GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)

The GRE as an admission test is required from students who wish to continue their studies on the graduate level in the United States.

The GRE consists of a General Test and several Subject Tests. The tests are designed to assess academic knowledge and skills relevant to graduate study. The General Test measures verbal, quantitative and analytical abilities. The Subject Tests measure the examinee's knowledge in a special field of study. The General Test and any of the Subject tests can be taken separately, too.

Total time for the General Test administration is 4,5 hours (2 hours and 15 minutes are alloted for answering questions that count toward the test score). Total testing time for each Subject Test is 2 hours 50 minutes.

Since the 1997/1998 testing year the GRE General Test has been administered in a computer-based format. The Subject Tests are still paper-based.

The following Subject Tests can be chosen: Biochemistry,Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Literature in English; Mathematics; Physics; Psychology.

In case of the computer-based General Test examinees have the option either to cancel or see their scores at the end of the test. Official score reports will be mailed to examinees and to designated institutions 10 to 15 days after the test date. For paper-based testing, scores will be available approximately 6 weeks after the test administration.

GRE Test scores are reportable for 5 years, all scores earned during this time will be reported to each designated institutions.

Examinees from Europe (Region 12) should apply through the Prometric, B. V./CITOgroup, The Netherlands.

Dates for 2002/2003 in Hungary:

Subject Test administrations:

For the General Test there is a permanent CBT Test Center in Budapest. The test can be taken continuously but before registering it is recommended to consult the schedule of the Budapest test center. One computer-based General Test can be taken in the same calendar month.

Fees for 2002/2003:

Beside the detailed GRE Bulletin of Information, additional information on the GRE (and a CBT sample) is available on the following site:

The Szeged test center has got one test date for the 2000/2001 testing year.

In case of Subject Tests, completed registration forms should be received by CITO in The Netherlands generally 1-2 months before the selected test date. In case of CBT the form must be received 2 days (phone), 7 days (fax) or 3 weeks (mail) prior to the preferred test date.

Bulletins of Information with registration forms, and preparational materials are available in the American Higher Education Information Center.

(The text is based on the GRE Bulletin of Information, a publication of the Educational Testing Service.)


Last update: January 8, 2003

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