Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Your GRE Score

Practicing free GRE test questions on ETS’s official GRE website or on Grockit is a great way to familiarize yourself with the content, but you’ll also need a comfort-level with the revised format to take a bad GRE score to a good GRE score. Here are the top ten things you’ll need to know about the GRE scoring to add a great GRE score to your graduate school application.

  • The AWA scoring is between 0-6.

    This remains unchanged from the old GRE. You’ll still writing two essays, which will be scored in .5 increments by two graders. You will receive “NS” or no score, if you do not type any text. You will receive 0 if you write in a foreign language, or completely off-task.

  • Verbal and Quantitative are on a 130-170 scale.

    The scaled score on the GRE is the most noticeable difference between the older GRE and the revised GRE (as of August 2011). The scaled score is in increments of 1 point. (Previously, the GRE scaled score was between 200-800).

  • Official scores will be received 10-15 days after the test.

    On Test Day, you will receive an “unofficial” score, but you can view your official scores a couple weeks later for free online by creating a “My GRE Account” here.

  • It costs $12 to get your score by phone.

    If for some reason you cannot create an account online, you can call  1-609-771-7290 or  1-888-473-7267 toll free and pay the $12 by debit or credit card. It’s much easier to create the “My GRE Account” if you can!

  • Scores are valid for five years.

    The Revised GRE test scores are cumulative and reportable for five years after the testing year in which you tested (July 1 – June 30). So, for example, if you took the test in May of 2012, your score would be valid until June 30th, 2017.

  • A cancelled score does not appear on record.

    Remember that if you view your “unofficial” score at the GRE testing center, you cannot then choose to cancel it. You must cancel before seeing your score, and if you cancel your score will not be reported to any score recipients and you will not receive a refund.

  • Be familiar with the percentiles.

    The GRE offers tables showing the percentile equivalents for all scaled scores here. This will help you understand where your scaled score falls percentage-wise.

  • There are two Verbal sections and two Quantitative sections that are scored.

    There is also an additional unscored section, which may be Verbal, Quantitative, or AWA. Don’t try to guess which section is the experimental unscored section – it can appear in any order. Treat all sections as if they are scored.

  • The “research” section, if you do see it, is not scored.

    This is separate from the “unscored” section, and may or may not appear on your GRE. If it does appear, it will always come last in the test and unlike the unscored section, will obviously not be similar to the scored sections.

  • You must answer every question.

    The Revised GRE allows you to mark questions and return to them later, skipping around within a section. Make sure that you still answer all 20 questions within each section. Don’t forget about ones that you skipped or your score will be negatively impacted!

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  • AI_Aspirant

    I have a score of 159V, 160 Q, AWA 4.5 for GRE and a TOEFL of 112/120. Additionally i have over 7 years of experience in IT with 3 years in US. Are my GRE scores competitive for the top 10 programs. I intend to go for MS with Research or Phd.