Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Information

The Revised GRE

The GRE GENERAL test is ONLY available as a computer-based test (CBT). There were some significant changes in the format and delivery of the GRE implemented on August 1, 2011. GRE content and structure are described on the ETS website.

General GRE vs. Subject Tests

The computer-based general GRE is an aptitude assessment, which is different than the GRE SUBJECT TESTS, which are offered only as a paper-based test three times per year. The subject tests may be required by a specific graduate program to which you are applying. See the official GRE web site for more information on either exam, registration, format, etc.

Scores and Percentiles

If you need to know more about GRE scores and percentiles on the 'old' GRE, see the GUIDE to THE USE OF SCORES. Here is general information on scores for the revised GRE.

GRE Fee Reduction Information

ETS provides information about fee reductions for the GRE on their website. This fee reduction is available only to students who qualify based upon the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from your FAFSA. Less than 20% of UNH undergraduates will qualify for this fee reduction. Registering for the GRE will still cost you $88. You must have earned at least 90 credits (senior status) to qualify. The first step is to ask the UNH Financial Aid Office to see if you qualify, then there is an AUTHORIZATION VOUCHER FORM to complete and mail to Educational Testing Service. It probably will take several (four or five) weeks to receive this fee waiver. The UNH Financial Aid Office can be reached at (603) 862-3600.


  • Our primary GRE preparation book is "The OFFICIAL GUIDE to the GRE revised General Test" published by Educational Testing Service (they create the GRE). The list price is $35, but it is available through on-line bookstores for much less. It contains two sample tests along with many practice problems, an extensive math review section, and background for the GRE.
  • KAPLAN GRE EXAM VOCABULARY in a BOX is published by Kaplan Publishing. Cover price is $18.95. 500 challenging words in convenient flash card format.
  • MATH SMART is prepared and published by The Princeton Review. Cover price is $12.99. This is a good math review book for the GRE.
  • WORD SMART is prepared by The Princeton Review. Cover price is $13.99 Contains 1505 words and definitions. Useful for GRE vocabulary preparation.

These books are sometimes available in the UNH Bookstore (MUB). If not, or Barnes & Noble generally has them. They typically take less than one week to be received via regular shipping when ordered on-line.


The CBT test center closest to UNH is:

Prometric Testing Center
200 Griffin Road (Suite #4)
Portsmouth NH
(603) 433-6800

This site is in the vicinity of Borthwick Avenue and Portsmouth Hospital. It takes approximately 20-25 minutes to get there by car from UNH. The GRE testing sites are run by Sylvan Learning Centers.Please note that many people have reported difficulty in contacting this Center to register for the GRE. There seems to be a push to have GRE takers register on-line. The Thomson/Prometric Company registers applicants on-line with a credit card.

A complete list of testing centers is available on the GRE web site.

Some CBT Test Centers near UNH:

  • Concord, NH on 261 SHEEP DAVIS ROAD (SUITE 3)
  • Boston, MA (at Fort Point Place) - 617.345.8980
  • Braintree, MA - 781.380.3876 
  • Bridgewater State College, MA - 508.531.1780 
  • Brookline, MA - 617.264.4152 
  • East Longmeadow, MA - (413) 525-4901 
  • Lexington, MA - (781) 890-0723
  • Waltham, MA - (617) 890-0466 
  • Worcester, MA - (508) 853-2988
  • South Portland, Maine - (207) 775-5812

A national number for the GRE-CBT is 1-800-473-2255. They usually have fewer test dates to offer you, and you might be on hold a bit, but this still is a way to register for the GRE.