Frequently Asked Questions about the GRE
What is the GRE?
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a test required for most graduate level applications (for example, master’s / PhD programs) in fields other than business, law, and medicine. It measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing skills.
Why do I need to take the GRE?
The importance of the GRE for admission to graduate school cannot be stressed enough. Many graduate schools and programs require a GRE test score for admission into their program. Many use GRE scores to evaluate whether or not you will be admitted into the program and whether or not you will receive additional funding, fellowships, or scholarships.
When should I take the GRE?
If you are planning to apply for graduate school during your senior year of college, you should plan to take your GRE test at the end of your junior year or very beginning of your senior year, a few months prior to applying to graduate schools.
If you are planning to take a year or more off of school prior to applying for graduate school, it is still recommended for you to complete the GRE test sometime during your senior year of college, before you graduate.
How can I prepare for the GRE?
There are many books, on-line test preparation websites, and classes that can assist you in preparing for the GRE. Check out the following websites for more information:
Where can I take the GRE?
There are many locations around the state, country, and world, but you are able to take the GRE at Ohio State's Testing Center on Columbus campus:
281 W. Lane Ave, 585 Student Academic Services Building, Columbus, Ohio 43210 (614) 292 - 2241
How do I register for the GRE?
For the most current information on the GRE test, including registration information, check out the GRE website.
When will I be notified of my scores on the GRE?
If you take the computer-based GRE test, then you will be able to view your unofficial verbal and quantitative test scores before leaving the facility the day of the test. Since the analytical writing section is not computer-scored, those test scores will be sent to you and the institutions to which you have designated within ten to fifteen days of taking the test.
If you take the paper administered GRE subject test, then your scores will be sent to you and the institutions to which you have designated via mail within six weeks of taking the test.