The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test is a standardized test that graduate schools use to evaluate candidates. Over one thousand graduate programs around the world require applicants to submit GRE scores in order to be considered for admission. It's the most commonly required admission test for grad school. The GRE exam is a broad assessment of your critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills — all skills developed over the course of many years. This computer-based test consists of Analytical writing, Verbal and Quantitative sections. The total score for analytical writing is six points and the verbal and Quantitative sections are scored out of 170 points each.