Taking the GRE test can be a daunting endeavour but when your hard work finally shows up on your GRE score report, it gives you an ultimate sense of satisfaction. Sometimes the GRE score report may leave you in a fix as understanding the report could be confusing at times. Therefore, if you want to prepare yourself well to understand how the GRE scores work and how you can use it, check the article below.
With the new temporary provision offered by ETS, the conducting body for GRE 2021, candidates, can appear for a GRE General Test at Home. Here, the candidates will be able to attempt the renowned global examination from their homes, if they meet the necessary requirements. Candidates who choose to appear for GRE General Test at Home will be able to check their GRE Scores or Test Results right after attempting the exam. However, official tests will be released by ETS via mail at a later date.
Your GRE raw scores depend on the number of questions you answer correctly.
For every correct answer, you will be awarded an increment in the score.
For every question that you leave unattended, you will not be assigned any score.
You will not be scored for incorrect answers.
If you mark more than one answer for a question, it will be considered as incorrect resulting in no increment in the score.
After calculating the total of your GRE raw score, they are converted to a scaled score through the process of equating.
The equating process equates the minor variations in the difficulty level among different test editions.
With the help of this process, a given scaled score reflects almost the same level of difficulty and ability.
This also implies that the same number of correct answers on different editions will not necessarily mean that the scaled score will be the same.
The following table shows the score scale for different sections of the GRE General Test. You must know that if you leave all questions of a particular measure (for eg. Verbal Reasoning, Analytical Writing or Quantitative Reasoning), you will receive NS (No Score) for that particular measure.
GRE General Test Measures
0 - 6 (in half-point increments)
130 - 170 (in one-point increments)
130 - 170 (in one-point increments)
A number of Business and Law schools including The University of Massachusetts, Lowell; Princeton University; Harvard University, etc. accept the GRE General Test. Even some departments and divisions within a school accept the test. In fact, many universities offer scholarships or fellowships on the basis of your GRE scores.
Each of the six GRE Subject Tests yields scores on a scale of 200 to 900 (200 being the least and 900 the highest).
The GRE Subject Test - Psychology and GRE Subject Test - Biology yield subscores on a score scale from 20 to 99 (20 being the least and 99 the highest) in one-point increments.
Each individual subscore scale of the test occupies only a portion of the score range of 20 to 99.
Thousands of graduate schools across the world accept the GRE Subject Test scores. Sometimes, the scores are required under some course-specific prerequisites but you can submit your scores anyway and the admission committee of your intended university will consider the results at the time of application assessment.
ETS uploads the score reporting schedules on its official website.
As per the schedule, you will receive an email notification stating that your official GRE scores are now available on your ETS Account.
You will have to visit your ETS account to view your scores.
If you want a printed copy of your official GRE score, you may use the online functionality in your ETS account to get a hard copy.
You can check a sample GRE test-taker score report to get a clearer idea.
You can either request your score review through your ETS Account or fax or mail a completed Score Review Request Form for the same.
In either case, you will have to make a payment of US$ 50.
Make sure that your score review form is received at ETS within 3 months from your test date.
Your official GRE Score Report is the report that is sent to concerned institutions. The GRE score report contains the following information:
Date of Birth
Intended Graduate Major
GRE Test Score(s) and the associated GRE Percentile Ranks
Fellowship Sponsors or Authorised Score Recipients
Cumulative Record of Scores within the last 5 years
NOTE: The GRE score reports that are sent to institutions do not contain any information about the other score recipients you have chosen.
The availability of the GRE scores depends on the type of GRE test you have taken. The days after which your official GRE scores will be made available on the ETS website vary for both, computer-delivered and paper-delivered GRE tests.
At the end of your computer-delivered GRE test, you are given an option to either Report (view) your scores or Cancel them.
If you select the Report option, you will be shown your unofficial GRE scores for Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning only as the questions are multiple-type questions.
For the Analytical Writing sections, the scores will not be shown in the end as they are assessed through an essay scoring process.
Your official GRE scores for the computer-delivered test are made available on the official website of ETS about 10 to 15 days after your test date.
Since the assessment of the paper-delivered GRE test takes more time than the computer-delivered test, the uploading of its scores takes more time than the latter.
Your official GRE scores for the Computer-Delivered GRE test are made available on your ETS account in approximately five weeks after your test date.
Your scores will be mailed to the score recipient that you designate during the GRE registration.
Like other standardised tests, GRE scores also have validity, which means that after a fixed period of time, the GRE scores are no longer considered valid and you will not be able to send them to your intended graduate school.
Your GRE scores will remain valid for five years following your testing date. For example, if you take your GRE test on 1st December 2019, your scores will be considered valid till 30 November 2024. After that, you will not be able to report your GRE scores. You can also calculate your GRE scores’ exact validity on the ETS website.
What is a good GRE score is a question that can not be answered while satisfying every kind of scenario. A good GRE score depends on the programme and school you have applied for. It also depends on the type of GRE test you have taken. The requirement for GRE scores varies from university to university and programme to programme.
For the Verbal Reasoning section of the GRE test, 150 is considered as an average score, whereas, 152 is considered as an average score for the GRE Subject Test - Mathematics. The GRE scores have two components that are GRE percentile rank and scaled score. The scale score for Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning ranges from 130 to 170 (with 130 being the least possible score and 170 the maximum). For Analytical Writing, the scale ranges from 0 to 6 (with 6.0 being the highest and 1.0 being the lowest).
The GRE Score Percentile, on the other hand, indicates the comparison of your GRE score with those of the other test-takers. Which means if your GRE percentile is 47, you have scored better than the 47 per cent of test-takers. The GRE percentile ranges from 1 to 99. If you score 6.0 on your essays (Analytical Writing), your GRE percentile will be 99.
The Score Select option gives you the provision to decide which test scores to send to graduate schools or institutions you designate. With the help of this option, you can choose whether you want to send the scores of the test you have recently taken or from all administrations of the GRE tests taken in the last 5 years.
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