What Is Changing About Scoring
A New Score Scale that Makes It Easier for Schools to Compare Your Scores with the Scores of Other Candidates
If you’ve seen an official score report for the current test, or have friends who have taken the current test, then you know that the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections have a score scale of 200 – 800, reported in 10-point increments.
However, scores will look much different on the new score scale for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections of the GRE® revised General Test. The Analytical Writing section score scale will remain the same.
What you need to know about the new score scale
- Verbal Reasoning scores will be reported on a new 130 – 170 score scale, in 1-point increments (versus 200 – 800 in 10-point increments).
- Quantitative Reasoning scores will be reported on a new 130 – 170 score scale, in 1-point increments (versus 200 – 800 in 10-point increments).
- Analytical Writing scores will continue to be reported on the same 0 – 6 score level, in half-point increments.
What does the new score scale mean to you? It means that institutions will find it easier to compare your scores with the scores of other candidates. Here’s why:
- If you and another candidate have GRE revised General Test scores that differ by one or two score points, for example, then you and the other candidate performed similarly on the revised test.
- With the current test’s broader score scale, that same difference looks like a 10- or 20-point difference in score — which could look like a big difference.
Now small differences in scoring will look like small differences, while bigger differences will continue to stand out. That’s good news for you, and for the schools considering you.
Keep in mind that scores will continue to be valid for five years. If you need your scores by November 2011, early planning will be important.
The GRE® revised General Test is Coming
in August 2011
The GRE® General Test is Changing. Find Out What You Need to Know — and Why It’s Good News for You.
Starting August 1, 2011, the GRE® revised General Test will replace the current GRE General Test, giving the students the advantage of a better test experience — and new types of questions that help show their readiness for graduate-level work.
Here’s What You Can Expect from the GRE revised
- A new test-taker friendly design for the computer-based test that lets you edit or change your answers, skip questions and more, all within a section — giving you the freedom to use more of your own test-taking strategies. Another new feature: an on-screen calculator.* Learn more about the new test-taker friendly design.
- New types of questions in the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections, many featuring real-life scenarios that reflect the kind of thinking you’ll do in today’s demanding graduate and business school programs. Learn more about the new types of questions.
- Special savings of 50% when you take the GRE revised General Test between August 1 and September 30, 2011. The 50% discount means big savings for you — and another big advantage to taking the GRE revised General Test. Learn more about saving 50% on your test fee.
- Important score reporting information you need to know: If you take the GRE revised General Test during our special discount period of August – September 2011, your scores will be sent by mid-November. However, if you need your scores before November 2011, take the current test before August 2011. See the detailed score reporting schedule.
Something else to keep in mind when you receive your scores: The GRE revised General Test features a new score scale that can make it easier for schools to compare your GRE scores with the scores of other candidates. Learn more about the new score scale.
*For those taking the paper-based GRE revised General Test, calculators will be provided at the test center for use during the test.
Choosing Between the Current Test and the Revised Test
To help you decide which of the two tests to take, start by selecting which schools you’re most interested in, then find out when they need your scores. Different schools have different admissions deadlines, so knowing when your prospective schools need your scores is an important part of making the decision between the GRE General Test and the GRE revised General Test.
If you need scores before November 2011, start planning now. You will need to take the current test. You will want to register early to ensure you get a seat for your preferred date and location. If you take the current test in either a split-test administration or paper-based test location early planning is especially important.
If you don’t need scores until after November 2011, taking the GRE revised General Test is a smart move. With these new changes in place, the revised test will give you a better test experience — and offer an even better way to show schools that you’re ready for graduate-level work.
Make Sure You’re Ready for the GRE revised General Test.
Here Are Important Dates You Need to Know:
Table with important dates about the GRE revised General Test
- August 1: First day of testing for the GRE revised General Test
- August 1 – September 30: Save 50% on your test fee; if you test during this period, your scores will be sent by mid-November
- Normal score reporting resumes. Your score report will be sent 10 – 15 days after your test date
What You Can Do to Start Preparing Now
Even though the GRE revised General Test is coming August 1, 2011, there are a few ways you can start getting ready for it right now:
- Sign up now to get all the details you need to know about the GRE revised General Test with special test-taker news and information. Don’t miss out. Sign up today!
- Find out when you need your scores to decide which test is best for your timing:
If you need your scores before November 2011, register now to take the current test before August 1, 2011. If not, register for the GRE revised General Test starting on March 15, 2011 — and save 50% if you test between August 1 and September 30, 2011. Sign up to get important information about the launch of the revised test.
- Learn about the GRE revised General Test — what’s changing, and what those changes mean to you. Find out.
- Check out Sample Questions, tips for answering and general advice for each section available now:
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How is the GRE scored? – GRE Percentile Scores
GRE is a CAT (computer Adaptive Test). ie. if you perform well, then you will get harder questions and that will fetch you more marks. But, if you perform badly, then you will get easy questions that will fetch you lesser marks. So, it is always advisable that you pay a lot of attention to the firt 15 questions in the test.
Both of the Verbal and Quantitative Sections are scored on a scale of 200 to 800, in 10-point increments (it means that you may get a score of 610, but not 605). The total score ranges from 400 to 1600.
The Writing Section is scored separately in a different scale of 0 to 6.
How important are my GRE scores?
The GRE score is one of most important factors in the admission process because it is the common platform of evaluating you against the pool of applicants for the seats that you eye for. However, different schools have the different recruiting philosophy. Some schools consider it as a requirement only and weight GPA very heavily instead. The other schools regard the GRE scores as the single most important factor. Its advisable that you go to the individual college’s (the college that you wish to target) website and then check out the importance given to GRE.
GRE Score and Graduate School Admissions – Average GRE Scores
GRE scores matter. The weight placed on your GRE score in relation to the other factors that admissions committees consider (e.g. undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, relevant experience in your chosen field, etc) will vary from school to school and from program to program, but GREs are a necessary part of your application package. In addition, GRE scores are an important factor in the awarding of teaching and research assistantships and merit-based financial aid.
Can I cancel my scores?
You can surely cancel your GRE scores. But it is only effective right after the test on the test day. If you feel thta you ddi not perform well, you can cancel accepting the score and retake the exam. Most schools will consider the most recent three scores if you took the GRE more than three times.