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If you want to attend graduate school, you will need to take the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). The GRE is a multiple-choice standardized test given by the Educational Testing Service at testing centers throughout the United States and Canada.
Graduate programs will use your GRE test scores to decide if you are ready for graduate-level work. It is accepted at more than 3,200 graduate and business schools. Admissions and fellowship panels use GRE scores to supplement undergraduate records, recommendation letters, and other qualifications for graduate study.
There are two main categories of GRE tests: the GRE general test and GRE subject tests. Some graduate programs may require subject tests for students who have extensive backgrounds in eight areas: biology, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, computer science, literature in English, mathematics, physics, and psychology.
The General GRE test is the one most often used for graduate school entrance, and it has three parts: 1) Analytical Writing, which measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills; 2) Verbal Reasoning, which measures reading comprehension skills and verbal and analogical reasoning skills; and 3) Quantitative Reasoning, which measures a person’s problem-solving abilities, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis.
The GRE test is offered throughout the year. You will want to take the test early in your graduate school application process in order to ensure that your scores will be available before the school’s admissions deadline.
Last Updated: 03/27/2013
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