Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Liberty University Online Programs GRE Information Center

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), administrated by the Education Testing Services (ETS), is a standardized test required for acceptance in many graduate schools. Students are asked to take the GRE to determine the readiness and ability for completing graduate work.

What is the GRE?

The GRE General Test measures critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills that have been acquired over a long period and are not related to any specific field of study. This graduate record exam takes four hours to complete.

There are two types of GRE tests: general and subject tests. The general test is required for admissions to a few of Liberty’s graduate or doctoral programs. The subject test is offered in several subject areas and is optional for Liberty University online program students.

GRE costs are $220 for U.S. based students. Students should note that test scores are kept on file at the Education Testing Service for only five years. After this time, ETS will discard the records.


The GRE consists of three different scoring scales:

  • Verbal Reasoning score: Reported on a 130-170 score scale, in 1-point increments
  • Quantitative Reasoning score: Reported on a 130-170 score scale, in 1-point increments
  • Analytical Writing score: Reported on a 0-6 score scale, in half-point increments

GRE Registration

  • Students can register online at the official ETS website. Please be advised: there will be a fee upon registration. 
  • Students can also call the GRE Program, Mon – Fri between 8 am and 7:45 pm EST, excluding U.S holidays. The phone number is 1-609-771-7670 or Toll-Free: 1-866-473-4373.
  • You can register to take the General Test or a Subject Test at a test center either online or by phone (in most locations). Refer to available test locations and dates on the ETS website.

Testing Preparations

The online GRE consists of three different sections that cover quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, and analytical writing. The following list includes helpful recommended resources to study before taking the test.

Free preparation materials are available on the GRE website to anyone who registers for the GRE.


  • Nova’s GRE Prep Course
  • ARCO WORDS for Smart Test-Takers by Mark Alan Stewart
  • Webster’s NewWorld Power Vocabulary by Elizabeth Morse – Cluley & Richard Read.
  • All About Words by Maxwell Nurnberg and Morris Rosenblum
  • The Princeton Review’s GRE Word Smart for the GRE.