The GRE® Subject Tests
The GRE® Subject Tests measure achievement in a particular field of study and help departments evaluate applicants’ readiness for graduate school.
Carefully developed by committees of examiners with expertise in particular disciplines, each GRE Subject Test measures content taught in undergraduate programs that is important for graduate study in that discipline. The tests are intended for individuals who have an undergraduate major or extensive background in the field. These paper-based tests are offered three times per year (October 13, 2012, November 10, 2012, and April 20, 2013) in the eight subject areas described below:
The test consists of approximately 180 multiple-choice questions. The content of the test is organized into three subscore areas: Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Molecular Biology and Genetics.
The test consists of approximately 200 multiple-choice questions. The content of the test is organized into three subscore areas: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Organismal Biology and Ecology and Evolution.
The test consists of approximately 130 multiple-choice questions. The content of the test emphasizes the four fields into which chemistry traditionally has been divided: Analytical, Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry.
The test consists of approximately 70 multiple-choice questions, covering the following categories: Software Systems and Methodology, Computer Organization and Architecture, Theory and Mathematical Background and other topics.
Note: Over the past several years, the number of individuals taking the GRE Computer Science Test has declined significantly. Test volume will soon reach a point where ETS can no longer support the test psychometrically. As a result, the GRE Program has decided to discontinue the GRE Computer Science Test. The test will be offered for the last time in April 2013. Scores will be reportable for five years. All other GRE Subject Tests will continue to be administered. Read the letter sent to institutions.
Each edition of the test consists of approximately 230 multiple-choice questions organized into four major areas: Literary Analysis, Identification, Cultural and Historical Contexts and History and Theory of Literary Criticism.
The test consists of approximately 66 multiple-choice questions drawn from Calculus, Algebra and additional topics.
The test consists of approximately 100 multiple-choice questions covering Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Optics and Wave Phenomena, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Atomic Physics, Special Relativity, Laboratory Methods and Specialized Topics.
Most editions of the test consist of approximately 205 multiple-choice questions covering Experimental, Social and General Psychology topics.
GRE Subject Test Information
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