Show Off Your Full Potential with the GRE

Every aspect of your application is a chance to connect with those reviewing it. By including GRE scores in your application — along with relevant background information and details on your future goals — you can build a bridge to the grad school of your dreams and beyond. Get started by learning more about each section of the test, with test prep and advice available to help you prepare.

Get Acquainted with the GRE General Test

Discover some key things you should know about the GRE.

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What is the GRE for?

The GRE General Test is the world’s most widely used test for admission to graduate, business and law programs.

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Who accepts it?

Thousands of graduate and professional schools accept GRE scores to help them make admissions, scholarship and fellowship decisions.

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What is the test structure?

The test consists of Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections.

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Should I submit scores if they are optional?

Submitting scores helps put you on equal footing with other applicants, boosts your credibility and paints a fuller picture of your potential.

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Where and when can I take it?

The GRE General Test is offered on a continuous basis at hundreds of test centers in 160 countries. You also have the option to test at home.

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How did the test change?

In September 2023, the GRE General Test changed from four hours to two. The skills measured did not change, but the number of questions in each section was reduced. Learn more.

Get more detail about what you need to know about the GRE in this quick guide.

Get Support on Your Grad School Journey

We want you to have the easiest, most successful journey to grad school possible. Use the resources below to simplify your experience.


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Your Graduate Admissions Questions Answered

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Questions About Registration?

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What Other Students are Saying

“I like the fact that I could mark down questions on the GRE test that I was uncertain about, do the ones I know immediately, and then go back.”

Jimmy Zhang

MBA Graduate and GRE Test Taker

“The GRE got me into school .... it offers opportunities to people who may not otherwise be given the opportunity.”

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University of Arizona Law School Graduate and GRE Test Taker

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