A graduate degree can give you a big advantage in your career. The first step to achieving that advantage is to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. The GRE revised General Test was introduced in August 2011.

Preparing for the GRE

The general test comprises three sections. The cumulative score from the verbal and quantitative sections will be considered for admission purposes.

Measure Number of Questions Allotted Time
Analytical Writing
(One section with two separately timed tasks)
One "analyze an issue" task and one "analyze an argument" task 30 minutes per task
Verbal Reasoning
(Two sections)
20 questions per section 30 minutes per section
Quantitative Reasoning
(Two sections)
20 questions per section 35 minutes per section
GRE Fees

Testing location for Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia Beach areas:

Prometric Testing Center
660 Independence Parkway
Battlefield Corporate Park
Suite 300
Chesapeake, VA  23320
(757) 277-9877 Please call to schedule a testing appointment.

Registering by Phone:

  • Call the test center directly or (800) GRE-CALL ((800) 473-2255)
  • Use VISA, MasterCard or American Express
Contact ETS for more GRE information.
One "Analyze an Issue" task and one "Analyze an Argument" task

The Praxis Series tests measure teacher candidates’ knowledge and skills. The tests are used for licensing and certification processes and include:

  • Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST)
    These tests measure basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. In addition to licensure, these tests are often used to qualify candidates for entry into a teacher education program. See Praxis I information.
  • Praxis II Subject Assessments
    These tests measure subject-specific content knowledge, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills, that you need for beginning teaching. See Praxis II information.

The above is courtesy of ETS, "About the The Praxis Series Tests."

  • Students planning on taking the Praxis I exam on the computer (computerized PPST) must register at least 2-3 weeks in advance in order to have a testing station.
  • Fee waivers are available in cases of financial hardship. For more details see the Praxis Registration Bulletin.


For more information on the Praxis exam, please visit the master's in teaching website.