Get ready for the GRE

Whether you are studying for the general test or subject tests, Calvin's Career Development office and The Calvin Honors Program office are ready to help you. If you are a junior or senior interested in grad school, contact one of these offices for preparation materials and advice.  There are two types of GRE tests: General and Subject. Only the Subject tests are offered at Calvin College. 

General test

The GRE General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills non-related to any specific field of study. The General Test is not offered at Calvin College.

The general test is available year-round at testing centers worldwide, and appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Call early to get your preferred test date and free test preparation material; avoid the crowded testing period of November through January.  More information can be found on the GRE website

To make an appointment call (800) 473-2255 or call the Grand Rapids testing center directly at (616) 957-0368 (Prometric, 3910 Burton SE).

Subject tests

Subject tests in eight disciplines - - biology, biochemistry and cell & molecular biology, chemistry, literature in English, mathematics, physics and psychology - - are given at Calvin College in the paper-based format only.  Current test dates can be found on the Calvin GRE website .

For more information, contact Lori Keen ( in the biology department. 

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Take advantage of these resources:

  • All GRE test registrants receive free test preparation materials. See additional test practice.
  • Commercial preparatory courses, such as those from Prepmaster Review, Inc. (800) 325-5728.
  • Paperback books such as the Princeton Review GRE, Barron's How to Prepare for the GRE, or Peterson's GRE Success. Samples are available in the Honors Office (H-318).
  • Software: in addition to the free software from GRE itself, other options are Kaplan's "GRE Road Trip", or Princeton Review's "Inside the GRE".
  • Materials available in the Career Development area on the second floor of the Hekman Library or The Calvin Honors Program office (HH-318).
  • See also Princeton Review and Kaplan for more practice tests.


$195 for the General Test (when taken in the U.S.)
$150 for a Subject Test (when taken in the U.S.)

Financial Assistance

To receive reimbursement for the cost of GRE preparatory materials (up to $50) Calvin students may bring receipts to the Honors office at HH 318 and complete a reimbursement form.

GRE fee waivers are available for high-need applicants who are U.S. citizens or resident aliens. Find more information on the GRE website at


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