The GRE General Test is the only admissions test that is accepted by thousands of graduate and business programs worldwide — including the world’s top-ranked business schools. Your GRE test scores can be used to apply to advanced-degree programs around the world—giving you more opportunities for your future.
The GRE General Test content reflects the kind of thinking you’ll do and the skills you need to succeed in today’s demanding graduate and business school programs. Specifically, the test measures your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills – skills that have been developed over a long period of time and are not related to a specific field of study. The GRE General Test features a test-taker-friendly design that gives you the flexibility to use your own test-taking strategies and the 'ScoreSelect' option, which lets you decide which scores to send to schools.
Test-Taker Friendly Design
Use the test-taker-friendly design to do your best! The GRE General Test allows you to freely move forward and backwards throughout an entire section. Specific features include:
- Preview and review capabilities within a section
- “Mark” and “Review” feature to tag questions, so you can skip them and return later if you have time remaining in the section
- The ability to change/edit answers within a section
- An on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section
Send Only Your Best Scores
The 'ScoreSelect' option lets you decide which GRE test scores to send to the schools you designate. You can take a GRE test once now, or again in the future, and only send the GRE test scores from whichever test date(s) you want schools to see. Plus, you have five years to decide how to use any of your scores.
On test day, you can send up to four free score reports from your most recent test administration or from all administrations of the General Test taken in the last five years. After test day, you can send scores from your Most Recent, All or Any specific test administration(s) for a fee when ordering Additional Score Reports online. Scores for a test administration must be reported in their entirety. The 'ScoreSelect' option is available for both the GRE General Test and GRE Subject Tests. For additional information on the ScoreSelect option, visit the GRE website.
The GRE General Test is composed of three measures — Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning.
Free official test preparation tools are available to make it easy for you to get ready to take the GRE General Test. The FREE POWERPEP practice tests are the only comprehensive test prep that’s as close to taking the computer-delivered test as you can get. Check it out, along with all the other official test preparation tools.
Who should take a GRE General Test?
Each year, prospective graduate and business school applicants from around the world take the GRE® General Test. Applicants come from varying educational and cultural backgrounds, and the tests provide a common measure for comparing candidates’ qualifications. For more than 65 years, GRE scores have been used by admissions and fellowship panels to supplement undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study.
When and Where the Test is offered
The test is administered at more than 1,000 test centres in more than 160 countries. In most regions of the world, the computer-delivered test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year. In Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea, the computer-delivered test is available up to three times per month. In areas of the world where computer-delivered testing is not available, the test is administered in a paper-delivered format up to three times a year in October, November, and February.
How to register:
Visit the GRE website to register for a GRE test and for the most up-to-date information about GRE tests and services.
GRE Subject Tests
The GRE Subject Tests can help you stand out from other applicants by emphasizing your knowledge and skill level in a specific area. Subject tests, which measure undergraduate achievement, are available in the following fields of study: Biology, Chemistry, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology
Each Subject Test assumes an undergraduate major or extensive background in the discipline. The tests are given at testing centres worldwide up to three times per year, in September, October and April. Additional information about the content of the tests is available.
Help Schools Find You
The FREE GRE Search Service can help match you with the right participating schools and fellowship sponsors, based on the background information that you provide. If a graduate or business school sees your recruitment profile and considers it a match, they can reach out and contact you directly about their program. It’s an effective way to learn about schools and programs you may not have considered. You will be given the option of being included in the Search Service when you register for a GRE test. You can also sign up for the Search Service online anytime.
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