GRE Subject Tests Part 2

In addition to the GRE, ETS also offers eight GRE subject tests covering the following topics: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Literature in English; Mathematics; Physics; and Psychology.  In our last post, we provided an overview of four GRE subject tests.  Below are the remaining four subject tests, along with the material covered and some basic information on the structure of the tests.  Happy studying!

Literature in English:

  • 230 questions on poetry, drama, biography, the essay, the short story, the novel, criticism, literary theory, and the history of the language
  • draws on literature in English from the British Isles, the U.S., and other parts of the world, as well as a few major works translated from other languages
  • the questions can be classified into two groups: factual and critical
  • 40-55% of the questions are literary analysis
  • 15-20% of the questions are identification (of date, author or work)
  • 20-25% of the questions are cultural and historical contexts (questions on literary, cultural and intellectual history)
  • 10-15% of the questions are on the history and theory of literary criticism

Mathematics:

  • 66 multiple-choice questions drawn from courses commonly offered at the undergraduate level
  • 50% of the questions cover calculus
  • 25% of the questions cover algebra (elementary, linear, and abstract)
  • 25% of the questions cover additional topics such as sequences and series, discrete mathematics, geometry, probability and statistics, and complex variables

Physics:

  • 100 five-choice questions, some of which are based on materials such as diagrams, graphs, experimental data, and descriptions of physical situations
  • the International System (SI) of units is predominantly used on the test and a table representing various physical constant and conversion factors is included
  • test-takers should be familiar with certain mathematical methods (calculus, coordinate systems, etc.) and their application in physics
  • 20% of the questions cover classical mecahnics
  • 18% of the questions cover electromagnetism
  • 9% of the questions cover optics and wave phenomena
  • 10% of the questions cover thermodynamics and statistical mecahnics
  • 12% of the questions cover quantum mechanics
  • 10% of the questions cover atomic physics
  • 6% of the questions cover special relativity
  • 6% of the questions cover laboratory methods
  • 9% of the questions cover specialized topics

Psychology:

  • 205 multiple choice questions
  • two subscores are reported along with the final score: experimental and social
  • 40% of the questions cover topics including learning, language, memory, sensation and perception, and behavioral neuroscience
  • 43% of the questions cover clinical and abnormal lifespan development, personality, and social psychology
  • 17% of the questions cover topics such as the history of psychology, applied psychology, psychometrics, and research design and statistics
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