- Who accepts GRE® Subject Tests?
- GRE Subject Test scores are accepted by thousands of graduate schools, including individual departments or divisions within these schools. Although the scores may not be a requirement for admission to a particular program, admissions committees are likely to consider the scores if they are submitted. It's best to contact the admissions office or department you're interested in and see exactly what they're looking for.
- Why is it a good idea to take a GRE Subject Test?
- Taking a GRE Subject Test tests your knowledge of specific subjects and can help you stand out from other applicants. If you're majoring in — or have extensive background in — a specific area, you might want to take a Subject Test in addition to the GRE General Test. Subject Tests are a great way to distinguish yourself.
- What is the price of a GRE Subject Test?
- The GRE Subject Test fee is US$150 worldwide. See the fees section for detailed pricing and fee reduction information.
- What Subject Tests are offered?
- There are six Subject Tests.
- Literature in English
- How do I register for a GRE Subject Test?
- You can register for a GRE Subject Test online or by mail. For details, see Register for a Subject Test.
- Is the registration deadline a postmark date or a receipt date at ETS?
- All deadlines are receipt dates at ETS.
- How do I correct errors on my confirmation email or change my score recipients?
- You may make your correction by contacting GRE Services. Your request must be received no later than the Friday before the test date for which you are registered.
- How can I prepare for a GRE Subject Test?
- You can download a free practice book for the specific Subject Test you plan to take. Each book includes one actual Subject Test and answer key, test-taking strategies and information to help you understand the scoring.
- When are the GRE Subject Tests offered?
- The Subject Tests are offered in September, October and April. See Test Centers and Dates and the Test Center List.
- What do I need to take to the test center?
- Take your confirmation email, your valid photo Identification (ID), three or four sharpened No. 2 or HB pencils and a good eraser. Mechanical pencils and pens are not permitted. Personal calculators are not permitted.
- What if I've lost my ID (driver's license, passport, etc.)?
- You will not be admitted to test without a valid photo ID.
- How much time should I plan to be at the test center?
- Plan to be at the test center up to three-and-a-half hours. Report to the test center no later than 8:30 a.m. If you arrive late, you might not be admitted and your test fee will be forfeited.
- What if I observe suspicious behavior at the testing site?
- Please contact ETS as soon as possible to report any observed suspicious behavior that may lead to an invalid score — for example, someone copying from another test taker, taking a test for someone else, having access to test questions or answers before the test or using notes or unauthorized aids. All information is held in strictest confidence.
Phone: 1-800-353-8570 (United States, U.S. Territories and Canada)
Fax: 1-609-406-9709 Email: TSReturns@ets.org
- How are the Subject Tests scored?
Beginning in the 2017–18 testing year (July 1–June 30), your raw score will be determined by the number of questions you answer correctly. Questions you answer incorrectly or for which you mark no answer or more than one answer are counted as incorrect. Nothing is subtracted from a score if you answer a question incorrectly.
Your raw score is then converted to a scaled score through a process known as equating. The equating process accounts for minor variations in difficulty among the different test editions. Thus, a given scaled score reflects approximately the same level of ability regardless of the edition of the test that was taken; the same number of correct responses on different test forms will not necessarily result in the same scaled score.
For more information, see How the Tests are Scored.
- How do I send my scores to an institution?
- Your test fee entitles you to request that scores be sent to up to four graduate institutions or fellowship sponsors. With the ScoreSelect® option, you can decide which test scores to send to the institutions you designate, so you can send the scores you feel show your personal best, giving you more confidence on test day. When you register for a GRE Subject Test, you will be asked to designate which score recipients you want to receive your scores. You can also designate score recipients by contacting GRE Services prior to test day. After test day, you can order Additional Score Reports for a fee of US$27 per recipient. See Sending your Scores.
- What scores are reported?
- For each test that you take, you will receive a total score on a 200–990 score scale, in 10-point increments. The Biology and Psychology Tests also yield subscores on a 20–99 score scale, in one-point increments.
- When are Subject Test scores reported?
- Score reports will be mailed to score recipients approximately five weeks after the Subject Test date. You will receive an email notification from ETS that your official scores are available in your ETS Account and that official score reports have been sent to your designated score recipients. Visit your ETS Account to view your scores. If you wish to have a paper copy of your official Test-taker Score Report, you may use the online functionality in your ETS Account to print a copy of your official score report. For more information, see Getting Your Scores.
- How does the GRE Program recommend that departments use my scores on the GRE Subject Tests?
- The GRE Board has developed Score Use Guidelines that summarize the considerations for appropriate use of GRE test scores.
- How do I order additional score reports?
- You can order additional score reports online, by mail or by fax. See Ordering Additional Score Reports for more information on the score reporting options available for each ordering method.
- Can I view scores online?
- Yes. Approximately five weeks after your Subject Test date you will receive an email notification from ETS that your official scores are available in your ETS Account and that official score reports have been sent to your designated score recipients. Visit your ETS Account to view your scores. If you wish to have a paper copy of your official Test-taker Score Report, you may use the new print functionality in your ETS Account to print a copy of your official score report. For more information, see Getting Your Scores.
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