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About the GRE® General Test

Why should I take the GRE® General Test?

The GRE® General Test is the only admissions test that is accepted by both graduate and business programs worldwide — including most top-ranked M.B.A. programs. Scores are also valid for five years, so even if you don’t know your direction now, you have time to explore and decide.

When is the GRE® General Test offered?

The test is administered on a continuous basis at more than 1,000 test centers in over 160 countries. Click to view test date availability for the GRE® General Test, and then select the location where you would like to test. You will then see dates, test centers and seat availability. Make your selection and then click to register through your ETS Account or by signing up for a new account.

What is on the test and how long does it take?

The GRE® General Test takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes and consists of three separately timed sections:

  • Verbal Reasoning — There are two 30-minute sections, each containing 20 questions.
  • Quantitative Reasoning — There are two 35-minute sections, each containing 20 questions.
  • Analytical Writing — There is one section with two separately timed tasks: one "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task.

You may also be required to complete an unidentified, unscored and/or research section of the test. The unidentified, unscored section can appear at any point after the Analytical Writing section. The research section is always at the end of the test. The time given to complete these sections varies. You will not receive a score for them.

How does the “test-taker-friendly design” help me?

The GRE® General Test is the only admissions test for graduate school, including business and law, that lets you apply your own personal test-taking strategies, so that within a section you can:

  • Preview and review questions
  • Tag questions with the “mark” and “review” features
  • Skip questions & go back
  • Change answers
  • Use an on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section*

How much does the GRE® General Test cost?

The registration fee for the GRE® General Test is:

  • Australia $230.00
  • China $231.30
  • Nigeria $226.00
  • Turkey $255.00
  • All other areas of the world $205.00

*Learn about all accepted forms of payment.

How often can I take the GRE® General Test?

You can take the GRE® General Test once every 21 days, and up to five times within any continuous 12-month period. This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously.

What if I need to change the date or location of my test?

You must cancel, reschedule or change the location of your test up to four days prior to test day (10 days for those in Mainland China) or your test fee will be forfeited. Find out how to change or cancel your registration. You also may find this quick video on how to reschedule a test date for the GRE® General Test helpful.

Why did you drop “revised” from the name of the GRE® General Test?

Back in August 2011, the word “revised” was added to help distinguish the current test from the test that was administered prior to that date.  Now that scores from the prior test are no longer reported, we no longer need “revised.” 

If I have test prep for the GRE® revised General Test, can I use it to prepare for the GRE® General Test?

Yes, you can continue to use test prep materials that contain the word “revised.” It will take a while to see the name change everywhere so don’t be concerned if the published test prep materials or advice you get still references “revised.”  We recommend that you use official test preparation materials from ETS, the maker of the test, that can be found here

About the GRE® Subject Tests

Why should I take a GRE® Subject Test?

GRE® Subject Tests measure achievement in specific subjects, and can help you stand out from other applicants by emphasizing your knowledge and skill level in a specific area of study. The Subject Tests offered are: Biology, Chemistry, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology.

What is on the GRE® Subject Tests?

The test content varies depending on the subject, but most of the tests contain multiple-choice questions, and all questions are based upon information that students would encounter in their undergraduate coursework. Learn more about what is on the individual tests.

How often are the GRE® Subject Tests offered?

GRE® Subject Tests are offered at paper-delivered test centers worldwide three times a year (April, September and October). View the updated list of test centers

How much does the GRE® Subject Test cost?

The global registration fee for the GRE® Subject Test is US$150. Learn about all accepted forms of payment.

How often can I take the GRE® Subject Test?

You can take the GRE® Subject Test as often as it is offered, i.e., three times a year (April, September and October).

What if I need to change the date or location of my GRE® Subject Test?

You must reschedule, cancel or change the location of your GRE® Subject Test no later than four days prior to test day or your test fee will be forfeited. Find out how to change or cancel your registration.

Registering for the GRE® Tests

How do I register for the GRE® General Test?

You can register for the GRE® General Test online or by phone. Learn more about registration.

How do I register for a GRE® Subject Test?

You can register for a GRE® Subject Test online or by mail. Learn more about registration for the GRE® Subject Tests.

My name on my ID and registration do not match. What should I do?

GRE® Services can help you with your ID questions. You can call them directly at 1-609-771-7670 or you can email them at gre-info@ets.org (please allow 72 hours for an email response). For test takers in India and Korea, please contact your local GRE ® Customer Support Center.

My name on my ID is in upper case and in my ETS Account it is lower case. Is this acceptable?

The use of capital or lower case letters does not matter in matching identification.

How should I enter my name while registering if I have two given names or two given last/surnames?

You should enter both of your given names in the given name field without a space between them. The name on your ID and the name you use when registering need to match exactly — excluding accents, apostrophes and spaces.

If I have no last name, how should I enter my name while registering?

If you have no last/surname, you should enter your given name as your first name and then enter it again as your last/surname.

What should I enter as my middle name during the registration process?

The middle initial is not a mandatory field in the registration system so if your ID does not have a middle name listed, skip this field. If your ID does have a middle name, you should enter the first initial during registration. If you need to add it to your ETS Account, GRE® Services can help you. Your ETS Account only allows for a middle initial, so that is what schools will see when they receive your score reports. View a report sample.

What accommodations are available for test takers with disabilities or health-related needs?

ETS is committed to providing services and reasonable accommodations for test takers with disabilities and health-related needs who meet ETS requirements. Get more details.

Preparing for the GRE® Tests

What's the best way to prepare for the GRE® General Test?

Ultimately, the way you prepare for the GRE® General Test will be a personal decision. However, a good place to start is by reviewing all of the  official GRE® prep materials, including the FREE official POWERPREP® Online, which provides two online practice tests that simulate the actual GRE® General Test, including the test-taker friendly design features you’ll encounter on test day, an on-screen calculator and more!

What's the best way to prepare for a GRE® Subject Test?

If you are preparing for a GRE® Subject Test, you can download the free, official test preparation materials.

My GRE® Scores

When can I see my GRE® scores online?

You can view your official GRE® General Test and GRE® Subject Test scores online in your ETS Account about 10 to 15 days after your test date. If you designated score recipients on or before test day, your official score reports will be sent directly to them around the same time as your scores are available online.

Can I get a paper copy of my official score report?

You can print your Test Taker Score Report anytime when viewing your scores through your ETS Account. Just click the print button on the page.

How and when do I designate schools to receive my GRE® scores?

Four FREE score reports are included with your test registration fee and are sent to the schools or fellowship sponsors you select. You can select score recipients at the test center after you view your unofficial scores.

Where do I find institution codes?

Institution codes can be found here.

When will the schools I designated receive my scores?

At about the same time as your scores are available in your ETS Account, your official score reports are sent to the schools you designated, about 10 to 15 days after your test date. Delivery times to institutions will vary depending on location. Learn more about sending your scores.

My designated schools have not received my scores yet. What can I do?

You can review the details of the score recipients you designated, including the reporting dates, by logging in to your ETS Account and selecting "View Scores and Score Recipients" under Scores on the main menu. If you see that scores were sent, you may want to contact the school again. If you see the school is not included on your list, you will need to order Additional Score Reports (ASRs). Learn more about ASRs.

How do I send my scores to additional schools?

To send score reports to schools after your test date, you will need to order Additional Score Reports (ASRs) from ETS for a fee. Learn more about ASRs. Watch a quick video on how to send scores after test day.

What is the difference between unofficial and official scores?

The scores you see at the end of the test are your unofficial Verbal and Quantitative scores. About 10-15 days after your test date, your official scores from those sections, as well as your official Analytical Writing scores, will be available in your ETS Account.

If I take the GRE® General Test or GRE® Subject Test more than once, which scores do I send?

With the ScoreSelect® option, you get to decide which scores to send to schools. That means you can send ONLY your best scores, and ONLY the scores you want schools to see. Just knowing you have that option can help you feel more confident on test day. Learn more about the ScoreSelect® option.

Which graduate schools, including business and law, accept GRE® scores?

See the complete list of institutions using GRE® scores and their official ETS code number.

Considering an MBA? Business schools worldwide accept GRE® scores for their MBA and other graduate business programs. View the rapidly growing list of MBA programs that accept GRE® scores.

Are GRE® scores accepted for law school J.D. program applications?

Yes, law schools, including top-ranked schools, are now accepting GRE® General Test scores for admission to their J.D. programs. View the most current list.

How can law schools compare applicants who have submitted GRE® scores with applicants who have submitted LSAT® exam scores?

ETS has developed the GRE Comparison Tool for Law Schools to allow law schools to place GRE scores in the context of LSAT® scores. Law schools can input GRE Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores into the GRE Comparison Tool for Law Schools and the Tool will provide estimated LSAT scores.* You can access the GRE Comparison Tool for Law Schools to learn more about it.

* The predicted LSAT score based on an applicant’s GRE scores may not be perfectly equivalent to an applicant’s actual performance on the LSAT exam due to the measurement error inherent in both tests. The predicted score range is approximately +/- 5 points for the total LSAT score.

What score do I need to achieve to be accepted by a university?

Universities and programs that accept GRE® scores set their own score requirements; therefore requirements can vary by institution and program. It is recommended that you contact the institutions directly to fully understand their requirements.  See the full list of schools that accept GRE® scores.

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