GRE® Scores

The GRE® revised General Test was introduced in August 2011, making the most trusted assessment of graduate-level skills even better. When developing the GRE revised General Test, significant changes were made to the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures. As such, professional standards required us to change the score scales for those measures.

GRE revised General Test Scores
(for tests taken on or after August 1, 2011)

The score scales for the GRE revised General Test, which are designed to provide more simplicity in distinguishing performance differences among applicants, are as follows:

Section Score Scale
Verbal Reasoning 130–170, in 1-point increments
Quantitative Reasoning 130–170, in 1-point increments
Analytical Writing 0–6, in half-point increments

Any section in which the test taker answers no questions at all is reported as a No Score (NS).

GRE® General Test Scores
(for tests taken prior to August 1, 2011)

Section Score Scale
Verbal Reasoning 200–800, in 10-point increments
Quantitative Reasoning 200–800, in 10-point increments
Analytical Writing 0–6, in half-point increments

For test taken prior to August 1, 2011, score reports include a test-taker's Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores on the prior 200–800 scales as well as estimated Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores on the current 130–170 score scales. Analytical Writing scores are reported on a 0–6 scale.

GRE® Subject Test Scores

The GRE® Subject Tests report one total score on a 200–990 score scale, in 10-point increments, although the score range for any particular Subject Test is usually smaller.

Subscores are reported for the Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; and Psychology tests on a 20–99 score scale, in one-point increments, although the range for any particular Subject Test subscore is usually smaller.

Test Fairness and Score Use

At ETS we rely on a rigorous internal system of checks and balances to ensure fairness and validity of GRE tests and scores. Our Research and Development team conducts surveys, committee work, extensive data analysis and a variety of studies that focus on measurements, evaluations and comparisons. For more information, see the following documents:

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