What is it?
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is the standardized test most commonly required by graduate school admissions committees. The general test is still available in paper form, but now it is also widely offered on computer. Additionally, you may choose to take a subject test (evaluating more specific knowledge within your particular subject area). Your research and inquiries about graduate programs will tell you which schools require you to take one or both of these tests.
When should you take it?
You may take the general test once per calendar month up to five times in a 12- month period. It is best to first take the test just before beginning your junior year. This allows you plenty of time to evaluate your scores, work on problem areas, and retake the test. The subject test should be taken later, preferably early in the senior year. Performance on the subject test will be much higher, the more ‘foundation’ courses you have completed. All scheduled test dates are on Saturdays. It is also possible to schedule computer-based testing on a first come, first serve basis at University of Memphis. The schedule for paper testing for 2007-2008 is as follows:
General Test Dates
The general test takes approximately 4 hours to complete and consists of three sections: verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing. The analytical writing section is a relatively new addition and is made up of two questions: a 45 minute “Present Your Perspective” question and a 30 minute “Analyze an Argument” question. Test-takers receive a 10 minute break after completing the analytical writing section.
The subject test in psychology takes approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes to complete and consists of 200+ questions from three major areas of psychology: experimental/natural science, social science, and history.GRE Fees