ETS Subject Test Information
A list of some key things to look for while visiting the ETS website ets.org
1) How to register for the exam.
2) Registration deadlines and exam dates.
3) How much it costs to take the exam.
4) Previously administered sample tests (one for each subject test).
5) A general overview of the material covered on each of the different exams.
6) Basic test taking strategies.
7) What you should bring on test day.
8) What you can’t bring on test day.
9) How they score the exam.
I. SOFTWARE SYSTEMS AND METHODOLOGY — 40%
A. Data organization
* Data types
* Data structures and implementation techniques
B. Program control and structure
* Iteration and recursion
* Procedures, functions, methods, and exception handlers
* Concurrency, communication, and synchronization
C. Programming languages and notation
* Constructs for data organization and program control
* Scope, binding, and parameter passing
* Expression evaluation
D. Software engineering
* Formal specifications and assertions
* Verification techniques
* Software development models, patterns, and tools
* Compilers, interpreters, and run-time systems
* Operating systems, including resource management and protection/security
* Networking, Internet, and distributed systems
* System analysis and development tools
II. COMPUTER ORGANIZATION AND ARCHITECTURE — 15%
A. Digital logic design
* Implementation of combinational and sequential circuits
* Optimization and analysis
B. Processors and control units
* Instruction sets
* Computer arithmetic and number representation
* Register and ALU organization
* Data paths and control sequencing
C. Memories and their hierarchies
* Performance, implementation, and management
* Cache, main, and secondary storage
* Virtual memory, paging, and segmentation
D. Networking and communications
* Interconnect structures (e.g., buses, switches, routers)
* I/O systems and protocols
E. High-performance architectures
* Pipelining superscalar and out-of-order execution processors
* Parallel and distributed architectures
III. THEORY AND MATHEMATICAL BACKGROUND — 40%
A. Algorithms and complexity
* Exact and asymptotic analysis of specific algorithms
* Algorithmic design techniques (e.g. greedy, dynamic programming, divide and conquer)
* Upper and lower bounds on the complexity of specific problems
* Computational complexity, including NP-completeness
B. Automata and language theory
* Models of computation (finite automata, Turing machines)
* Formal languages and grammars (regular and context free)
C. Discrete structures
Elementary combinatorics and graph theory
Discrete probability, recurrence relations, and number theory
IV. OTHER TOPICS — 5%
Example areas include numerical analysis, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, cryptography, security, and social issues.
Note: Students are assumed to have a mathematical background in the areas of calculus and linear algebra as applied to computer science.
Sample ETS Computer Science GRE Subject Tests
GRE: Practicing to Take the Computer Science Test (ISBN:0317568833) – December, 1986
GRE: Practicing to Take the Computer Science Test (ISBN:0446396281) – November 1997
GRE: Practicing to Take the Computer Science Test (ISBN:0886851912) – November 1997
PDF download of the computer science GRE (GR9629)
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