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GRE information

Many graduate programs require students to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE is administered by the same organization that runs the SAT, AP, TOEFL and many other exams. There are two types of GRE tests: a "General" test and a "Subject" test.

General Test

Basic information

The General test consists of three sections: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. The test is currently offered in a computer-based format on the U of A campus and appointments are typically available several days each week. For more information on fees, ID requirements, etc. or to schedule an appointment to take the GRE General test, please see the Testing Office website.

Preparing for the test

The Math Center Undergraduate Library in Math 220 has a few GRE prep books donated by past students; to check one out, please enter the appropriate information in the log in rm 220.

GRE test-preparation courses are available through the Graduate College or through The Think Tank; however, it is recommended that you try a practice exam before registering for one of these courses, since some students score very well on the GRE General test and do not need to pay for a class. Free practice materials are available: you can download a PDF containing one full-length paper-based General practice test or you can download PowerPrep software which includes two computer-based General practice tests (since the computer tests are adaptive, this software is recommended for anyone taking the computer-based GRE, as offered through the U of A Testing Office). To download either format, please see the ETS website. The U of A Testing Office also administers the PowerPrep practice exam; a fee is charged for this service.

Subject Test

Basic information

A GRE Subject test in mathematics is also available, and can help a graduate school applicant stand out amid a group of students with high Quantitative Reasoning scores on the General test. Many graduate programs do not require the GRE Subject test, but be sure to check with schools you are interested in to find out if it is recommended or required. The Subject test in mathematics covers Algebra (elementary algebra, linear algebra, abstract algebra), Calculus (differential, integral, multivariable, applications and connections between calculus and topics like trig, coordinate geometry and differential equations), and other topics (real analysis, topology, discrete mathematics, geometry, complex variables, probability & statistics).

Test format, preparation & registration

The GRE Subject tests are administered on paper only, and are available on a very limited basis - they are typically offered three times per year (in October, November and April). More information about registration for the GRE Subject test is available through the Testing Office website and through ETS. Practice materials for the GRE Subject test in mathematics can be downloaded from ETS.

The Math Center Undergraduate Library in Math 220 has a few GRE prep books donated by past students; to check one out, please enter the appropriate information in the log in rm 220.

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