All About Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Psychology Test Syllabus | Benefits | Eligibility | Application procedure –UPS Education


Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test to take admission in various undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Ph.D. level courses in many foreign countries including the United States of America and Canada. Students often take the GRE Course to take admission to the Master’s course to pursue their studies in universities abroad.

In this article, we have mentioned various information about the GRE Psychology Exam syllabus, the Benefits of taking the GRE Psychology Exam, Eligibility Criteria, and more.

GRE Test is regulated and conducted by the Educational Testing Services (ETS) and it is held multiple times a year. It is one of the most popular tests among graduate students looking to pursue their Master’s studies abroad.

GRE Entrance evaluates the candidate’s analytical writing, quantitative ability, and verbal reasoning skills through various assessments and sections of the test.

There are 2 Types of the GRE Entrance test, the GRE Subject Test and the GRE General Test.

GRE General Test:

The GRE General Test is made to evaluate your proficiency in the abilities required to succeed in graduate programs in business and law. Additionally, it enables you to try your best by utilizing more of your unique test-taking techniques. You have the option to skip and go back to any part, amend your answers, and more.

GRE Subject Test

As per the recent update, Chemistry is not included in the GRE Subject test now. Hence, there are now 3 Subject tests included in the GRE Examination. Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology.

The Psychology part of the Test has six Sections in total.

  • Biological
  • Cognitive
  • Social
  • Developmental
  • Clinical
  • Measurement/Methodology/Other

Measures of GRE General Examination

The Examination Measures the Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning skills of students on which the final Score of a student is based.

Analytical Writing: This contains 2 Sections for which the candidate is given 60 minutes (30 minutes each) to solve them.

Verbal Reasoning: This contains 2 Sections for which the candidate is given 60 minutes (30 minutes each) to solve them in the Computer Based test and 70 minutes (35 minutes each) for the paper-based test.

Quantitative Reasoning: This contains 2 Sections for which the candidate is given 70 minutes (35 minutes each) to solve them in the Computer Based test and 80 minutes (40 minutes each) for the paper Based test.

Benefits of Clearing the GRE Exam

Helps in getting admission to International Schools: The GRE is accepted by the majority of international schools and colleges, including MBA programs, law schools, and medical schools

Allows to take admission in Specialization courses: The students can take admitted to various specialized programs such as psychology in the universities abroad.

Benefits of Getting a Scholarship: GRE scores help in getting scholarships and fellowship programs The highest GRE scores have the best chances for scholarships

Helps in taking admission with a minimum fee: GRE scores can be sent to multiple schools for a minimum fee for one course of your choice or specifically

Helps to get a Study visa: GRE scores have also been associated with student visas to the United States, approval of visa applications, and increased chances of being hired abroad.

Eligibility Criteria of GRE Psychology:

For GRE Psychology or GRE General paper, there are no specific eligibility or qualification criteria described by the ETS. However, the students should complete their under graduation with a good score as they will be applying for admission to the Masters’s program. ETS has also not mentioned any maximum age limit criteria for the candidates giving the GRE Examination.

GRE Psychology Examination pattern:

Mode of the Examination: Computer Delivered (from September 2023)

Type of Questions: MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)

Total Number of Questions: 205 (Might be Changed)

Number of Available Options: 05 (A,B,C,D and E)

Duration of the Test: 2 Hours (from September 2023)

Highest Score: 990

Lowest Score: 200

Negative Marking: NA

GRE Psychology Entrance Test Syllabus:

The GRE Psychology test covers a range of undergraduate subjects. The topics are as follows:

Biological (17-21%)

  • Sensation and Perception (5–7%)
  • Physiological/Behavioral Neuroscience (12–14%)

Cognitive (17-24%)

  • Learning (3–5%)
  • Language (3–4%)
  • Memory (7–9%)
  • Thinking (4–6%)

Social (12-14%)

  • Social Perception, Cognition, Attribution, Beliefs
  • Attitudes and Behavior
  • Social Comparison, Self
  • Emotion, Affect, and Motivation
  • Conformity, Influence, and Persuasion
  • Interpersonal Attraction and Close Relationships
  • Group and Intergroup Processes
  • Cultural or Gender Influences
  • Evolutionary Psychology, Altruism, and Aggression
  • Theories, Applications, and Issues

Developmental (12-14%)

  • Nature-Nurture
  • Physical and Motor
  • Perception and Cognition
  • Language
  • Learning, Intelligence
  • Social, Personality
  • Emotion
  • Socialization, Family, and Cultural
  • Theories, Applications, and Issues

Clinical (15-19%)

  • Personality (3–5%)
  • Clinical and Abnormal (12–14%)

Measurement,Methodology and Other (15-19%)

  • General (4–6%)
  • Measurement and Methodology (11–13%)

Application Procedure:

The Application procedure in detail is mentioned below. The application link is also mentioned below.

Step 1: Register yourself on the GRE Application portal

The Candidate is required to sign in to the GRE Portal. If the candidate is there for the first time, click on New User Registration (Create New Account).

Step 2: Create a Test Taker Account

The Candidate is required to fill in his/her basic details (like Name, Address, contact details, etc.) to register on the GATE Admission Portal. Create a Username and Password for him/herself. Review the details and submit.

Step 3: Register for the GRE Examination

The Third step is to log in with the login credentials that you have generated while creating the Test taker account. After successfully login in, Click on Register/Find Test Centres, Dates to Register for the Test.

Step 4: Select the Test and Test Centre

Upload all the relevant documents including the academic degree/diploma or personal details verification documents like Aadhar card and Cast Certification (if applicable).

Step 5: Select the Examination Date and Centre

The Candidate should now Select the Examination Centre by the Date by the Distance. Select the examination centre and view dates, choose the suitable date for you and click on Register.

Step 6: Complete the Test Registration and Verify

Now verify your Personal Information and Complete the Test Registration procedure by filling up the required details like the background information, UG details, and more. Review your Test Registration and Proceed.

Step 7: Verify the Exam Course and Proceed to Checkout/Pay Now

After Successfully Completing the Test Registration, Verify the Examination that you are opting for and Proceed to Checkout for the Payment Procedures.

Step 8: Submit the Application fee

The Candidate should now pay the application fee for the Examination. After the successful payment of the Examination fee, the Application Procedure will be Complete.

Application Fee:

GRE Subject Test: $150

Late Registration Fee: $25

Standby testing: $50

Rescheduling fee: $50

Changing your test centre: $50

Changing your Subject Test: $50

Score Review: $50

Score reinstalment fee: $50

Latest Changes in GRE Psychology (from September 2023)

  • The administrators have decided to conduct the Subject tests only in a Computer-delivered format.             
  • They will also shorten the duration of Psychology Tests to 2 hours.
  • Scores on the test will continue to be reportable for 5 years after the test date.

GRE Exam Schedule

The administrators are going to shift the GRE Subject Tests, including Psychology, to the CBT-only mode. It means that the Paper-based test will not be available from September 2023. The GRE Subject Tests are currently conducting 3 times a year (September, October, and April). From September 2023, the test schedule may change.

Some of the TOP Universities that Accept GRE Psychology Score

  • Harvard University, Cambridge
  • Stanford University, Stanford
  • Yale University, Connecticut
  • University of Toronto, Ontario
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Click here for GRE Psychology Subject Test Coaching

Other Important Links:

Online GATE Psychology Coaching

Benefits of Clearing the GATE Psychology Entrance Exam

List of Universities/Colleges offering Master’s degree in Psychology.

List of all RCI recognized Institutes for M.Phil. Clinical Psychology:

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