Expand your applicant pool with the GRE® General Test

When you accept GRE® scores for your master's, MBA or doctoral programs, you have access to a bigger, more diversified pool of highly qualified applicants. That's because more than a half million individuals worldwide take the GRE® General Test each year.

With more than 4,000 institutions around the world accepting GRE® scores, including 1,000 institutions outside of the United States and nearly 1,300 business schools, the GRE® General Test is the most widely administered graduate admissions test worldwide. The GRE® General Test:

  • measures skills considered essential to graduate school success by faculty and graduate deans
  • provides institutions with a common measure for comparing applicants with differing educational and cultural backgrounds
  • provides a valid predictor for first-year academic success
  • provides admission officers with independent information to complement the evaluation of undergraduate grades and letters of recommendation

What does the GRE® General Test measure?

The GRE® General Test provides a reliable measure of the skills needed in today's demanding graduate and business school programs. Developed by ETS, the GRE® General Test is backed by extensive research and measures the skills valued by graduate and business schools worldwide including:

  • Verbal Reasoning - Assesses the ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences, and recognize relationships among words and concepts.
  • Quantitative Reasoning - Assesses problem-solving ability using basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
  • Analytical Writing - Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically the test taker's ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively.

ETS also offers GRE® Subject Tests in the following disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology. The Subject Tests measure achievement in these fields of study to help programs evaluate applicants' readiness for graduate school.

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How can I receive GRE® scores?

First apply online. All institutions that award graduate degrees, and non-degree-granting organizations that award graduate fellowships, are qualified to become score users. Once your application is approved, your institution will be assigned a designated institution (DI) code and students can start sending scores to your institution.

As a score user, you will have access to the free ETS Data Manager - an online portal for score information, test-taker data and reporting - placing information at your fingertips.

Become a GRE® score user

How can I attract students to my school?

As a score recipient, you will have the opportunity to access the paid GRE® Search Service to help your institution recruit candidates. The GRE® Search Service gives you the power to cost effectively reach prospective applicants who have demonstrated graduate-level readiness through their GRE® test performance. Choose from more than 30 search options, some with hundreds of sub-level criteria to help you more precisely target campaigns and meet your specific recruitment goals.

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How do I get more information?

For more information about GRE® tests and services, email a GRE® advisor.