How is GRE Scored

Three scores are reported on the GRE revised General Test:

 

• a Verbal Reasoning score reported on a 130 – 170 score scale, in 1-point increments

• a Quantitative Reasoning score reported on a 130 – 170 score scale, in 1-point increments

• an Analytical Writing score reported on a 0 – 6 score scale, in half-point increments

Any section in which you answer no questions at all will be reported as a No Score (NS).

 

For the questions in which multiple answers are required, all of the selections made must be correct in order to receive credit for answering the question correctly.

 

For the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections of the computer-based GRE, the scores are based on the number of correct responses to all the questions included in the operational sections (i.e. excluding test or research section) of the test.

 

The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections are section-level adaptive. This means the computer selects the second section of a verbal or quantitative category based on your performance on the first section of that category. Within each section, all questions contribute equally to the final score. For each of the two categories, a raw score is computed. The raw score is the number of questions you answered correctly.

 

Both the level of difficulty of the second section of each category and the number of questions answered correctly across the two sections of that category are factors that contribute to a test-taker's final scores for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning categories.

 

The raw score is converted to a scaled score through a process known as equating..

 

For the Analytical Writing section, each essay receives a score from two trained readers, using a six-point holistic scale.The pairs of scores assigned to each of the two essays are used to develop the final Analytical Writing score. A single score is reported for the Analytical Writing section.

 

The primary emphasis in scoring the Analytical Writing section is on your critical thinking and analytical writing skills rather than on grammar and mechanics. Read the "Issue" and "Argument" scoring guides below.

 

"Issue" Scoring Guide

"Argument" Scoring Guide

Score Level Descriptions

 

When do I get the result?

 

After completing the computer-based GRE revised General Test, you will see your unofficial scores for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning categories at the test center. Your official scores will be mailed approximately 10 – 15 days after your test date.

 

Once your official scores are reported, you can view your scores online free of charge through your "My GRE account".

 

How long after the test can I use my scores?

GRE scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested.