About the GRE
The GRE is a graduate-level exam system, administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). It is typically used as a general gauge of a student's reasoning and analytical abilities. Some schools may require GRE scores as a part of the admissions process. For other schools, GRE scores are optional. In any case, doing well on the GRE will help a student demonstrate readiness for graduate-level coursework.
Most grad school, law school or business school candidates will take the GRE General Test, which tests their abilities in three main areas: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing. There are also several GRE Subject Tests for those pursuing a specific field of study, such as Psychology, Physics and Math. These tests are content based and intended for students who have already received an undergraduate level education in these subjects.
Registration for the GRE General Test can be done through the official GRE website at any time, as the test is offered at computer test centers and universities year-round, all over the world. The General Test is offered on computer only, while paper tests are available at special paper-delivered test locations for those who do not live near a computer testing center. The GRE subject tests are paper-only (registration may still be done online) and must be taken at a paper-delivered test location, on select dates in September, October and April. The General Test takes about three hours and 45 minutes to complete and will consist of four selectable choice/numerical input sections, plus two essay portions. Test-takers may mark questions for later review (as long as they have not moved on to the next portion), and there are no penalties for incorrect answers. Those who took the computer version of the General Test may view their unofficial Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning scores immediately after finishing. These sections are scored from 130 to 170 points, with the average student scoring around 150. The Analytical Writing portion is scored from 0 to 6 (in half-point increments); these results will arrive with the official scores, 10-15 days after the test. The subject tests are scored from 200-990 points, and scores are available about 5 weeks later.
On Study.com, you can find these helpful GRE prep courses and study guides:
- GRE Analytical Writing: Study Guide & Test Prep
- GRE Biology: Study Guide & Test Prep
- GRE Math: Study Guide & Test Prep
- GRE Prep: Help and Review
- GRE Prep: Tutoring Solution
- GRE Psychology: Study Guide & Test Prep
- GRE Quantitative Reasoning: Study Guide & Test Prep
- GRE Test: Practice & Study Guide
- GRE Verbal Reasoning: Study Guide & Test Prep
About Study.com GRE Courses
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