Graduate Record Examination

Graduate Record Examination

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE®) is a standardized test that is taken by many students interested in postgraduate courses in the United States. Educational Testing Services (ETS) will send your scores to whichever school(s) you request. You are allowed to send up to four reports for free, however you must know the name of the schools and the specific departmental code where scores should be sent at the time of your test in order to send these reports through the ETS system. There is a fee for additional test scores to be sent.

The GRE® has two examinations: The General Test & The Subject Test. The GRE® revised General Test consists three main portions: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning. It is offered as a computer-based test and takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete.  

  • Analytical Writing measures the test taker’s critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically the ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively. This portion will require two essays to be written within a total of 60 minutes. There will be 30 minutes to write the “Issue” essay and 30 minutes to write the “Argument” essay.  
  • Verbal Reasoning measures the test taker’s ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it. Verbal Reasoning also analyzes the relationships among component parts of sentences and recognizes relationships among words and concepts. It is broken up into two 30-minute sections of approximately 20 questions each.
  • Quantitative Reasoning measures the test taker’s problem-solving abilities using basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis. It is broken up into two 35-minute sections of approximately 20 questions each.

Those who wish to take the GRE® Subject Test can focus in the following areas: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. Most AuD programs will not require the GRE® Subject Test, however, it’s recommended that you check each program’s specific admission requirements.

When is the best time to take the GRE®?
There is no strict guideline or recommendation of when the GRE® should be completed. The scores are needed when applying to graduate school, so you will need to allow for time to take the test and receive the scores. It would be ideal to take the GRE® during the summer or early fall. This will allow for additional time to retake the exam if you are not satisfied with your score. You may take the computer-delivered GRE® once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period. You may take the paper-delivered GRE® as often as it is offered. Test scores are valid for five years after your test administration date.

How can I sign up to take the exam?
Visit for information about test centers, test dates, and information on how to prepare for the exam.

How do I send my scores?
On the day of the exam, you may choose to indicate up to four graduate institutions to send your score report without additional cost. After the exam date, you may order additional score reports for a fee per report. Visit for further information on ordering score reports and fees. Each graduate institution and/or centralized application has a unique GRE® Institution Code. Visit each institution’s application requirements for Institution Codes and score reporting requirements.

ETS. (2017). “The GRE Tests.” Educational Testing Service.