Many aspiring graduate students wonder: should I take the GRE General Test or a GRE Subject Test? I’m writing this article to help answer that question.
GRE General Test
According to the ETS, the GRE General Test “measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study.” Essentially its the baseline test that most graduate schools require. Almost every Masters and PhD program requires the GRE General Test. Schools require this exam because it provides a standard way to compare candidates to each other; in fact, the GRE General Test may be only common measure amongst all applicants.
GRE Subject Tests
You can take the GRE Subject Tests can highlight your strengths in a specific subject area such as Biology, Math or English. To find out if you are required to take a GRE Subject Test, check with the program you are applying to. In most cases the Subject Test is optional but can be used to supplement your application for a specific program. The Subject Test cannot be used to replace the General Test.