Thinking about Grad School?
You have to take the GRE

ANOTHER EXAM. The GRE (Graduate Record Exam)

Graduate school presents different challenges and opportunities than you experienced as an undergraduate. And yes, you have to take the exam before you apply, and studying for it is a good idea.

For regular grad school, you will take the Graduate Record Exam. For medical school considieration, you take the

Graduate School, Main Page

MCAT. and for an MBA, sign up for

the GMAT, and if you are planning to apply to law school, you will take the the Law School Admissions Test.

More about the GRE, other grad school tests, and jobs

Graduate Records Exam

The GRE® General Test measures critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The test contains three sections: Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing, and it guages undergraduate achievement in eight specific fields of study:
  • Analogies

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Antonyms

  • Math
  • Analytical Writing

  • Sentence Completion

  • Quantitative Reasoning

  • Research


General Information about the GRE


  • General Test: $115. 00

  • Subject Test: $130.00


  • General Test: Computer-based and given year-round at certified testing centers

  • Subject Tests: These tests are paper tests and are given three times a year -April, November - December

There are two versions of the GRE and the test you take is determined by the type of grad school program you plan to enter. You will need to check with your prospective school to see which GRE it requires.

  • The General Test: 4 hours

  • The Subject Test: 3.5 hours

NOTE: The Educational Testing Service (ETS) will launch the Revised Graduate Record Examinations General Test in the fall of 2007.

The Revised General Test is designed to:

  • Increase test validity
  • Provide faculty with better information regarding applicants' performance
  • Address security concerns
  • Increase worldwide access to the test
  • Make better use of advances in technology and psychometric design
  • Changes Planned Include the Following:

    • Verbal Reasoning
    • Greater emphasis on higher cognitive skills and less on vocabulary
    • More text-based materials, such as reading passages
    • A broader selection of reading passages
    • Emphasis on skills related to graduate work, such as complex reasoning
    • Expansion of computer-enabled tasks
    • Two 40-minute sections rather than one 30-minute section Quantitative Reasoning skills that are closer to skills used in grad school
    • Proportion of questions involving real-life scenarios and data interpretation increased
    • Proportion of Geometry questions decreased
    • Better use of technology (e.g., on-screen calculator)
    • Two 40-minute sections rather than one 45-minute section
    • Analytical Writing
    • New, more focused prompts that reduce the possibility of reliance on memorized materials.
    • The Issue and Argument tasks will be 30 minutes in length

    • Take a look at the GRE, try sample questions, sign up

      Resources for Test Takers with Disabilities

      Study for the GRE:

      The General Test (GRE)

      There are three sections on the General Test:


      • Analogies

      • Antonyms

      • Reading Comprehension

      • Sentence Completions


      • Quantitative Comparison

      • Problem Solving

      Analytical Writing

      • Issues Writing Task

      • Argument Analysis Writing

      The Subject Tests

      The subjects currently offered are:

      • Biochemistry

      • Cell and Molecular Biology

      • Biology

      • Chemistry

      • Computer Science

      • English Literature

      • Mathematics

      • Physics

      • Psychology

      Scoring the Test

      The Verbal Reasoning section and the Quantitative Reasoning section of the General Test are scored on a scale of 200-800 for each section.

      The Analytical Writing section is scored on a scale of 0-6.

      The Subject Matter tests are scored on a scale of 200-990 per subject exam.

      Probably you are concerned about paying for your new adventure.

      Check out the following sites to give you information, ideas and resources for financial aid, scholarships, loans, grants, and innovative ways to earn $$$.

      Remember that grad school students can frequently earn most, if not all, of their college expenses with positions such as: Lab Assistant, Reader (for professors), or working as a Teaching Assistant.

    • A Valuable Resource for the GRE Exam!

      Search for GRE information on GOOGLE


      Apply Here: All Public Colleges and Universitis in the United States

    • Learn about Financial Aid

    • Financial Aid Terms and Explanations

    • Scholarships for Undergrads and Grad Students

    • Innovative ways to earn and save $$ in college

    • Return to Everything-about-college home page

      Share this page:
      Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

      Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

      1. Click on the HTML link code below.
      2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.