – HSB

    "Everyone will rush to give GRE in its current format, so you should also rush to give GRE in current format" – HSB

    "Pankaj is trying to ruin my credibility on HSB blog" – HSB

    • HSB

      Good one but with few mistakes.

      Fact 1 – “Revised format GRE will be tougher than current format GRE” – HSB
      Fact 2 – “Everyone will rush to give GRE in its current format, so you should also rush to give GRE in current format” – HSB
      Fact 3 – “Pankaj is trying to ruin my credibility on HSB blog” – HSB

      • MB

        1. Depends on individual's interested. They'll be emphasizing more on Verbal in the new pattern and those who find it hard (and here are a LOT of them) will find the new pattern tougher.
        2. Majority of them will take GRE in current format, that's a fact, due to uncertainty about the new pattern.
        3. rofl :)

  • preethi

    i think you got to wait till march 2011, as the gre format is changing from august 2011 and the current format will not be available after july 2011.and the registration for taking gre testa after august , starts from march 15th, 2011.

  • rsr

    my branch is EEE but i havnt studied VLSI so is there any chance of applying 4 EMBEDDED 4 my masters however i havnt either studied EMBEDDED in my engg………..

    mostly throughout my engg i have studied core electrical but i want 2 switch over 2 electronics 4 my masters, having done only CONTROL SYSTEMS, DSP, SIGNALS N SYSTEMS .

    so plz suggest me some subjects i shud opt 4 my masters in electronics in those universities which wont daunt me about whether i have done those subjects in my engineering…

    thx a lot…… score is 1320

    • fardin

      yeah , of course you can!!

  • Banwari

    Pls help me.. can i register GRE for November-2011?

    • MB

      If you search about the revised GRE pattern, registrations for the new pattern would begin March/April 2011.