GRE Subject

Why Take the GRE Subject?

… It can be a requirement for admission to graduate programs in the U.S., especially for PhDs.
… It helps you stand out from other applicants by emphasizing your knowledge and skill level in a specific area.
… It helps admissions as well as fellowship panels to supplement other qualifications for graduate level in order to offer you admissions and funding!


What Is It Like?

The test is offered in 7 subject areas:
•    Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology;
•    Biology;
•    Chemist
•    Literature in English;ry;
•    Mathematics;
•    Physics;
•    Psychology.

GRE-Subject tests are administered in English and measure achievement in these specific subject areas. They assume an undergraduate major or extensive background in the discipline tested.


The GRE-Subject maintains its traditional multiple choice, paper and pencil format. Each test takes 2 hours and 50 minutes to complete.

When & Where Can I Take the Test in Romania?

Poza 5.15The tests are usually offered three times a year, in October, November, and April.
In Romania the test is administered in Arad at the Science Faculty (Facultatea de Stiinte) and Iasi at Euroed Foundation.
For details on test dates and centers see the 2016-17 Test Dates list, available online at

Update: Please be advised that you are required to bring a signed ID document with your photo on it. Your Romanian ID card does not satisfy the requirements because it does not include your signature. Please bring your passport, driver's license or any other ID form which includes both your signature and your photo.

How Much Does the Test Cost?

The GRE Subject test costs $150.
This fee entitles you to one score report, plus up to four reports that ETS will send directly to the institutions you indicate on your registration form or admission ticket correction stub. For each institution you select after the test, you will have to pay a $25 fee.


How Do I Register for the Test?

Registration method varies according to payment method: credit card (most convenient) or bank check. Note: the card does not need to be in your name, so you can use the cards of family or friends.   

If a credit/debit card is available (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, JCB) or if you have access to PayPal and Western Union Quick Pay services, you can register online on the official website.
You will need to create a MyGRE Account to register. Go to "Register for a Test" section and follow the steps. You will get your Admission Ticket by e-mail.

If credit/debit cards are not available, the most convenient payment type is the bank check, and you will register by mail.
•    In order to be issued a bank check you need to pay the fee to any bank that conducts hard-currency transactions. The beneficiary of your bank check will be ETS-GRE.
•    Mail the check and the registration form to the U.S. address mentioned on the Registration Form (ETS-GRE, Box 382013, Pittsburgh, PA 15251-8013). The registration documents must reach ETS by the registration deadline. All deadlines are receipt (NOT postmark) dates at ETS. If you miss the registration deadline please see suggestions on what to do below, in the "Standby testing" section.

Useful tips:
•    Photocopy the scheduling form as well as the bank check and keep the copies for reference.
•    Send your test registration by registered mail (scrisoare recomandata cu confirmare de primire).
•    As a rule, you will receive your Admission Ticket by regular mail approximately three weeks after you register. The Ticket includes information regarding the test date and the coordinates of the testing center. You can also view and print your ticket online with your My GRE Account.
•    If you don't receive the Admission Ticket at least 10 days prior to the test date, please print your Ticket or contact ETS-GRE immediately to confirm your test center assignment – you may contact them by phone or by fax using the contact information on the GRE website.
In case you do not show up on your assigned day and hour for taking the test, the registration fee will not be refunded.

Standby testing:
If you missed the registration deadline, you can still try to test as a standby.
Standby testing may be available if sufficient space, test materials, and staff are available at the test center.
The standby testing fee of $50 is on top of the test fee. Further information on standby testing is available on the GRE website.

The Fulbright Educational Advising Center is not involved in the administration of the GRE Subject tests. Please contact ETS-GRE for any problems you may experience concerning registration, receipt of the admission ticket, etc. All relevant contact addresses and telephone numbers are listed on the official website.

What to Expect on Test Day?

Poza 5.16Questions on test regulations are answered at
What to bring:
Identification requirements:
What else to expect:


At the end of the test, you will be given the option to cancel your scores if you consider you haven’t done quite well in the test.

When Do I Get the Official Scores? How Do I Request Additional Score Reports?

According to the information available on the official website, for each test you take, you will receive a total score on a 200 – 990 score scale, in 10-point increments. The Biochemistry; Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; and Psychology Tests also yield subscores on a 20 – 99 score scale, in one-point increments. Both current scores and scores from the five years prior to the current testing year are included in your cumulative score report.

The score reports of the GRE-Subject test are mailed approximately 6 weeks after your test date to you and to the institutions designated on your registration form or admission ticket correction stub. See the GRE website for approximate score report mailing dates. You can view your scores online free of charge, 6 weeks after the test. You will need to create or have a MyGRE Account to use this service.

In addition, you can obtain your scores by phone for a $12 fee approximately 4 weeks after the test date.

You can order additional score reports online, by phone, fax or by mail.
You will be charged a $25 fee for each institution you want scores to be sent to.

The additional score report request form is available on the official website. You will also receive one with your score report. Further instructions on how to order additional score reports are on the back of the form, in the GRE bulletin and on the official website.

The GRE scores are valid for 5 years.

How Can I Prepare for the Test? Paper-Based Resources

At FEAC you have free access to our up-to-date GRE-Subject prep materials! The preparation materials can only be checked out for study in the reading room and cannot be photocopied. To check out materials in the reading room, you need a valid ID.


Also, when you register, you will be sent a free practice book that includes content topics covered in the test and detailed test specifications, a full-length test and answer key, and information to help you understand the scores you earn. The practice book can also be downloaded for free from


This section has been developed by FEAC staff based on visitors’ questions regarding this test, and to further support your journey to the U.S.!  
You may like to send YOUR interesting question so that we can expand this section.


Q: When is it best to take the test?
A: When selecting a test date, be sure to allow sufficient time for score reporting so you can meet the admissions deadlines for the schools to which you are applying. Again, mind that the GRE Subject tests are offered only three times a year!

Q: I am not quite happy with my result. Can I retake the test?
A: Yes, particularly if on the day you took the test you were not in top shape. However, according to the official website, large score increases are unusual, and for some test takers scores will go down. Especially if deadlines are tight, make sure you let the universities you are applying to know that you intend to retake the test to improve your score.

Q: How often can I take the Subject test?
A: According to the official website, you may take Subject Tests as often as they are offered.

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