About the GRE® Tests

You may notice that the GRE® revised General Test has been shortened to the GRE® General Test. Nothing else has changed, just the name.

Keep in mind that it may take some time to see this name change everywhere, including on the advisor kit and test preparation materials. Some research and reference documents may even permanently refer to "revised" but rest assured that

GRE General Test = GRE revised General Test.

It's that simple.

For more than 65 years, the graduate and business 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 number of schools around the world using GRE tests today is at an all-time high, and GRE scores provide them with an objective and common measure for evaluating and comparing the qualifications of applicants with differing educational and cultural backgrounds.

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 General Test

To succeed in graduate or business school, applicants must have the skills that are essential at the graduate level. The GRE General Test can help you make the best admissions decisions by identifying the candidates with the proven skills to succeed. The world's most widely administered graduate-level admissions test assesses those skills that graduate and business schools value — verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing — skills that are not limited to any specific field of study, but are important for all.

Learn more about the GRE General Test.

The GRE Subject Tests

The GRE Subject Tests gauge undergraduate achievement in specific fields of study and can help predict a candidate's success in graduate school.

Carefully developed by committees of examiners with expertise in particular disciplines, the tests assess knowledge of subject matter emphasized in many undergraduate programs as preparation for graduate study. Each Subject Test is intended for students who have majored in or have extensive background in that specific area.

Learn more about the GRE Subject Tests.

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