GRE Chemistry


The GRE General Test tests the general verbal, mathematical and analytical skills developed in a student during his undergraduate education. It is a good measure of how a child is comprehensively, but it does not say anything about the subject specific capabilities of a student. In case a student has to take up a particular subject in graduation then the scores of the general test do not help the admission authorities in determining the merits of the student. For this purpose the Subject Tests come in handy. These tests quantify the abilities of a student pertaining to specific subjects and they are administered for eight subjects.

The Chemistry test of GRE is meant for examining what potential a student has for undertaking studies in chemistry at the graduation level. In order to register for a Chemistry subject test you will have to find a center in which the paper based test is administered, since the subject tests are only administered in the paper based format. You must register for the test as soon as you make up your mind as the test centers fill up quickly. Furthermore, it is only when you register for the test that you will be in a frame of mind to prepare for the test. Before you start with the preparation it is vital to know the format and the syllabus of the Chemistry subject test.

In this test there are 136 multiple choice questions. These questions are related with four main fields of chemistry: Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. Questions of analytical chemistry make up 15% of the test and the main topics related with this are data acquisition and use of statistics, solutions and standardization, homogeneous equilibria, heterogeneous equilibria, instrumental methods, environmental applications and radiochemical methods.

Questions of inorganic chemistry constitute 25% of the test and the main topics covered under this classification are general chemistry, ionic substances, covalent molecular substances, metals and semiconductors, concepts of acids and bases, chemistry of the main group elements, chemistry of the transition elements and special topics including organometallic chemistry, catalysis, bioinorganic chemistry, applied solid-state chemistry and environmental chemistry.

Questions of organic chemistry constitutes 30% of the test and the main topics under this are structure, bonding and nomenclature, functional groups, reaction mechanisms, reactive intermediates, organometallics and special topics including resonance, molecular orbital theory, catalysis, acid-base theory, carbon acidity, aromaticity, antiaromaticity, macromolecules, lipids, amino acids, peptides, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, terpenes, asymmetric synthesis, orbital symmetry and polymers

Questions based on physical chemistry make up 30% of the test and cover thermodynamics, quantum chemistry and applications to spectroscopy and dynamics.

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