A Closer Look at Scores

Making sure your scores are sent to the graduate or business schools you have designated is an important part of the application process. So is understanding how the test is scored and how the ScoreSelect® option can help you put your best scores forward. Read on for details.

How the GRE® revised General Test is Scored

After you take the GRE® revised General Test, you will receive three scores, one for each of the three test sections. For the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections, your raw score (number of correct answers) will be converted to the scaled score below, which adjusts for minor variations in difficulty. 

For the Analytical Writing section, at least one trained reader will score your essays using a six-point scale. Your scores will be based on the overall quality of each essay in response to the assigned task, with the primary emphasis on your critical thinking and analytical writing skills. The essay score is then reviewed by e-rater®, a computerized program developed by ETS. If the human and the e-rater® scores agree closely, the average of the two scores is used as the final score. If they disagree, a second human score is obtained, and the final score is the average of the two human scores.

Here’s a look at the score scale for each of the three sections.

Section Score Scale
Verbal Reasoning 130-170, in 1-point increments
Quantitative Reasoning 130-170, in 1-point increments
Analytical Writing 0-6, in half-point increments

Scores are good for five years after you take the test, which means if you are undecided on your future plans or want a chance to take the test again to better your score, you have plenty of time.

The ScoreSelect® Option

The GRE® revised General Test is the only admissions test that lets you decide which scores to send to graduate and business schools. So, you always have the option to take the test again and send only the scores you want schools to see. Here’s how it works:

On Test Day
You are not required to make any decisions on test day. However, when viewing your computer-delivered test scores, you will have the opportunity to select from the following options for each of your four FREE score reports:

  • Most Recent – Your scores from that day's test
  • All – Scores from all the tests you’ve taken in the last five years

After Test Day
After test day, you can send score reports to additional recipients for a fee by selecting:

  • Most Recent – Your scores from the most recent test
  • All – Scores from all the tests you’ve taken in the last five years 
  • Any – Scores from one or more of the tests you’ve taken in the last five years

Regardless of the option you choose, you must send all three scores – Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing – from each test date you select.

How Your Scores Are Sent 

  • The four FREE score reports included with your test are automatically sent to the programs you designated on or before test day as soon as the official scores are available in your My GRE® Account. 
  • At that point, you can also order additional score reports for a fee. 
  • Schools will see only the scores that you choose to send them; there will be no indication if you have taken additional GRE® tests.

When to Expect Your Official Scores

  • About 10 or 15 days after you take the computer-delivered GRE® revised General Test, you will receive an email from ETS that your official scores are available in your My GRE® Account, along with confirmation that your four FREE score reports have been sent to the schools you designated.
  • You can view and print scores for the paper-delivered test on your My GRE® Account approximately six weeks after your test date.

Viewing Unofficial Scores

After completing the computer-delivered GRE® revised General Test, you will be asked to Report or Cancel your scores. If you choose Report, you will immediately see your unofficial scores for Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. Because of the longer essay-scoring process, you will not be able to view your Analytical Writing score until you receive your official scores.

GRE® Subject Test Scores

As with the GRE® revised General Test, GRE® Subject Test scores are valid for five years. In addition, you can take a GRE® Subject Test more than once, then use the ScoreSelect® option to decide which scores to send to schools.

How the GRE® Subject Tests Are Scored

Scoring of the GRE® Subject Tests involves taking the raw score (the number of questions you answered correctly minus one-fourth the number of questions you answered incorrectly) and converting it to a scaled score, which adjusts for minor variations in difficulty.

Total scores are reported on a 200–990 score scale, in 10-point increments, although the score range for any particular Subject Test is usually smaller.

Some Subject Tests yield subscores that can indicate the strengths and weaknesses in an individual student's preparation and may also be useful for guidance and placement purposes. Subscores are reported for the Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; and Psychology Tests on a 20–99 score scale, in one-point increments, although the range for any particular GRE® Subject Test subscore is usually smaller.

Sending Your Scores

When you register for a GRE® Subject Test, you will be asked to designate which score recipients you want to receive your scores. You can also designate score recipients on your admission ticket correction stub.

When designating score recipients, you can select the Most Recent option and send scores from the GRE® Subject Test you are registering to take, or you can select the All option and send scores from all the times you have taken a GRE® Subject Test in the last five years. You can decide which option to use for each of your four free score reports.

Viewing Your Scores

About six weeks after your GRE® Subject Test date, you will receive an email from ETS that your official scores have been sent to your My GRE® Account and to your designated score recipients.

ScoreSelect® Option

After test day, you can order Additional Score Reports for a fee. At that time, you can choose to send scores from your Most Recent, All or Any test. Institutions will receive score reports that show only the scores that you selected. There will be no special indication if you have taken additional GRE® tests.

The ScoreSelect® option helps you approach test day with more confidence, knowing you can send the scores you feel show your personal best.

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