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GRE General vs. GRE Subject

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.

About the Author

Bhavin Parikh is CEO and co-founder at Magoosh. He completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University in Economics and Computer Science and received his MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Bhavin likes to play frisbee and eat gelato. Follow him on Google+!

One Response to GRE General vs. GRE Subject

  1. Design Ventures January 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

    HI, Thanks . I plan to give my test next month. This helps. Also do you have any reviews on this site ?

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