Why Take a GRE® Test?

Only one test gives you the power of confidence.

Confidence comes with knowing that you have the power to do your best, the flexibility to apply more of your own test-taking strategies and the option to send only your best scores to the graduate or business school program of your choice.  

For graduate schools and business schools worldwide. For the career of your choice.

The GRE® General Test is the only admissions test that is accepted by thousands of 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.

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Send only your best scores with the ScoreSelect® option.

When you take the GRE® General Test more than once, you get to choose which scores you send to schools. It takes some of the pressure off so you can focus on doing your best, and it’s only available with GRE® tests.

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Get to know the test-taker friendly features.

With the GRE® General Test, you can apply more of your own test-taking strategies. Within each section, you can:

  • Preview and review questions
  • Skip questions and go back
  • Change answers
  • Use an on-screen calculator for the Quantitative Reasoning section

This is great news. Recent data shows that most GRE® test takers who changed answers went from wrong to right, and boosted scores. And all test takers who skipped a question and later completed it saw the same or better scores.

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GRE® General Test help me?

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The GRE® General Test.
The one test that can power any career.

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I am thinking about taking the GRE® General Test for:

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Down to a science.

The science field encompasses a wide variety of career paths, including those with a focus in the physical sciences and life sciences. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many, if not most, of those careers require a graduate degree to qualify for an entry-level position.

Taking the GRE® General Test is an excellent idea if you are planning to apply to a graduate science program. The test is designed to measure the skills you need to excel in graduate school and beyond. It also allows you to put more of your personal test-taking strategies to work to try and do your best. Within each section, you can skip questions and go back, change answers and more.

If you are like many individuals interested in pursuing study in both science and business, keep in mind that GRE® scores can also be used for M.B.A. and specialized Master’s in business programs.

High demand in high-tech.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the technology careers requiring a graduate degree, including computer and information research scientists, are expected to grow 15% between 2012 and 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Therefore, demand for these highly educated and skilled workers will likely remain robust.

Taking the GRE® General Test is an excellent idea if you are planning to apply to a graduate technology program. The test is designed to measure the skills you need to excel in graduate school. It also allows you to put more of your personal test-taking strategies to work to try and do your best. Within each section, you can skip questions and go back, change answers and more.

If you are like many individuals interested in pursuing study in both technology and business, keep in mind that GRE® scores can also be used for M.B.A. and specialized Master’s in business programs.

Power up your future.

Employers and industry associations, including the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, are calling for a mandatory Master’s degree for engineers seeking a professional license, indicating job prospects for those with graduate engineering degrees are booming.

Taking the GRE® General Test is an excellent idea if you are planning to apply to a graduate engineering program. The test is designed to measure the skills you need to excel in graduate school and beyond. It also allows you to put more of your personal test-taking strategies to work to try and do your best. Within each section, you can skip questions and go back, change answers and more.

If you are like many individuals interested in pursuing study in both engineering and business, keep in mind that GRE® scores can also be used for M.B.A. and specialized Master’s in business programs.

Adding value with a graduate mathematics degree.

The need for those with graduate-level mathematics proficiency is increasing, as business, industry and science all vie for highly skilled employees to analyze data and help solve real-world problems. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for both statisticians and mathematicians will surpass 20% between 2012 and 2022.

Taking the GRE® General Test is an excellent idea if you are planning to apply to a graduate mathematics program. The test is designed to measure the skills you need to excel in graduate school and beyond. It also allows you to put more of your personal test-taking strategies to work to try and do your best. Within each section, you can skip questions and go back, change answers and more.

Broadening your horizons.

In addition to expanding your knowledge base, pursuing a graduate degree in certain sectors of the humanities, such as art history and literature, can give you even more career options, such as working in cultural and historical organizations, publishing, theatrical and artistic endeavors, the nonprofit sector and more.

Taking the GRE® General Test is an excellent idea if you are planning to apply to a graduate humanities program. It is designed to test the skills you need to excel in graduate school and beyond. It also allows you to put more of your personal test-taking strategies to work to try and do your best. Within each section, you can skip questions and go back, change answers and more.

Researching where your career will take you.

In addition to broadening your knowledge base, pursuing a graduate degree in certain sectors of the social sciences, such as sociology and economics, can give you even more career options, including work in higher-education administration, the nonprofit sector, financial services, research, politics and more.

Taking the GRE® General Test is an excellent idea if you are planning to apply to a graduate social sciences program. It is designed to test the skills you need to excel in graduate school and beyond. It also allows you to put more of your personal test-taking strategies to work to try and do your best. Within each section, you can skip questions and go back, change answers and more.

The journey from student to teacher.

If you are interested in teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level, or working in education administration or curriculum development, pursuing a graduate degree in education can expand your career options.

Taking the GRE® General Test is an excellent idea if you are planning to apply to a graduate education program. It is designed to test the skills you need to excel in graduate school and beyond. It also allows you to put more of your personal test-taking strategies to work to try and do your best. Within each section, you can skip questions and go back, change answers and more.

You are looking to expand your career options.

In addition to broadening your knowledge base, pursuing a graduate degree in your chosen field can give you even more career options.

Taking the GRE® General Test is an excellent idea if you are planning to apply to a graduate program. It is designed to test the skills you need to excel in graduate school and beyond. It also allows you to put more of your personal test-taking strategies to work to try and do your best. Within each section, you can skip questions and go back, change answers and more.

Take another step toward your goal.

Even though you are not exactly sure what you would like to study right now, it is a great idea to take the GRE® General Test if you are still in school and in the routine of studying and preparing for tests. Your GRE® scores are valid for five years, so you have time to explore your options. GRE® scores are the most widely accepted scores at graduate and business programs worldwide – so they can help you pursue a variety of paths.

The GRE® General Test is designed to test the skills you need to excel in graduate school and beyond. It also allows you to put more of your personal test-taking strategies to work to try and do your best. Within each section, you can skip questions and go back, change answers and more.

An M.B.A. is in your future.

An M.B.A. can prepare you well for a successful business career. According to a recent study by leading online career community Career Bliss, you can earn 22% more as a business manager than someone with just an undergraduate degree. Further, 84% of M.B.A. students were employed within three months after graduating in 2015, as noted in a U.S. News & World Report survey.

The GRE® General Test is designed to test the skills you need to excel in business school and beyond. It also allows you to put more of your personal test-taking strategies to work to try and do your best. Within each section, you can skip questions and go back, change answers and more.

You are getting down to business.

You are thinking about business school, and a degree that will pave the way for your career working within a business field. According to a recent study by leading online career community Career Bliss, with an advanced degree, you can earn more in annual salary for certain careers, such as marketing director or financial advisor, than you could with just an undergraduate degree.

The GRE® General Test is designed to test the skills you need to excel in business school and beyond. It also allows you to put more of your personal test-taking strategies to work to try and do your best. Within each section, you can skip questions and go back, change answers and more.

When it comes to your future, you are all business.

You are thinking about business school, and an advanced degree that can not only pave the way for a career in business, but also in academia as a business professor. According to a recent study by leading online career community Career Bliss, with an advanced degree, you can earn more in annual salary for certain careers, such as marketing director or financial advisor, than you could with just an undergraduate degree.

The GRE® General Test is designed to test the skills you need to excel in business school and beyond. It also allows you to put more of your personal test-taking strategies to work to try and do your best. Within each section, you can skip questions and go back, change answers and more.

Take another step toward your goal.

Even though you are not exactly sure what you would like to study right now, it’s still a great idea to take the GRE® General Test if you are still in school and in the routine of studying and preparing for tests. Your GRE® scores are valid for five years, so you have time to explore your options. GRE® scores are the most widely accepted scores at graduate and business programs worldwide – so they can help you pursue a variety of paths.

The GRE® General Test is designed to test the skills you need to excel in business school and beyond. It also allows you to put more of your personal test-taking strategies to work to try and do your best. Within each section, you can skip questions and go back, change answers and more.

Keep exploring your options.

Even though you are still exploring your graduate study options, it’s a great idea to take the GRE® General Test if you are still in school and in the routine of studying and preparing for tests. Your GRE® scores are valid for five years, so you have time to explore your options. GRE® scores are the most widely accepted scores at graduate and business programs worldwide – so they can help you pursue a variety of paths.

The GRE® General Test is designed to test the skills you need to excel in graduate or business school. It also allows you to put more of your personal test-taking strategies to work to try and do your best. Within each section, you can skip questions and go back, change answers and more.

Great news! Taking a GRE® test can help you pursue graduate or business school. With the power of confidence you get only with GRE® tests, you can approach test day with more confidence, knowing you have the option to take the test again if you would like to try and beat your scores. Then you can use the ScoreSelect® option to send only your best scores to your chosen schools. Be sure to explore all of the official GRE® test prep materials to help you get started.

Depending on how much time you have until test day, be sure to explore as many of the official GRE® test prep materials as you can. Once you take the test, you will have the option to take it again if you’d like to try and beat your scores. Then you can use the ScoreSelect® option to send only your best scores to your chosen schools.

Good news! Nearly 1 out of 4 GRE® test takers take the test a second time and most improve their scores. The test is also the only admissions test with the ScoreSelect® option, which lets you decide which scores to send to schools. So you can take the test more than once to try and better your score, then send ONLY your best scores to your designated schools.

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The GRE® General Test.
The smart choice for business school.

Whether you are headed for an M.B.A. or specialized Master’s program, taking the test is a smart choice. Your GRE® scores are accepted at more than 1,200 business schools worldwide, including 97 of the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Top 100 U.S. business schools and 29 of Bloomberg Businessweek's Top 30 U.S. M.B.A. Programs.

The GRE® General Test also lets you put more of your personal test-taking strategies to work to help you do your best. You can skip questions and go back, change answers and send only your best scores if you take the test more than once.

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What are the sections of the GRE General Test?

Questions on the GRE® General Test are meant to measure the skills you will need to succeed in today’s graduate and business schools.

Between Verbal and Quant, how did you divide your prep time?

No matter how you divide your test prep time, we have an Official Guide for you. Check out all three Official Guides for the GRE® General Test.