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GRE Subject Tests

What are the GREĀ® Subject Tests?

Show what you know about a specific subject and graduate schools will take notice. The GRE Subject Tests can help you stand out from other applicants by emphasizing your knowledge and skill level in a specific area. If you're majoring in one of these subjects, you might want to take a Subject Test in addition to the GRE Revised General Test. Subject Tests may not be required by schools, but they're a great way to distinguish yourself and show you're serious about your studies and your future.

Each Subject Test is intended for students who have extensive background in one of these eight disciplines:

Who takes them and why?

Prospective graduate school applicants take the Subject Tests. GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement undergraduate records, letters of recommendation and other qualifications for graduate study.

The scores provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants and aid in the evaluation of grades and recommendations. Some Subject Tests yield subscores that can indicate the strengths and weaknesses in an individual student's preparation and may also be useful for guidance and placement purposes.

Prepare for the GRE Subject Tests 

Free, official test preparation materials for the GREĀ® Subject Tests are available to anyone who registers for the tests worldwide or who visits the GRE website.


Tests administered 3 times per year (twice in the fall and once in the spring)


$150 per test



Disability Related Accommodations

Arrangements for accommodations must be made directly with Educational Testing Services.


Before taking the test, be sure to visit the GRE website for important information from Educational Testing Services.