GRADUATE RECORDS EXAM (GRE)
IMPORTANT: Southern Arkansas University does NOT administer the GRE. Students who are required to take this exam for entrance to programs at SAU must take the exam at one of the locations that offer the test and have their scores sent to SAU.
Scores from the GRE General Test or the alternative test, Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT), are required for admission to the Southern Arkansas University, College of Graduate Studies. The GRE General Test measures skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The General Test yields separate scores for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing related to success at the graduate level of education. The GRE General Test is an adaptive, computer-based test (CBT). A paper-pencil version of the test is also offered.
Computer-Based General Test
- The Analytical Writing (AW) is a 75-minute section with 2 writing tasks. You must present your perspective on an issue timed for 45 minutes and analyze an argument timed for 30 minutes. This section will always appear as the first section of the test.
- Verbal: 30-minute section with 30 questions
- Quantitative: 45-minute section with 28 questions
The computer-based GRE is an adaptive test which means that the next question the examinee is presented with is based on the answer to the previous question. As a result, examinees are not able to go back and change their answers.
Paper-Based General Test
- The paper-based General Test is similar to the GRE-CBT test except there are two 30 minute sections with 38 questions for the verbal section and two 30 minute sections with 30 questions for the quantitative.
Test Dates – Paper-Based General Test
For more information go to the ETS/GRE website
Paper-Based Subject Test
- The paper-based Subject Test measures achievement in particular fields of study. Each Subject Test assumes either an undergraduate major or extensive background in the specific field. Subject Tests are available in the following eight areas:
- Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
- Computer Science
- Literature in English
- Mathematics (rescaled)
- Testing time is 2 hours and 50 minutes.
Test Dates – Paper-Based Subject Test
When you register for the General Test, you will be sent free test preparation material that describes the test in more detail and provides information to help you understand the scores you earn. The free materials are also available from the Test Takers Download Library.
For a complete list of fees for GRE tests and related services, visit the ETS/GRE website for more information.
Fee Reduction Program
The GRE Board makes a limited number of fee waivers for college seniors and un-enrolled college graduates who meet eligibility requirements. Fee waivers may be used for the General Test and/or one Subject Test. Visit the GRE/ETS website for more details.
For More Information
The Registration Bulletins are available online.
- GRE website (Online registration available)
- CBT Phone: 1-800-GRE-CALL (1-800-473-4373)
- Test Takers with Disabilities: 1-866-387-8602
- Score Reports: 1-800-750-6991