Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Before being admitted into graduate school, you will usually have to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  This exam is similar to the SAT or ACT taken for admission into college. There are two types of GRE tests, general and subject. The general test is taken by students in any major who plan to go to graduate school. The subject test is specific to your major or particular subject. For example, there is a GRE Subject Test in Mathematics. Many universities will require your general GRE scores for admission to their graduate program. Some schools also require a subject test. It is suggested that this test be taken during the fall of your senior year while the material is still fresh in your mind. While the general test is offered throughout the year, the subject test is offered only a few times each year, so plan ahead. For example, during 2016-2017, the GRE subject tests are only offered in September, October, and April.

In preparation for the GRE, you should at least take a sample test or two, available at the GRE website.  There you can also find other free test preparation materials.  In addition, it might help to work through a study guide (available, for example, from the UM Bookstore).

You can take the GRE tests at UM’s Testing Center in Lommasson Center 154; you may want to look at their GRE FAQ.