College of Science

Graduate Record Examination subject test in Biology

This requirement is ONLY for students entering the Master's program DURING OR AFTER FALL QUARTER 2011. Those students entering prior to Fall 2011 are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) subject test in Biology to graduate.

What is the examination requirement?

The Department of Biological Sciences requires that all graduate students entering Fall 2011 and after take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Subject Test in Biology. The GRE Subject Test in Biology serves as the Department's comprehensive examination for graduate students in the program. The exam tests a student's background knowledge in three major fields of biology - (1) Cellular & Molecular Biology, (2) Organismal Biology and (3) Ecology & Evolution. It is the Dept of Biological Science's belief that students earning a Master's in Biological Sciences should demonstrate a well rounded understanding of the field, regardless of the specific discipline and specialty in which the student will be performing their thesis research.

When should I take the exam?

The exam must be taken in order to advance to candidacy and, thus, should be taken before the student carries out their Thesis Proposal (Bio 693). Also, students should consider that the earlier they take the exam, the more likely it is that they will recall information from their undergraduate schooling.

Is there a minimum score I need to attain?

A scaled score of 650 or greater must be achieved to complete this requirement. To better understand the scoring system and how to interpret scores, visit the ETS page on Understading Your Scores. If you have already taken the GRE Subject Test in Biology and achieved a scaled score of 650 or greater, you do not need to re-take the exam. If you have not already had your scores sent, simply have your scores sent to the University by standard ETS procedures. Cal Poly Pomona Institution Code: 4082. Department Code (Biology): 0203.