Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)


Computer-Based Test
Computer-Based Test
The GRE General Test — the most widely accepted graduate admissions test worldwide — is available as a computer-based test (CBT) only, but BU is NOT a computer-based testing center for this exam. Visit the GRE website for a computer-based testing center close to you.

The GRE General Test features a new test-taker friendly design and new question types. It more closely reflects the kind of thinking you'll do in graduate or business school and demonstrates that you are ready for graduate-level work.

  • Verbal Reasoning — Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.
  • Quantitative Reasoning — Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
  • Analytical Writing — Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.

What are GRE Subject Tests?

Paper-Based Test
Paper-Based Test
BU does administer the paper-based GRE SUBJECT exams. Please register online at the GRE website.

The GRE Subject Tests are achievement tests that measure your knowledge of a particular field of study. Show what you know about a specific subject and graduate schools will take notice. The Subject Tests can help you stand out from other applicants by emphasizing your knowledge and skill level in a specific area.

Each Subject Test is intended for students who have an undergraduate major or extensive background in one of these eight disciplines:

    Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
    Biology
    Chemistry
    Computer Science
    Literature in English
    Mathematics
    Physics
    Psychology

Who takes them and why?

Prospective graduate school applicants take the Subject Tests. GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement undergraduate records, letters of recommendation and other qualifications for graduate study.

The scores provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants and aid in the evaluation of grades and recommendations. Some Subject Tests yield subscores that can indicate the strengths and weaknesses in an individual student's preparation and may also be useful for guidance and placement purposes.