Standardized Tests

Many U.S. colleges require that undergraduate and graduate students submit standardized test scores as part of their application. Standardized tests provide a consistent way for a college to evaluate you and sometimes even help you choose the right courses.

For information about which tests you should take, contact your program coordinator, or the admissions office. The test(s) you'll take depends on what type of graduate degree you're seeking. Check with the schools you plan to apply to for information about required exams.

  • Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

Many students planning to attend graduate school take both the General and Subject GRE tests.

The GRE General Test measures a student's verbal, quantitative (mathematical), and analytical writing skills. It is offered throughout the year at specially equipped testing centers (some on college campuses). The test runs approximately three hours.

GRE Subject Tests measures a student's knowledge in specific subject areas. Students usually take a Subject Test related to their undergraduate majors. Subject Tests are given three times a year: in October, November, and April. Offered on college campuses, the tests usually take 3 ½ hours to complete.

Learn more about the GRE Prep workshops offered by OSR.