About the GRE Subject Test

The Subject Tests gauge undergraduate achievement in eight specific fields of study and is often required for admission into a master’s degree program. GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement undergraduate records, letters of recommendation and other qualifications for graduate study.

The scores provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants and aid in the evaluation of grades and recommendations. Some Subject Tests yield subscores that can indicate the strengths and weaknesses in an individual student’s preparation and may also be useful for guidance and placement purposes. 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.

Who takes GRE Subject Tests?

Prospective graduate school applicants take the Subject Tests. GRE Subject Test scores are accepted by thousands of graduate schools, including individual departments or divisions within these schools. It's best to contact the admissions office or department you're interested in and see exactly what they're looking for. The test is a paper pencil format.

When can I take GRE Subject Tests?

You can take it in April, September and October  of a year. Please visit www.ets.org for more details.

How much do the tests cost and how are they scored?

The fees is $150 and Subject Test scores range from 200 to 990.

What are the various subject tests offered?

  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

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