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The GRE® Subject Tests

The GRE® Subject Tests measure achievement in a particular field of study and help departments evaluate applicants’ readiness for graduate school.

Carefully developed by committees of examiners with expertise in particular disciplines, each GRE Subject Test measures content taught in undergraduate programs that is important for graduate study in that discipline. The tests are intended for individuals who have an undergraduate major or extensive background in the field. These paper-delivered tests are offered three times per year (September 15, 2018, October 27, 2018, and April 6, 2019) in the six subject areas described below.

Biology

The test consists of approximately 190 multiple-choice questions. The content of the test is organized into three subscore areas: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Organismal Biology and Ecology and Evolution.

Chemistry

The test consists of approximately 130 multiple-choice questions. The content of the test emphasizes the four fields into which chemistry traditionally has been divided: Analytical, Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry.

Literature in English

Each edition of the test consists of approximately 230 multiple-choice questions organized into four major areas: Literary Analysis, Identification, Cultural and Historical Contexts, and History and Theory of Literary Criticism.

Mathematics

The test consists of approximately 66 multiple-choice questions drawn from Calculus, Algebra and additional topics.

Physics

The test consists of approximately 100 multiple-choice questions covering Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Atomic Physics, Optics and Wave Phenomena, Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, Special Relativity, Laboratory Methods and Specialized Topics.

Psychology

The test consists of approximately 205 multiple-choice questions covering Experimental, Social and General Psychology topics. In addition to a total test score, six subscores are reported: Biological, Cognitive, Social, Developmental, Clinical and Measurement/Methodology/Other. The first four subscores (Biological, Cognitive, Social and Developmental) correspond to areas in which the new standards of accreditation require evidence of competence in discipline-specific knowledge, as defined by the American Psychological Association (APA) Commission on Accreditation. Learn more about these enhancements.

GRE Subject Test Information

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