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What to Expect While Taking a GRE® Subject Test

The GRE® Subject Tests have a total testing time of 2 hours and 50 minutes. There are no separately timed sections, so you may work straight through the test at your own pace. You will record your answers on a separate multiple-choice answer sheet. Mark only one answer for each question.

You are free to skip questions that you might have difficulty answering and come back to them later during the time provided. You may change the answer to any question you recorded on the answer sheet by erasing it completely and then filling in the oval corresponding to your desired answer.

You may use your test book to work out your answers, but you must mark all your answers on the separate answer sheet before time is called. No credit will be given for any answers recorded in your test book.

Your score will be determined by the number of questions you answer correctly. Questions you answer incorrectly or for which you mark no answer or more than one answer are counted as incorrect. Nothing is subtracted from a score if you answer a question incorrectly. Therefore, to maximize your score, it is better for you to guess at an answer than not to respond at all.

Cancelling Your Scores

At the end of the test, you will be given the option to cancel your scores. Although you have the option to cancel your scores, consider very carefully before doing so because the score reporting choices available with the ScoreSelect® option allow you to report only the scores that you feel reflect your personal best. Your scores will be reported to GRE score recipients only at your request. If you cancel your scores, they will NOT be available for your review online or be reported to any score recipients. No refund will be made. Canceled scores are not added to your reportable history. If you wish to take the test again, you must reregister and submit another test payment.

Reporting Suspicious Behavior

ETS takes test security very seriously. Although GRE tests are administered under strict supervision and security measures, testing irregularities may sometimes occur. Please contact ETS as soon as possible to report any irregular 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 before the exam, or using notes or unauthorized aids. All information will be held in strictest confidence. Reports of cheating or fraud will be investigated thoroughly and offenders may be prosecuted to the full extent of the applicable laws.

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