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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 financial aid.

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 test?

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?

GRE General (through July 31, 2011)

GRE Revised 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!