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If you’re still deciding what to do, you have time because all GRE® scores are valid for five years. So, even if you tested before 2011, when the GRE revised General Test replaced the GRE General Test, you can still use your scores to apply to thousands of graduate and business school programs around the world. Below are some other important things you need to know about GRE® scores if you took the test before August 1, 2011!

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What you need to know if you tested before August 1, 2011

In August 2011, the GRE® revised General Test replaced the GRE® General Test. If you’re one of the many people who tested before August 1, 2011, you don’t have to worry. Your scores from July 1, 2009 to present are available as all GRE® scores are valid for five years.

Here are some other important things you need to know about GRE scores if you took the test before August 1, 2011:

What is the difference between the prior score scale and the score scale for the GRE revised General Test?

  • Before August 1st, 2011, test scores for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections were reported on a 200 — 800 score scale, in 10-point increments.
  • With the introduction of the GRE revised General Test, scores for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections are reported on a 130 — 170 score scale, in 1-point increments.
  • The score scale for the Analytical Writing section did not change. Scores are reported on a 0 — 6 score scale, in half-point increments.

Want to know more? Visit ets.org/gre and view how the test is scored.

To understand what your GRE General Test scores mean, download Interpreting Your GRE Scores.

Will the programs I'm applying to accept GRE scores from tests taken before August 1st, 2011?

Programs that accept GRE scores are aware that all official scores are valid for 5 years and should be considered with equal preference in their admissions decisions. Check with the individual institutions to which you are applying to learn about their specific admissions requirements.

Which graduate and business school programs accept GRE scores?

Thousands of graduate and business school programs around the world accept GRE scores for admissions. Here's the complete list of accepting schools and their official ETS code number. view list >

Considering an MBA? View the rapidly growing list of business schools that accept GRE scores at ets.org/gre.

How do I access my GRE scores?

  • View your scores online: Your scores will be available for 5 years after the testing year (July 1 — June 30) in which you tested.  
  • Receive your scores in the mail: Scores for the computer-delivered test were mailed to you approximately 15 days after your test date.
  • Hear scores over the phone: You can receive your scores by phone for a small fee.

Want to know more about receiving your scores? Visit ets.org/gre.

Can I send additional score reports to my prospective schools and use the ScoreSelect® option?

If you tested within the last five years, you can have your scores sent to as many schools as you like and use the ScoreSelect® option to send your scores. There's a fee for each additional report and you can order online, by mail, fax or phone. To learn more, visit ets.org/gre

I took the test before August 1st, 2011. How will my prospective schools compare my scores with scores from the GRE revised General Test?

Score reports include all the information schools need to compare scores from both the tests administered prior to August 1, 2011 and the GRE revised General Test. If you tested before August 1st, your score report will include estimated scores on the 130 — 170 score scales for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections, in addition to your scores on the prior 200 — 800 score scale. Score reports will also include percentile rank information for each section.

Plus, ETS provides concordance information, which shows the relationship between scores on both score scales.

I took the test before August 1st, 2011. Can I use my old test prep materials from the prior test format to prepare for the GRE revised General Test?

Since the GRE revised General Test features a new design and new question types, using prep from the prior test format is not recommended. The good news is FREE official test prep materials are available. learn more now>

If you need more information on the GRE General Test administered before August 1st, 2011, visit ets.org/gre.

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