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GRE General Test Procedures and Overview

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Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

GRE General Test Overview

What Is It?

The GREŽ General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study.

Verbal Reasoning -- The skills measured include the test taker's ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it
analyze relationships among component parts of sentences recognize relationships between words and concepts.

Quantitative Reasoning -- The skills measured include the test taker's ability to understand basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis
reason quantitatively solve problems in a quantitative setting

Analytical Writing -- The skills measured include the test taker's ability to particulate complex ideas clearly and effectively examine claims and accompanying evidence support ideas with relevant reasons and examples sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
control the elements of standard written English

Who Takes It and Why?

Prospective graduate applicants take the General Test. GREŽ test scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement undergraduate records and other qualifications for graduate study. The scores provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants and aid in evaluating grades and recommendations.

Where Do People Take It?

The General Test is offered year-round at computer-based test centers in the U.S., Canada, and many other countries. It is offered at paper-based test centers in areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available. See which format is available in your area.

Who Accepts It?

Any accredited graduate, business or professional school, or any department or division within a school, may require or recommend that its applicants take the General Test, a Subject Test, or both. If approved by the GREŽ Board, a non-accredited institution can also receive test takers' scores

What Are They?

The GREŽ Subject Tests gauge undergraduate achievement in the eight disciplines listed below. Each Subject Test is intended for students who have majored in or have extensive background in that specific area.

Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Literature in English
Mathematics
Physics
Psychology

Who Takes Them and Why?

Prospective graduate applicants take the Subject Tests. GRE test scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement undergraduate records and other qualifications for graduate study.

The scores provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants and aid in the evaluation of grades and recommendations. Some Subject Tests yield subscores that can indicate the strengths and weaknesses of individual students' preparation and may be useful for guidance and placement purposes.

Where Do People Take Them?

The Subject Tests are given at paper-based test centers worldwide three times a year in:
October
November
April

Who Accepts Them?

Any accredited graduate, business or professional school, or any department or division within a school, may require or recommend that its applicants take the General Test, a Subject Test, or both. A non-accredited institution can receive test takers' scores if approved by the GRE Board.

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