About the Test

What is the GRE® General Test?

The GRE® General Test contains questions that are based on the kind of thinking you will do and the skills you will need to get ahead in today’s demanding graduate and business school programs. Depending on your intended area of study, you may also want to take a GRE® Subject Test to strengthen your application.

The GRE® Test Format

The GRE® General Test measures the skills you will need in graduate, business or law school and features a test-taker friendly format.

3 Number of scores you will receive – one each for Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning
4 Number of FREE score reports you can send to schools
03:45 Time it takes to complete the test


The GRE® General Test contains 3 scored sections:
Analytical Writing
Verbal Reasoning
Quantitative Reasoning


of GRE® test takers changed at least one answer, and most improved their scores.


days after your test date, you can view your scores online in your ETS Account.


Your scores are valid for 5 years after the year in which you tested.


More than 1,300 business schools, including the world’s top-ranked business schools, accept GRE® scores for admission to their MBA, specialized master’s and other graduate business programs.


98 of the top institutions on the U.S. News & World Report 2019 Best Business Schools Ranking accept GRE® scores.


All of Bloomberg Businessweek's top 47 U.S. MBA programs accept GRE® scores.


90 of the top institutions on The Financial Times 2018 Global MBA Ranking accept GRE® scores.


7 out of 10 GRE® test takers earned the same or better scores on the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections when they took the test a second time.


Nearly 1 out of 4 people take the GRE® General Test more than once.


of test takers rely on official GRE® software and apps to prepare for the GRE® General Test.


of test takers prepare from 1-4 hours per week.


Top 3 study snacks among GRE® test takers: fruits, nuts, chocolate


1 out of 3 GRE® test takers starts preparing less than 1 month before test day.

Is a GRE® Subject Test Right for You?

The GRE® Subject Tests are designed to measure your knowledge in a particular field of study. They can help you stand out from other applicants by emphasizing your skill level in specific areas.

Biology / Chemistry / Literature in English / Mathematics / Physics / Psychology

Learn what is on the GRE® Subject Tests