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Graduate Record Examination


Why take the GRE? General Test is required by many graduate programs, including physical therapy, physician assistant, public health, occupational therapy, as well as veterinary medical schools.

Cost: The registration fee is $205 which includes the exam and scores sent to four schools. Sending scores to additional schools costs $27 each.

Test Dates: All year

Computerized: Yes

Length: 3 hours and 45 minutes

Scores: 260-340 Verbal and Quantitative Composite, and 0-6 Analytical Writing.

Important Notes:

The GRE is a computerized exam offered year-round. Paper versions are available in areas of the world where computer based testing is not available.

Unofficial preliminary score report given at the end of the test. Official score reports will be sent 10-15 days after test date.

Examinees may take the test once every 60 days, and no more than 5 times within a 12-month period.



  • Questions: 40
  • Number of Minutes: 60
  • Score: 130-170
  • For topics covered, visit www.ets.org


  • Questions: 40
  • Number of Minutes: 70
  • Score: 130-170
  • Topics Covered: Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability & statistics, & data interpretation


  • Questions: 2 essays
  • Number of Minutes: 30 per essay
  • Score: 0-6
  • For topics covered, visit www.ets.org

test preparation

MSU Pre-Health advisors do not endorse any specific test prep resource, but we encourage you to explore each of the different options to determine which will best fit your needs. 

Additional information

Please visit the ETS website for more information and details regarding the GRE.