Graduate Record Examination
In addition to the GRE general test,
some graduate schools or fellowship committees may require you to
take additional GRE Subject Tests. It is required mainly for
Doctoral Study in the US and is also required by some universities
for Masters Level programs. Lots of Admission or fellowship panels
regard the GRE score as the yardstick not only to supplement the
undergraduate records but also to measure and evaluate the grades
and Recommendations. Thus the hunt for a common standard for many
ends in the GRE score. The GRE Subject tests are meant to assess
your qualification in a specific field of study.
Question: Do I really need the GRE General scores if I have the
GRE Subject Test score?
Answer: Yes, the general GRE scores are must.
Question: Is the GRE subject test score required or simply
Answer: In the past there have been circumstances where we've
admitted graduate students who have not taken the GRE subject
test. However, these are rare exceptions and decisions on such
students are delayed. If you want your application to be
considered promptly, you should arrange to take the GRE subject
GRE Subject Tests are designed to help graduate school admission
committees and fellowship sponsors assess the qualifications of
applicants in specific fields of study. The tests also provide
students with an assessment of their own qualifications.
It is required mainly for Doctoral Study in the US and is also
required by some universities for Masters Level programs.
Scores on the tests are
intended to indicate students' knowledge of the subject matter
emphasized in many undergraduate programs as preparation for
graduate study. Since past achievement is usually a good indicator
of future performance, the scores are helpful in predicting
students' success in graduate study. Because the tests are
standardized, the test scores permit comparison of students from
different institutions with different undergraduate programs. For
some Subject Tests, sub scores are provided in addition to the
total score; these sub scores indicate the strengths and weaknesses
of individual student's preparation, and they may help students
plan their future studies.
These two hour and 50 minute tests are supposed to demonstrate
students' knowledge of particular subjects stressed in many
undergraduate programs as preparation for graduate study. Because
they identify areas of weakness, students should attempt to use
the GRE subject test scores to help plan their future studies.
Why subject GRE®
MS courses in and computer science, biological sciences and pure
sciences. It is recommended that you take the subject GRE®
test also known as the Advanced GRE® test or the AGRE®
test . A good performance in the test proves you have
adequate preparation to enter a graduate program. Moreover the
subject GRE® test score may be an added advantage for
getting financial aid.
Candidates should contact graduate
schools of choice to determine which, if any, of the GRE subject
tests should be taken.
The Scoring Process
In calculating reported scores for traditional paper-and-pencil
tests, the number of questions answered correctly is adjusted
according to the difficulty level of the questions on the test
form. Thus, the same number of correct responses on different test
forms will not necessarily result in the same reported score.
In paper-and-pencil tests, the differences in difficulty among
test forms are relatively small and are adjusted through a process
known as score equating. The number of questions answered is also
figured into the calculation of the reported score because it
limits the number that can be answered correctly.
Scoring of the Subject Tests is a two-step process.
* First, a raw score is computed. The raw score is the number of
questions you answered correctly minus one-fourth the number of
questions you answered incorrectly.
* The raw score is then converted to a scaled score through a
process known as equating that accounts for differences in
difficulty among the different test editions. Thus, a given scaled
score reflects approximately the same level of ability regardless
of the edition of the test that was taken.
Subject Test Score Scales
One total score is reported on a 200-990 score scale, in 10-point
increments, although the score range for any particular Subject
Test is usually smaller.
Subscores are reported for the Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular
Biology; Biology; and Psychology Tests on a 20-99 score scale, in
1-point increments, although the range for any particular Subject
Test subscore is usually smaller.
Subject Tests are
currently available in 8 disciplines.
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Literature in English
Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
Subject Test Fees
(effective July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007)
U.S., U.S. Territories*, and
All Other Locations
Samoa, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands only
When you register for a Subject Test, you will be
sent a free
Subject Test Practice Book that describes the test in detail.
The book also includes test-taking strategies, content
specifications, a full-length test and answer key, and information
to help you understand the scores you earn. You can
download these free practice books now.
The GRE subject tests are given at paper-based centers three times
a year: November, December, and April.
The completed application form has to be sent to ETS (The test
conducting authority) in USA along with the required fee by the
dates mentioned above.
Register for the Subject GRE through ETS (Educational
Testing Service). If you miss the registration deadline, you may
still report to the testing location on the test date and try to
get a seat as a "stand-by."
Salman Ali Asks:
Question about Subject GRE
Hey people I am in second year biotechnology, so which for GRE
test I should appear GENERAL GRE or Subject GRE ?
>> General GRE is must. You need to take Subject GRE, if it is
asked by particular university where you wish to apply or you want
to show more credibility towards your admission.