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About the GRE

What is the GRE?

Short for the Graduate Record Examination, the GRE is a standardized test required for admission to many graduate and business schools around the world. While not required by every graduate program, the GRE is the most broadly accepted exam for graduate schools and can be a significant factor in admissions decisions.

The GRE is given in both computer-based and paper-based formats (outside the United States where computer testing centers are not available). Computer-based tests can be taken at testing centers around the world. For the computer-based test, students can register to take the test during most weekdays and can select both the date and time of their appointment. The paper-based test is offered up to three times a year.

What’s tested on the GRE?

The GRE is designed to test your knowledge of skills required for success in graduate or business schools. The six-section test takes approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete and measures analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills. A detailed discussion of the test can be viewed here.

Who administers the test?

The GRE is administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), a private nonprofit testing and assessment organization. In addition to the GRE, ETS also administers several other standardized and assessment tests including the TOEFL and PRAXIS. ETS is also affiliated with The College Board, which administers the SAT.

Which schools accept the GRE for admissions?

A complete list of graduate and business schools that accept the GRE can be viewed here. The list of MBA programs that accept the GRE for admission can be viewed here. Be sure to contact your schools of interest for more about their specific requirements.

How do I register to take the GRE?

Registration is handled through ETS and can be completed online or by calling 1-800-473-225.

How much does it cost to take the GRE?

The fee is $205 worldwide. Additional fees can apply for canceling or changing the date. A complete list of fees can be viewed here.

When and where is the GRE administered?

Since the GRE is computer-based, students are able to schedule the GRE year-round at any of the testing centers located worldwide. To find a testing center in your area and to view the testing dates and times available, please click here or call ETS at 1-866-473-4373.

How often can I take the GRE?

Regardless of whether you keep or cancel your score, you can take the GRE only (5) total times within a 12-month timeframe, and you must also wait at least 21 days in between testing dates.

Who can see my GRE score?

You control who sees your score. Included in your registration fee is the option to automatically send your score report to up to (4) schools. Additional score reports can be requested for $25 per recipient.

With ETS’s ScoreSelect feature, on testing day you may choose to report either all your GRE scores or your most recent score. Should you choose to pay for additional score reports after testing day, you can choose to report any of your scores, all of your scores, or your most recent score. Should you choose to select certain scores, still be advised that your entire score will be reported from any selected date (in other words you cannot choose only to report a Quant score from a certain administration).

How long is my score valid for?

Scores are valid for 5 years.

Can I cancel my GRE score?

You do have the option of canceling your score immediately following the test and prior to viewing your results. However, you do not have the option of canceling your score after that point. Should you change your mind about canceling your score, ETS still gives you the option to validate your canceled score within 60 days of testing. More information about policies and fees can be found here.