The original purpose for creating the GRE® General Test 70 years ago was to have an objective lens through which all applicants could be considered and compared, regardless of their varied backgrounds. Since then, the graduate and professional school community has trusted GRE® test scores as a proven measure of applicants' readiness for graduate-level work — and of their potential for success. The GRE General Test is the most widely administered graduate and professional admissions test, and thousands of institutions around the world accept GRE scores.
GRE scores are used by admissions and fellowship panels to supplement undergraduate records, including grades and recommendations, and other qualifications for graduate-level study. Depending on their intentions and institutional requirements, GRE test takers can take the GRE General Test and/or a GRE® Subject Test.
The GRE Board consists of 18 graduate deans and faculty leaders from institutions across the United States and Canada, and is affiliated with the Association of Graduate Schools (AGS) and the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). The Board establishes all policies for the GRE program, and its members collaborate with ETS staff on special committees for program services, research, and diversity and inclusion.
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- How does ETS support graduate and professional schools?
Institutions that receive GRE scores have free access to the ETS® Data Manager, a convenient online portal for score reporting and more. The GRE® Search Service, our cost-effective recruiting service, enhances your student outreach efforts. ETS also provides advice on designing validation studies at no charge.
- Who can I contact to get the additional information I need before deciding to become a GRE score user?
You can contact the GRE Program by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-609-683-2002.
- Does ETS provide accommodations for test takers with disabilities or health-related needs?
ETS leads the industry in testing accommodations. For the computer-delivered GRE General Test, these accommodations include extended time/breaks, screen magnification, selectable colors, JAWS® screen reader and refreshable braille. The test is also offered in a variety of forms, including braille, large print and computer voiced. Learn more.
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