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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.

Note: The GRE® Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology (BCM) Test was discontinued in December 2016. Test scores will continue to be reportable for five years after the testing year (July 1–June 30) in which the examinee tested.

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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