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Launch of GRE® Revised General Test Will Be Good News for Students in Korea
New Test-Taker Friendly Features and 50% Discount
Educational Testing Service (ETS) recently announced substantial changes to its GRE® testing program in Korea, with the introduction of the GRE® revised General Test in August, 2011. Key among these changes, split-test administrations will end and students testing in Korea will be able to take all three sections — Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing — on computer, all on one day. With the launch of the GRE revised General Test, there will also be more frequent testing options — with one to two fixed administrations per month. In addition, test fees in Korea will be aligned with the international fee structure, eliminating the split-test administration price tier. All of these changes will be made in Korea, China (including Hong Kong) and Taiwan.

ETS also announced other changes, including removing antonyms and analogies from the Verbal Reasoning section and replacing them with questions that place more emphasis on reading and questions featuring real-life scenarios. The ability to move forward and backward and change answers within a section and the addition of an onscreen calculator are among other major new benefits. More details on the GRE revised General Test are posted on the GRE website.

“I think that's a major improvement to make sure that students can more easily take the GRE General Test,” says Jo Ritzen, President, University of Maastricht. “The increase in Asian students is, in general, felt across the world. The GRE Program is doing, at the moment, a tremendously important job in international mobility.”

“A record 675,000 people took the current GRE General Test last year and more people around the world are taking it than at any time in the history of the program,” explains David Payne, VP and COO for College and Graduate Programs at ETS. “We are so pleased to be able to provide increased testing opportunities, faster score reporting, and a more test-taker friendly experience to students in Korea and these other regions.”

To give students an additional reason to pursue graduate and business school opportunities, ETS also announced a limited-time 50 percent discount on the GRE revised General Test fee for everyone taking the test between August 1 and September 30, 2011. It's an exclusive offer only for test takers who are among the first to take the GRE revised General Test.

Payne notes that test takers should learn about the important dates and deadlines for both the current and GRE revised General Test. For example, if you take the GRE revised General Test during our special discount period of August to September 2011, your scores will be sent by mid-November. However, if you need your scores before November 2011, take the current test before August 2011. Since seats will fill up quickly, it's important that you register early to get the date and location of your choice.

The last dates to take the current split-test administration in Korea, China (including Hong Kong) and Taiwan are provided below.

Computer-based Analytical Writing: Paper-based Verbal and Quantitative:

July 1, 2010 – Sept. 18, 2010 Oct. 23, 2010

Sept. 19, 2010 – May 7, 2011 June 11, 2011

The first administration of the GRE revised General Test in Korea will be August 8, 2011. Registration opens March 15, 2011, and free test prep is already available. ETS officials anticipate that the 50 percent discount will be popular among students, so interested test takers should register early. Anyone taking the GRE revised General Test in August or September 2011 will receive score reports starting in November 2011.

Normal score reporting will resume in December 2011; and test takers in Korea will then benefit from the much faster 10 – 15 day score reporting timeline for computer-based testing, compared to the six-week turnaround they were accustomed to for the split-test administration.

“The many new test-taker friendly benefits of the GRE revised General Test and the limited-time 50 percent discount will now give test takers in Korea, China (including Hong Kong) and Taiwan even more reasons to pursue their graduate or business school dreams,” says Payne.

For specific information, important deadlines and testing details about the launch of the GRE revised General Test, visit

About ETS

At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

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