May/June 2012

The GRE revised General TesteUPDATE

Dear Colleague,

On April 24, 2012, the GRE® Program announced that it will be introducing the new ScoreSelectSM option in July 2012. The ScoreSelect option is designed to help GRE test takers approach test day with more confidence knowing they can send the scores they feel reflect their personal best.

The announcement is big news because it builds on the momentum which began in 2011 with the launch of the GRE® revised General Test, when test takers worldwide shared their enthusiasm for the new test-taker friendly design. These enhancements help even more people feel good about taking a step toward graduate or business school, which leads to more opportunity in their future.

This issue of eUPDATE gives you more information about the new ScoreSelect option as well as an update on the GRE revised General Test launch.


The GRE revised General Test Team


ETS expands test-taker friendly GRE revised General Test with new ScoreSelect option

Test takers can now select which test scores to send to graduate and business schools

Following the successful introduction of the GRE revised General Test, the GRE Program is now introducing the ScoreSelect option as one more enhancement to its more test-taker friendly platform. With the ScoreSelect option, GRE test takers can decide which test scores to send to the institutions they designate, so they can send the scores they feel reflect their personal best.

The ScoreSelect option, available starting in July 2012, builds on the momentum that started with the 2011 launch of the test-taker friendly GRE revised General Test, which test takers worldwide responded to with great enthusiasm. "The ScoreSelect option focuses on helping test takers succeed on the road to an advanced degree because they can approach test day with more confidence," says James Wimbush, Dean of the University Graduate School and Professor of Business Administration, Indiana University, and 2011–2012 GRE Board Chair.

"Adding enhancements, like the new ScoreSelect option, to our test-taker friendly platform helps people feel good about making a move toward graduate and business school, and that is what's most exciting about this announcement," says David Payne, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Higher Education Division at ETS. "Anytime we can make changes that improve test takers' testing experience and confidence to succeed, we create more opportunity for all students."

Test takers can now select from several options.

On test day, when viewing their scores at the test center*, they can select the:

  • ScoreSelect Most Recent option – Send their scores from their current test administration (FREE).
  • ScoreSelect All option – Send their scores from all test administrations in the last 5 years (FREE).

Test takers can decide which option to use for each of their 4 FREE score reports.

After test day, test takers can send Additional Score Reports for a fee and select:

  • ScoreSelect Most Recent option – Send their scores from their most recent test administration.
  • ScoreSelect All option – Send their scores from all test administrations in the last 5 years.
  • ScoreSelect Any option – Send their scores from one OR many test administrations in the last 5 years.

Scores for a test administration must be reported in their entirety.

"The ScoreSelect option for the GRE tests is an extension of ETS's long-standing strong commitment to enabling ever more individuals, both minority and majority, to take the next step toward graduate or business school, giving them invaluable additional opportunities for their future," says Michael Sullivan, Executive Director, STEM, Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University.

The new ScoreSelect option will be available for both the GRE revised General Test and GRE® Subject Tests, and can be used by anyone with reportable scores from the last five years. For more information on this new option and other GRE program offerings, including free test prep, visit

* Individuals taking the paper-based GRE revised General Test or a GRE Subject Test will select their options prior to test day.


Making admissions decisions using the new 130-170 score scales

For all applicants who take the GRE revised General Test, introduced in August 2011, graduate and business school programs will see their Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores reported on the new 130-170 score scales. The GRE Program has created several tools and resources to help schools become familiar with these new score scales.

The GRE® Guide to the Use of Scores is an excellent guide for all professionals involved in admissions decisions. The 2011‑12 edition is available on the GRE website now. This publication includes:

  • Overview of the GRE tests
  • Guidelines for the use of GRE scores
  • Considerations in score interpretation
  • Information on reporting and using GRE scores
  • Score interpretation and statistical information
  • Statistical tables
    • Concordance tables
    • Percentile rank tables
    • Test reliability
    • Standard errors of measurement
  • Analytical Writing score level descriptions

The 2012-13 edition of the GRE Guide to the Use of Scores will be available on the GRE website in July 2012, featuring updated statistical tables. In addition, the 2012-13 edition will include GRE revised General Test score data by broad intended graduate major field.

To further expand your familiarity with GRE scores and best practices, be sure to view these helpful resources:

  • On-demand webinar, Understanding and Using the New GRE® Score Scales – This 15-minute presentation provides an in-depth look at the score scale changes, comparing candidates on the prior and current score scales and best practices for using GRE scores
  • GRE® Comparison Tool for Business Schools – This easy-to-use online tool was designed to help business school admissions officers who are newer GRE score users understand GRE scores in the context of GMAT® Total scores

6 ways to leverage the GRE momentum for your institution right now

GRE test volumes were at an all-time high in 2011 and more and more people are taking the GRE revised General Test to pursue graduate and business degrees. In fact, here are some interesting statistics about the 2011 GRE testing volumes:

  • 2011 represented the largest testing year in GRE history, with more than 700,000 GRE revised General Tests taken
  • U.S. volume increased nearly 10% from 2010
  • Volume outside U.S. increased nearly 25% over 2010
    • Growth recorded throughout the world, including Europe, Africa and other regions
    • China saw a noteworthy 28% increase in test volume
    • India saw a 43% increase
  • About 3,000 institutions accept GRE scores for a wide array of advanced degree programs and that number continues to grow dramatically throughout the world
    • In fact, more than 800 business schools now accept GRE scores for their MBA programs, including over 80% of the top 100 MBA programs in the U.S. according to U.S. News & World Report rankings

Here are 6 ways to be sure your institution is getting the most out of being a GRE score user:

  1. Check that your institution is included in the official global list of GRE score users and, if appropriate, on our list of business school score users.
  2. Be sure prospective applicants KNOW you accept GRE scores...Post this handy GRE icon with your admissions criteria, and link it to
  3. Use the GRE® Search Service, powered by Hobsons, to directly reach GRE test takers. Available ONLY to degree-granting graduate and business schools and non-degree granting organizations that award fellowships and scholarships, it is a powerful database of people who have taken a major, decisive step toward pursuing graduate or business school — and opted-in to hear from programs like yours. Learn more at the June 14 webinar or at
  4. Ask prospective applicants to submit ETS® Personal Potential Index (ETS® PPI) Evaluation Reports to round out their admissions portfolio. The ETS PPI is a convenient and easy-to-use, web-based, multi-rater system for evaluating the core personal attributes (such as teamwork and resilience) of applicants. The ETS PPI is free to institutions — and all GRE test takers receive 4 free ETS PPI reports as part of their GRE registration fee. Learn more.
  5. Tell the GRE Program about upcoming student fairs and recruitment events on your campus so we can promote them on the official GRE revised General Test page on Facebook. Send your information to
  6. Have your admissions staff attend a free GRE campus regional meeting for academic professionals. Contact to find out if there is a regional meeting scheduled for your area.
  • The GRE Program conducts a number of full-day GRE Test Preparation Workshops for Campus Educators each year. The next workshop will be held on October 1, 2012, in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. Learn more.
  • The GRE Program is also introducing updated and expanded test preparation materials this year to help test takers get ready, such as:
    • POWERPREP® II Software: Version 2.0, available July 2012
    • The Official Guide to the GRE® revised General Test, 2nd edition, available August 2012
  • More information will be on the GRE website when these become available.
  • New "3 Easy Ways" pocket guide is a great way to find out how to get more out of being a GRE score user. View PDF now.
  • The new GRE revised General Test brochure for score users provides an overview of the test, including test content, score reporting information and more. View PDF now.
  • View upcoming GRE events.
  • Visit the Information Center for helpful tools, tips and guidelines that will help prepare you and your students.
  • Plus, we have a Helpline where you can send in your questions about the GRE revised General Test. Contact:

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