What to Expect

The GRE® Subject Tests are linear tests with a total testing time of 2 hours and 50 minutes. There are no separately timed sections, so you may work straight through the test at your own pace. You will record your answers on a multiple-choice answer sheet. Mark only one answer for each question.

You are free to skip questions that you might have difficulty answering and come back to them later during the time provided. You may change the answer to any question you recorded on the answer sheet by erasing it completely and then filling in the oval corresponding to your desired answer.

You may use your test book to work out your answers, but you must mark all your answers on the separate answer sheet before time is called. No credit will be given for any answers recorded in your test book.

Your score will be determined by subtracting one-fourth the number of incorrect answers from the number of correct answers. It is unlikely that pure guessing will raise your score; it may lower it. However, if you have some knowledge of a question and are able to rule out one or more of the answer choices as incorrect, your chances of selecting the correct answer are improved, and answering such questions will likely improve your score.

At the end of the test, you will be given the option to cancel your scores.

Reporting Suspicious Behavior

ETS takes test security very seriously. Although GRE tests are administered under strict supervision and security measures, testing irregularities may sometimes occur. Please contact ETS as soon as possible to report any observed irregular behavior — for example, someone copying from another test taker, taking a test for someone else, having access to test questions before the exam, or using notes or unauthorized aids. All information will be held in strictest confidence. Reports of cheating or fraud will be investigated thoroughly and offenders may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Email:
TSReturns@ets.org
Phone:
1-609-406-5430
1-800-353-8570 (United States, U.S. Territories and Canada)
Fax:
1-609-406-9709

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