GRE® Subject Tests measure achievement in specific areas and is intended for students with extensive background in one of the following disciplines: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Literature in English; Mathematics; Physics and Psychology.
If you're majoring in one of these subjects, you might want to take a Subject Test in addition to the GRE® revised General Test.
here are the top frequently asked questions about the GRE® Subject Tests:
Why should I take a GRE Subject Test?
GRE Subject Tests measure achievement in specific subject areas and assume undergraduate majors or extensive background in those disciplines. GRE Subject Test scores help you stand out from other applicants by showing how knowledgeable you are in a specific discipline. Depending on your area of study, some graduate programs will require or recommend that you take a GRE Subject Test for admissions consideration.
What GRE Subject Tests are offered?
There are 8 GRE Subject Tests: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science*; Literature in English; Mathematics; Physics; and Psychology.
*Note: The last administration of the GRE Computer Science Test will be in April 2013. The test will be discontinued after the April 2013 administration. Scores will continue to be reportable for five years.
Who accepts GRE Subject Tests?
Thousands of graduate schools, including individual departments or divisions within schools, accept GRE Subject Tests. Contact your prospective schools’ admissions office or the department you’re interested in for admission requirements.
Is the ScoreSelectSM option available for Subject Tests?
Yes the new ScoreSelectSM option is available for GRE Subject Test scores — allowing you to approach test day with even more confidence knowing you can decide which scores to send to your designated institutions. You will be able to send scores from your Most Recent (current) test administration, scores from All GRE Subject Tests you have taken, or Any specific Subject Test administration. find out more>
Is there prep material available for GRE Subject Tests?
After you register, you'll receive a FREE GRE Subject Test Practice Book. Each book includes an actual test, an answer key, test-taking strategies and scoring information. You can also download FREE practice material now>
How are scores reported for a GRE Subject Test?
One total score is reported on a 200 — 990 score scale, in 10-point increments, although the score range for any particular Subject Test is usually smaller. For the Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; and Psychology Tests, subscores are reported on a 20 — 99 score scale, in 1-point increments. Subscores enable assessment of strengths and weaknesses and can be used for guidance and placement purposes. All scores from the past 5 years are included in your cumulative score report.
Are there accommodations for test takers with disabilities and health-related needs?
Test takers with disabilities and health-related needs will be provided with services and reasonable accommodations that are appropriate. Testing accommodations are available for test takers who meet ETS requirements. For full information on accommodations available for test takers with disabilities or health-related needs, visit ets.org/gre.
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