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About the GRE Subject Test

The GRE® Subject Tests are tests which measure your specialized knowledge in a particular field of study. The GRE Subject Test scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate records, letters of recommendation and other qualifications for graduate study.

Taking the GRE Subject Test will help you stand out from other applicants by way of your knowledge and skill level in a particular field of study. The Biology and the Psychology tests yield subscores that can indicate the strengths and weaknesses of an individual student’s preparation. The subscores can also be used for guidance and placement purposes.

The test is of paper-pencil format.

Who takes GRE Subject Tests and who accepts them?

  • The GRE Subject Tests are taken by prospective graduate school applicants who want to showcase their specialized knowledge in a specific area of study. GRE Subject Test scores are accepted by thousands of graduate schools. It is recommended that you contact the university admissions office or department you are interested in and see exactly what they are looking for.

What are the various subject tests offered?

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

When can I take GRE Subject Tests?

  • In India, the GRE subject tests can be taken in the month of October only. Please visit the ETS website for more details.

How much do the tests cost?

  • The fee is $150. The late registration fee (online registration only) is $25.

How are the tests scored?

  • Each GRE Subject Test yields a total score on a 200–990 score scale, in 10-point increments. Subscores are reported for the Biology and Psychology Tests on a scale of 20–99, in one-point increments.

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