Surviving the GRE

By Gabrielle Stamile

If you are a junior or senior, you are probably signing up or studying for the GRE. The GRE is a Graduate Record Exam. Although not all graduate programs require GRE test scores, many do.

Most schools require the general GRE. The general GRE is mostly done online at test centers, and can be taken multiple times. Others may also require a subject GRE exam. The subject GRE exams are only available three times a year in September, October and April; they are paper exams.

The subject exams include Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology. The GRE general exam costs $205, and the subject exams cost $150 each. For more information about GRE exams, visit For fast facts, visit

When choosing the graduate schools you want to apply to, make sure to check if the schools want or require the GRE. If they do, make sure to sign up for the GRE way before the graduate school application deadlines. The computer general GRE exam scores take about 10 to 15 days after the exam date to be sent to the test-taker and the graduate schools. The subject GRE exam scores take about five weeks to be sent out. So, if you are planning to take an exam more than once, make sure you give yourself plenty of time.

Now that you have signed up, you are going to have to study. Some of your friends may know good ways to study, and there are multiple. There are GRE practice books by Kaplan, as well as live courses online. For more information, visit The GRE practice books can be purchased on Amazon, and there are books for the general and some subject tests. The books offer helpful information about the tests, studying tips and at least one practice exam.

There are also apps to help with studying, if you are on the go. Some are free, such as the Magoosh vocabulary flashcards app. Varsity Tutors has apps for the general and some subject GREs. Varsity Tutors allows you to Facetime with a tutor of your choice. If you do not want a live video tutor, the app also offers flashcards of concepts, a question of the day, and a practice test. Be sure to look up the details of each app before installing.

Although this can be overwhelming, try to make flashcards and study with friends to make studying a little easier. Remember to relax, and good luck!


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