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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the GRE Subject tests?

The GRE Subject Tests can help you stand out from other graduate school 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:

  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology


When are the tests given?

The Subject Tests are given three times each year, at paper-based test centers. Two administrations are scheduled in the fall and one is scheduled in the spring.


How long must I register in advance?

The registration date for GRE Subject tests is typically 5 weeks before the test date and can be found here: Late registration dates are typically one month before the test date (fees apply). You’ll need to create a My GRE account at in order to register for a GRE Subject test date. Standby testing may be allowed at some centers on a first come, first serve basis and only if there is space available. Click this link and scroll to the bottom of the page for information on standby testing. You must come to the test center with a full completed registration form and all applicable payments in order to be considered for standby testing.


How much does the GRE Subject cost?

Registration for the GRE Subject costs $150.00. Other fees may apply, such as late registration for the test or the standby testing fee.


Where can I find study materials for GRE Subject tests?

Test takers can find helpful information about studying for GRE Subject tests at


When do I get my scores?

Scores are available online approximately six weeks after the test date. You can view your scores by accessing your My GRE Account here:


How many institutions can I send my scores to?

You can send your scores to up to four recipients for free. You will select these institutions during registration or on your admission ticket correction stub. After that, each score report will cost $25.00.