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Pre Graduate School

The Graduate School Record (GRE) Examination

Most master's and doctoral level programs require graduate school applicants to take a standardized test such as the General Record Examination (GRE) prior to admission.  The GRE is important because it permits admissions committees to compare applicants on the same scale.  The GRE is made up of three test sections to measure the skills you have acquired over your high school and college years:


  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Quantitative Reasoning

  • Analytical Writing 
For additional information and sample questions, visit:


Subject GRE Examinations - to Supplement Your Overall Application

The GRE Subject Tests are achievement tests that measure your knowledge of a particular field of study. A graduate program will either state that a subject test is required or recommended. The advantage of taking a GRE subject test shows an admission committee that you know a specific subject and it can help you stand out from other applicants by emphasizing your knowledge and skill level in your area. There are seven disciplines that may require or recommend the GRE Subject Test:


  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology  

    Subject Tests are given worldwide three times a year in September, October, or April. To learn more about the GRE Subject Tests, visit:

Applying to a Future Graduate School of Professional School?

Know which entrance exam is required for you and prepare early.

Visit SDSU Career Services Resource Room to view a summary of tests required for:

  • Graduate School 

  • Business School

  • Dental School

  • Education

  • Law School 

  • Medical School

Questions about the GRE or other Standardized Test for Graduate School?

Please contact Mr. Michael Flynn, EdM  at

Mr. Flynn is a College of Sciences GRE Course instructor and can help you:
- determine the best time to take the admissions tests
- develop effective study plans to better prepare for the GRE
- answer questions related to the GRE or other Standardized Tests
- share SDSU review course information available to SDSU students

Honors, Compact Scholars, EOP students, and other SDSU students have benefited from advising from Mr. Flynn. All SDSU student majors are welcome to contact him for review course availability.

Review courses are offerred year-round in the fall/spring semesters and summer sessions.

To request the summer 2015 course schedule, email Michael directly at