GRE Test Dates

By | August 7, 2020

GRE Exam Dates

There are a large number of test centers around the world that offer the GRE and GRE Subject Tests. However, only some test centers offer both paper-based and computer-based trial versions. Interested students have the opportunity to take the test in the following periods:

  • GRE paper version: three times a year in February, October and November
  • GRE computer version: continuous all year round
  • GRE Subject Tests: three times a year in April, September and October

A current list of all test centers and the exam dates offered there can be found on the GRE website.

GRE Test Dates 2020-2021

The GRE Subject Tests are only available in paper-delivered test format. The following table shows recent test dates for GRE Subject Tests.

Test Dates Registration Deadlines Scores Release Dates
09/12/20 08/07/20 10/12/20
10/17/20 09/11/20 11/16/20
04/10/21 03/05/21 05/10/21

Registration for the GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

To register for the GRE, it is first necessary to create a MyGRE account with ETS. There are four different ways to register for the exam outside the USA: online via the MyGRE account, by phone, fax or mail. Registration for the GRE Subject Tests is possible online or by post. Registration should be made a few weeks in advance, although the deadlines may vary.

Costs and payment options

The test fees for the GRE are currently US $ 195. A single GRE subject test costs an additional US $ 150. Payment of the exam fees for the GRE computer version is only possible by credit card. Participants can also pay the fees for the paper version via PayPal or check. However, a US bank account is required to pay by check. The test subjects can pay the fees for the GRE Subject Tests by credit card, PayPal, check, UNESCO Coupons or Western Union Quick Pay.

Test Structure of the GRE

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is available in two different formats:

  • Paper version (3 hours and 30 minutes)
  • Computer-based version (3 hours and 45 minutes)

The process of the procedure differs slightly in each case. In both cases, the exam begins with the academic writing part.

Scientific writing

Here are each within thirty minutes two texts to write:

  • Developing an argument with regard to a specific problem
  • Analysis and evaluation of a given argument

The topics are chosen in such a way that they do not require any in-depth specialist knowledge in a particular area. Depending on their individual background knowledge, applicants take on very different perspectives. The order of the other parts of the exam is not fixed and can therefore be slightly different for each test participant.

Linguistic reasoning

This part consists of two sections with multiple choice questions. The paper version has 35 minutes for this, while the computer-based version only has 30 minutes. The paper version contains 25 questions per section, the computer version 20. There are three question types:

  • Questions about text passages
  • Text completion questions
  • Questions about the equivalence of statements

Math thinking

This part is structured in a similar way to the part on linguistic reasoning: Here, too, there are two sections with multiple-choice questions of 40 minutes each (paper version) and 35 minutes (computer version). Again, the paper version contains five more questions than the computer-based version.

The questions cover the areas of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis. With the computer version of the test, participants can use the pocket calculator integrated in the PC. Test subjects who complete the paper version receive a calculator on site. They are not allowed to use their own devices.

More detailed information on the individual parts of the exam is available on the official GRE website.

GRE Test Dates