What is ETS?

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) is a private non-profit educational testing and assessment organization. It develops and administers the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) general and subject tests. The organization administers 50 million tests in 180+ countries around the world.

GRE is a standardized exam developed by the ETS and used by many schools for admissions to their graduate programs. The GRE consists of six sections which tests analytical writing, quant and verbal proficiencies.

In 2011, the ETS overhauled the exam and made it section adaptive in nature. The performance on the first math and verbal sections determines the difficulty of the second section in both the areas. The scoring was also changed to a 130 to 170 scale.

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Many b-schools have now started accepting GRE scores. ETS markets the GRE as a more flexible and less expensive alternative to the GMAT. Last year, the number of GRE test takers rose by 3% in comparison to the previous year.

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