Expand your applicant pool with the GRE® General Test



When you accept GRE® scores for your master’s, MBA or doctoral programs, you have access to a bigger, more diversified pool of highly qualified applicants. That’s because more than half a million individuals worldwide take the GRE® General Test each year.

With more than 4,000 institutions around the world accepting GRE® scores, including 1,000 institutions outside of the United States and nearly 1,300 business schools, the GRE® General Test is the most widely administered graduate admissions test worldwide. The GRE® General Test:

  • measures skills considered essential to graduate school success by faculty and graduate deans
  • provides institutions with a common measure for comparing applicants with differing educational and cultural backgrounds
  • provides a valid predictor of first-year academic success
  • provides admission officers with independent information to complement the evaluation of undergraduate grades and letters of recommendation

What does the GRE® General Test measure?

The GRE® General Test provides a reliable measure of the skills needed in today’s demanding graduate and business school programs. Developed by ETS, the GRE® General Test is backed by extensive research and measures the skills valued by graduate and business schools worldwide including:

Verbal Reasoning – Assesses the ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences, and recognize relationships among words and concepts.

Quantitative Reasoning – Assesses problem-solving ability using basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.

Analytical Writing – Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically the test taker’s ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively.

ETS also offers GRE® Subject Tests in the following disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology. The Subject Tests measure achievement in these fields of study to help programs evaluate applicants’ readiness for graduate school.

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How can I receive GRE®scores?

First apply online. All institutions that award graduate degrees, and non-degree-granting organizations that award graduate fellowships, are qualified to become score users. Once your application is approved, your institution will be assigned a designated institution (DI) code and students can start sending scores to your institution.

As a score user, you will have access to the free ETS Data Manager – an online portal for score information, test-taker data and reporting – placing information at your fingertips.

Become a GRE® score user

How can I attract students to my school?

As a score recipient, you will have the opportunity to access the paid GRE® Search Service to help your institution recruit candidates. The GRE®Search Service gives you the power to cost-effectively reach prospective applicants who have demonstrated graduate-level readiness through their GRE® test performance. Choose from more than 30 search options, some with hundreds of sub-level criteria to help you more precisely target campaigns and meet your specific recruitment goals.

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How do I get more information?

For more information about GRE® tests and services, email a GRE® advisor.