Understanding your new GRE scores

When you are taking the GRE, it is important that you understand the score scale. Ever since the GRE revised general test has come into existence, the changed score scale has confused some test takers. However, understanding your new GRE scores is not all that complicated.

The GRE revised General Test is scored in the following way:

  • Verbal reasoning on a 130-170 score scale, in one point increments
  • Quantitative reasoning on a 130-170 score scale, in one point increments
  • Analytical Writing on a 0-6 score scale, in half-point increments

The reported scores are based on the number of correct responses to the questions in each section. Both verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections are section-level adaptive. This means that the questions in the second section of each subject area is dependent on your performance in the first section. The raw score is then calculated for each of the sections which is then converted to a scaled score.

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For the Analytical Writing section, the essays are scored from atleast one trained reader on a six-point scale. It is also reviewed by a computerized program. The final score is determined when the human score and computer score agree on a common score. If not, another reader evaluates the score. The final scores on both the essays are then given out on a 0-6 scale. For more details, visit here.

Your new GRE test score is also accompanied with a percentile rank. This tells you about your performance compared to other examinees. This rank tells you the percentage of test takers who have received a lower score than you. The percentile ranks are based on the performance of test takers within a recent time period.

On the old GRE (tests taken before August 1, 2011), the score scale was radically different. Both the quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning sections were scored on a 200-800 scale with 10 point increments. Naturally, people who are applying to colleges with their old scores have a hard time figuring out the new GRE score scale.

We have written a blog to help you understand old GRE to new GRE score conversion. So, if you have taken the old GRE, the concordance table provided in the blog will help you figure out where you stand on the new GRE score scale.

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