GRE® Scores

GRE® General Test Scores

The score scales for the GRE® General Test are as follows:

SectionScore 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® 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:

  • GRE® Guide to the Use of Scores — Contains interpretation information to assist score users, summarizes the considerations for appropriate use of GRE test scores and encourages institutions to use GRE scores appropriately.
  • The Research Foundation for the GRE® revised General Test: A Compendium of Studies — A comprehensive collection of the extensive research efforts and other activities that led to the successful launch of the GRE General Test in August 2011. Summaries of nearly a decade of research as well as previously unreleased information about the revised test cover a variety of topics, including the rationale for revising the test, the development process, test design, score scales, automated scoring, validity, fairness and accessibility.
  • A Comprehensive Review of Published GRE® Validity Data — Summarizes validity studies of the GRE General Test measures.

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