Frequently Asked Questions

About the GRE® revised General Test

Why should I take the GRE® revised General Test?

The GRE® revised 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® revised General Test offered?

The computer-delivered 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® revised 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 My GRE® Account or by signing up for a new account.

The paper-delivered test is offered three times a year (February, October and November) in areas where the computer-delivered test is not available. Paper-delivered test dates are released in the second quarter of the calendar year with registration opening in July each year.

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

The computer-delivered GRE® revised 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.

The paper-delivered GRE® revised General Test takes up to 3 hours and 30 minutes and consists of three separately timed sections:

  • Verbal Reasoning — There are two 35-minute sections, each containing 25 questions.
  • Quantitative Reasoning — There are two 40-minute sections, each containing 25 questions.
  • Analytical Writing — There are two 30-minute sections, one that contains an "Analyze an Issue" task and one that contains an "Analyze an Argument" task.

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

The GRE® revised General Test gives you the Power of Confidence to help you do your best. It is the only admissions test for graduate or business school 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, so you can skip and return to them later
  • Go back and change answers
  • Use an on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section*

*For those taking the paper-delivered GRE® revised General Test, calculators will be provided at the test center.

How much does the GRE® revised General Test cost?

The global registration fee for the GRE® revised General Test is US$205. Learn about all accepted forms of payment.

How often can I take the GRE® revised General Test?

You can take the computer-delivered GRE® revised 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. You can take the paper-delivered GRE® revised General Test as often as it is offered. 

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.

About the GRE® Subject Tests

Why should I take a GRE® Subject Test?

GRE® Subject Tests measure achievement in seven subjects, and can help you stand out from other applicants by emphasizing your knowledge and skill level in a specific area of study. The seven Subject Tests offered are: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, 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 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® revised General Test?

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

You can register for the paper-delivered GRE® revised General Test online or by mail. Get more details.

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.

How often are the GRE® Subject Tests offered?

The GRE® Subject Tests are given at paper-delivered test centers worldwide three times a year, in September, October and April.

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 GRE® 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?

If your ID does not have a middle name listed, you do not have to include one while registering. If your ID does have a middle name and you need to add it to your My GRE® Account, GRE® Services can help you. Your My GRE® Account only allows for a middle initial, so that is what schools will see when they receive your score reports. To view a report sample, click here: 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® revised General Test?

Ultimately, the way you prepare for the GRE® revised 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® II software, which contains a full-length practice test that's as close to the actual test as you can get.

For paper-delivered test takers, download the Practice Book for the Paper-based GRE® revised General Test.

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® revised General Test and GRE® Subject Test scores online in your My GRE® Account about 10 to 15 days after your computer-delivered test date. If you take the paper-delivered test, your scores will be posted approximately six weeks 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 Examinee Score Report anytime when viewing your scores through your My GRE® 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. If you take the computer-delivered test, you can select score recipients at the test center after you view your unofficial scores. If you take the paper-delivered test, you can choose score recipients during registration or on your admission ticket correction stub.

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 My GRE® Account, your official score reports are sent to the schools you designated. If you take the computer-delivered test, it is about 10 to 15 days after your test date. If you take the paper-delivered test, it is about six weeks 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 My GRE® 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.

What is the difference between unofficial and official scores?

If you took the computer-delivered test, 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 My GRE® Account.

If I take the GRE® revised 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 and business school programs accept GRE® scores?

Thousands of graduate and business school programs around the world accept GRE® scores for admissions. Here’s the complete list of graduate and fellowship programs that accept GRE® scores.

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

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. For a full list of schools that accept GRE® scores visit: See the full list of schools that accept GRE® scores.

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