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Monday, June 05, 2006

GRE Psychology Test:

According to PSI CHI, The National Honor Society in Psychology, about half of doctoral-level psychology programs and a third of master's-level programs require applicants to submit scores from the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) Psychology Test. Unlike the GRE that all students take, the subject base psychology GRE is on paper rather than computer. The GRE Psychology Test contains 205 multiple choice questions (5 choices per question) and lasts approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes. Subject tests, including the GRE Psychology Test, usually are taken at a university or other specified testing site on three possible dates. Testing dates are listed on the ETS website. In order to register for the GRE Psychology Test, you must print out a form from the ETS website and send it to its main office. The test fee is $130.00.

The scored earned on the GRE Psychology Test is based off of the number of questions you answer correctly minus one-forth of the questions you answer incorrectly. Questions that are left unanswered are not counted towards your final score. By correctly applying the Process of Elimination (P.O.E.) it is possible to gain points rather than lose points in your total.

ETS has a six member committee composed of six psychology faculty members from various U.S. colleges and universities. Each member writes 15 questions for the test and will meet with other group members to discuss what questions should be included on the psychology test.


The GRE Psychology test is broken down into the following sections:

- 40% material dealing with cognition, sensation and perception, learning, and biological psychology
- 43% dealing with social psychology, personality, development, and abnormal behavior
- 17% dealing with research methods, history of psychology, and applied psychology

In reality, the test consists of three of the aforementioned sections that are integrated in all parts of the test.

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