Prerequisite Tests

Graduate School applicants are required to submit valid test scores to be considered for admission. International applicants must meet the English language proficiency requirements and may be required to submit TOEFL/IELTS test scores.

GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

Applicants are required to submit valid General Test scores from Educational Testing Service (ETS). GRE scores are valid for five years. If you have questions about the validity of your GRE scores, please contact ETS. If ETS is able to send your valid scores, we will accept them. The University will not accept expired or self-reported test scores, or copies of test reports. We do not accept partial test scores. A student who chooses to respond to only one section of the test per sitting is testing under different circumstances than those who took all three sections of the test on one test date. Refer to the Fields of Study for specific department requirements to determine if a subject test is required. Although the Graduate School does not have a minimum score requirement, each department may set its own.

If you took your GRE: It will expire on:
Before July 1, 2011 Expired
*July 1, 2011 - July 31, 2011 July 31, 2016
August 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012 June 30, 2017
July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013 June 30, 2018
July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014 June 30, 2019
July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015 June 30, 2020
July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016 June 30, 2021
July 1, 2012 - Present Exactly five years from test date.

*If ETS has already sent your official score reports for tests taken between Juy 1, 2011 and July 31, 2011, we my have them on file. Please contact gsadmit@princeton.edu to confirm.

If the name entered on your test report is different than the name on your application, your test scores will NOT match. If there is a discrepancy with your name, please email gsadmit@princeton.edu.

If you only have one name, please enter it in BOTH the first and last name fields. We cannot accept punctuation as a name. For example, you cannot enter a period for your name.

When registering to take the GRE, you must request that your scores be sent to Princeton University using institution code 2672. Department codes are not used at Princeton and are not required by ETS. Allow several weeks for test scores to reach us. Graduate Admission will update your submitted application checklist when the scores are received.

Test scores received after the deadline will still be matched to your application. However, faculty may have already begun their review of your application without your test scores. You are advised to have all scores sent by the deadline for fullest consideration.

  • The computer-delivered GRE* General Test is offered year-round.
  • The paper based test (PBT) is only offered in February, October and November. Plan accordingly.
  • If you will be taking a subject test, it must be taken by October 29, 2016. This test is only offered in paper format in September, October and April, plan accordingly.

An application is considered incomplete without these scores.

For more information about the GRE you can contact Educational Testing Service at 609-771-7670 or 866-473-4373, complete their contact form or email them directly.

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)

Applicants applying to the finance department may submit valid GMAT scores in place of GRE scores. GMAT scores are valid for five years. If you have questions about the validity of your GMAT scores, please contact GMAT. If GMAT is able to send your valid scores, we will accept them. The University will not accept expired or self-reported test scores, or copies of test takers reports. Although the Graduate School does not have a minimum score requirement, the department may have set its own.

When registering to take the GMAT, you must request that your scores be sent to Princeton University. Graduate Admission will update your submitted application checklist when the scores are received.

  • GMAT is offered on a monthly basis.

For more information, visit GMAT.