GRE Subject Test- All You Need to Know!

GRE Subject Test
The Graduate Record Examination(GRE) has two types of tests: GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test. The Subject test is taken by students who wish to show their competency in a particular field of subject and want to gain admission into graduate or doctoral programs. The test helps the applicant to stand out from others by emphasizing on the core subject knowledge in a specific branch of education.

The subject test is available in the following six disciplines:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

GRE Subject Test Fee

The GRE Subject test is available only in the paper-based mode. Therefore, it is offered just three times a year. The cost of the exam is US $150 which comes to approximately INR. 11000 in terms of Indian Rupees.

GRE Subject Test Dates

The GRE Subject Test is a paper-delivered test, and one can take this test in paper delivered centers worldwide up to three times out of twelve months:

  • April
  • October
  • September

GRE Subject Test duration & Score Validity

The GRE Subject test is a multiple-choice test which lasts for two hours and 30 minutes, it has no time-limited sections. The GRE Subject Test is scored between 200-900 marks with 10 mark increments for correct answers. The score will be delivered within five to six weeks after the exam is written. The score will be valid for the next five years.

GRE Subject Test Syllabus

Biology

There are a total of 190 questions. Get the Biology Syllabus.

Chapter Percentage of Questions
Cellular and Molecular Biology 33-34 %
Organismal Biology 33-34%
Ecology and Evolution 33-34%

Chemistry

The test consists of approximately 130 questions. The detailed Chemistry Syllabus is available here.

Chapter Percentage of Questions
Analytical Chemistry 15 %
Inorganic Chemistry 25%
Organic Chemistry 30%
Physical Chemistry 30%

Literature in English

The test consists of approximately 230 questions. The detailed Literature in English Syllabus is available here.

Chapter Percentage of Questions
Literary Analysis 40-55 %
Identification 15-20%
Cultural and Historical Contexts 20-25%
History and Theory of Literary Criticism 10-15%

Mathematics

The test consists of 66 questions. The detailed Mathematics syllabus is available here.

Chapter Percentage of Questions
Calculus 50 %
Algebra 25%
Additional Topics 25%

Physics

The test consists of approximately 100 multiple-choice questions. The detailed Physics Syllabus is available here.

Chapter Percentage of Questions
Classical Mechanics 20%
Electromagnetism 18%
Optics and Wave Phenomena 9%
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 10%
Quantum Mechanics 12%
Atomic Physics 10%
Special Relativity 6%
Laboratory Methods 6%
Specialized Topics 9%

Psychology

There are approximately 205 questions. The detailed Psychology Syllabus is available here.

Chapter Percentage of Questions
Biological 17-21%
Cognitive 17-24%
Social 12-14%
Developmental 12-14%
Clinical 15-19%
Measurement/Methodology/Others 15-19%

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