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This GRE psychology exam assesses your knowledge of general concepts, along with your ability to analyze and interpret data, evaluate research, and formulate conclusions.
The exam usually contains between 205 and 215 multiple-choice questions (depending on the edition). Each question offers 5 answer options. You will have 170 minutes to complete the exam.
Tests are administered in October, November and April.
The GRE psychology test covers three broad categories:
Within each category, you’ll be asked to recall information, analyze relationships, interpret data and evaluate research designs.
The GRE psychology exam, like the other eight GRE subject tests, has two scores: a raw score and a scaled score. The raw score is the total number of questions you answered correctly minus 1/4 of the number answered incorrectly. This figure is then converted to a scaled score somewhere between 200 and 990, with the latter being a perfect GRE psychology result. Average scores for the GRE psychology test are 550-770.
In addition, the GRE psychology test has two subscores: an Experimental Psychology score and a Social Psychology score. Subscores are typically provided for your convenience as indicators of particular strengths and weaknesses.
Finally, you will be issued a percentile ranking that states the percentage of students who scored below you. A ranking of 70, for instance, means that 70% of students scored lower than you. This data tells universities how you compare to other applicants.
The GRE psychology test is a rigorous and detailed exam. Focused standardized test preparation can pay off in a high score and college admission offers.