The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) measures your academic skills through verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections. It was revised in August 2011 to feature 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. It is required for admission to many graduate programs throughout the United States, and scores are considered valid for 5 years. The test costs $185.

  • 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.

We recommend that students register and begin preparing for the GRE at least three months in advance of taking it. The GRE revised General Test may be taken only once every 30 days and no more than five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period. After completing the computer-based GRE revised General Test, your official scores will be mailed approximately 10–15 days after your test date. These scores must be received by the U.S. institutions you are applying to by the specified application deadline. You will be asked to designate your score recipients at the test center, so you should already know which schools you are applying to when you go to take the test. However, you can also send score reports to institutions after test day for a fee.

To prepare, you may borrow one of the preparatory books available at the Commission for a refundable deposit of 25 euros or visit

GRE General Test

Computer-based tests will be administered multiple times per year at the following locations:

Phone 31 320 239 540

Global Knowledge
Q-PORT Building, 5e Floor, Kingsfordweg 43


The GRE Subject Tests are administered at paper-based test centers throughout the world up to 3 times a year in the months of October, November and April and cost $150. There are 7 GRE Subject Tests: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; Chemistry; Literature in English; Mathematics; Physics; Psychology. GRE Subject Tests measure achievement in specific subject areas and assume undergraduate majors or extensive background in those disciplines. GRE Subject Test scores help you stand out from other applicants by showing how knowledgeable you are in a specific discipline. Depending on your area of study, some graduate programs will require or recommend that you take a GRE Subject Test for admissions consideration.

GRE Subject Test scores are mailed out and posted online approximately 6 weeks after your test date, so it is important to register and take this exam well before any application deadlines.