APRIL 2010

The GRE revised General TesteUPDATE

Dear Colleague,

There are many enhancements and changes coming with the launch of the GRE® revised General Test in 2011 — including test questions, test design and score scale. Rest assured, we're dedicated to helping make the transition to the revised test an easy one.

That's why this issue's Top Story focuses on several ways we're helping prepare the graduate community for the revised test — starting with the expansion of our GRE® Client Relations team. This team has been communicating with members of the graduate community and, in this issue, provides answers to several key questions about the revised test. Enjoy!


The GRE revised General Test Team


Here to Help:
Introducing the GRE® Client Relations Team

The GRE revised General Test features content that more closely aligns with the skills needed to succeed in graduate and business school. Since the revised test can help graduate and business programs make even more informed candidate selections, it's important that you learn what's different about the test — its content, design and the score scale.

To help you better understand the revised test, ETS has expanded the GRE Client Relations team to provide assistance to members of the graduate community through the launch of the GRE revised General Test. This team will be going on the road during 2010 – 2011 to visit campuses through regional outreach, as well as speaking at professional conferences, giving you the opportunity to participate in live Q&A sessions at events throughout the year ahead.

And they're already hard at work. The GRE Client Relations team has been responding to questions from the graduate community to help make it easier when the revised test goes into effect in August 2011.

A sampling of these questions — and the answers — are in the link below. As always, if you have questions, please contact our Helpline at GREhelpline@ets.org.



Our newest video focuses on the content changes that are part of the GRE revised General Test. From new Text Completions and Sentence Equivalence questions in the Verbal Reasoning measure to new question types and real-life scenarios in the Quantitative Reasoning measure, you'll get a closer look at how the GRE revised General Test measures the skills needed to succeed in graduate and business school.
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Attention GRE Score Recipients:
The New GRE Record Layout Will Become Effective June 1, 2010.

The new record layout, going into effect on June 1, 2010, was created to help ETS provide richer information about the applicant to GRE score recipients, as well as accommodate changes needed for the 2011 launch of the revised test.

This new record layout is going into effect prior to the launch to help minimize future system changes for our score recipients, and help ensure a smooth transition to the new record layout. However, in preparation for the launch, several filler fields on the record layout may be converted to new fields. We'll notify score recipients well before these changes occur.

For your convenience, score recipients can access the 2010 – 2011 GRE Optional Score Reporting Record Layout at www.ets.org/gre/2010recordlayout. Please note that institutions that get scores electronically should have received either a sample 2010 – 2011 data file via SCORELINK® Internet delivery service or a CD containing a similar file earlier this month that may be used for end-to-end process testing. If you're a score recipient and need this information sent to you again, please contact us immediately at gre.esr@ets.org.


In our May issue, we'll feature additional information on understanding the Verbal and Quantitative score scale changes, including a sneak peek at the layout for the new GRE score report, which will be sent starting November 2011.

ETS also is participating in several important upcoming conferences, which offer you a great opportunity to learn about the GRE revised General Test. For a complete schedule of conferences and events, please visit our Information Center.


We offer two additional resources for information on the GRE revised General Test, launching in 2011.

Our Information Center contains helpful tools, tips and guidelines that will help prepare you and your students.
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We also have a Helpline where you can send in your questions about the GRE revised General Test, launching in 2011.


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