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 (September 28, 2013, October 19, 2013, and April 5, 2014) in the seven subject areas described below:

Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology 

The test consists of approximately 170 multiple-choice questions. The content of the test is organized into three subscore areas: Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Biology 

The test consists of approximately 194 multiple-choice questions. The content of the test is organized into three subscore areas: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Organismal Biology and Ecology and Evolution.

Chemistry 

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.

Literature in English 

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.

Mathematics 

The test consists of approximately 66 multiple-choice questions drawn from Calculus, Algebra and additional topics.

Physics 

The test consists of approximately 100 multiple-choice questions covering Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Atomic Physics, Optics and Wave Phenomena, Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, Special Relativity, Laboratory Methods and Specialized Topics.

Psychology 

Most editions of the test consist of approximately 205 multiple-choice questions covering Experimental, Social and General Psychology topics.

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