GRE at a Glance
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is
designed to provide graduate schools with a common measure for
comparing the qualifications of applicants. Schools also use
GRE scores to determine eligibility for merit-based grants and
fellowships, as well as teaching and research assistantships.
Preparing for the GRE can help you get into the graduate school
of your choice and can greatly increase your chances of getting
GRE Changes take effect August 1, 2011
The GRE will be undergoing major changes that will take
effect August 1, 2011. Students that take the GRE through July
31, 2011 will take the GRE General Test as it currently exists.
Beginning August 1, 2011 all students will take the GRE Revised
General Test and will not receive their scores until November
2011. The GRE Revised General Test includes several changes,
including the availability of a calculator for the math
section, removal of the analogies and antonyms sections,
revised scoring on a scale of 130-170, and a new adaptive
format. To learn more about these changes, visit the ETS Webpage or review a FAQs
sheet prepared by Kaplan.
Should I take the GRE General or the GRE Revised General
If you need your score reports before November 2011 take the
GRE General Test on/before July 31, 2011. Beginning August 1,
2011, all students will take the GRE Revised General Test and
scores will be reported beginning in November 2011. Graduate
application deadlines for Rensselaer are August 15 for the
Spring semester and January 1 for Summer/Fall semesters.
Where can I find information about the two tests?
(through July 31, 2011)
General (beginning August 1, 2011)
How to Register for the GRE?
The GRE is offered year round by the Educational Testing
Service (ETS). The most convenient way to register is online.
You may also register by phone at 1-800-GRE-CALL or by mail. In
order to register by mail, you will need to complete the
Authorization Voucher Request Form that can be downloaded from
the ETS web site. The cost to take the exam is currently
$160.00. ETS accepts most major credit cards, personal checks,
and money orders.
Students are welcome to contact the Albany Kaplan
Test Prep & Admissions Center in Stuyvesant Plaza to take a
free GRE and/or GMAT computer adaptive test. Please
contact them directly at (518) 420-9412 or
Sandra.McIntyre@Kaplan.com. Scores from the free test are only
for practice and will not be submitted for admission
consideration. Good luck!