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.
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.