Not all graduate school programs require that you take the test, so before registering for it make sure that you've checked with the programs to which you're applying. Alternatively, consider taking the GRE Subject Test if you're applying to programs outside of your undergraduate major.
The test gauges undergraduate achievement in eight disciplines. Each Subject Test is intended for students who have majored in or have extensive background in that specific area. The disciplines include:
- Biochemistry, cell, and molecular biology
- Computer science
- Literature in English
GRE test scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement undergraduate records and other qualifications for graduate study.
The scores provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants and aid in the evaluation of grades and recommendations. Some GRE Subject Tests yield subscores that can indicate the strengths and weaknesses of individual students' preparation and may be useful for guidance and placement purposes.