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Frequently Asked Questions About the GRE® Subject Tests

General Information

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 four Subject Tests.
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

For details, visit Test Content and Structure.

Test Registration

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.

Test Preparation

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.

Test Administration

When are the GRE Subject Tests offered?
The Subject Tests are offered in September, October and April. See Test Centers and Dates.
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 or am aware of suspicious behavior at the testing site?
Please contact ETS as soon as possible to report any suspicious behavior that is observed or reported to you — 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. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada)
1-609-406-5430
Fax: 1-609-406-9709
Email: TSReturns@ets.org

Scores

How are the Subject Tests scored?

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 Physics 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 Score Use Guidelines 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.