Are you thinking of entering graduate school in the near future? If so, there’s a very high chance you’ll need to take the GRE. This test is a strict requirement for nearly every doctorate and graduate academic program offered in the United States. Almost every university in the country expects to see your GRE scores as part of your application.
While the test is generally offered via the use of a computer system, some sites only offer hard copies of the exam. Be sure to check with your chosen testing site, if only for the sake of knowing which tools you should or should not bring on test day.
The GRE’s availability depends on the format you’re taking. You can only sign up to take the paper test during the months of February, October, and November. The computerized version of the exam is more frequently available, but exact dates depend upon the location you choose. Like most other national standardized exams, you’ll be expected to pay a fee upon registration. The cost to take the GRE is $205.
The GRE is designed to last for exactly three hours and 45 minutes, with one break coming at the halfway mark (for 10 minutes) and additional micro-breaks coming after every section of the exam (for one minute per section). The exam features six sections total. The majority of the test is multiple choice; however, you’ll also have to answer two essay prompts.