Understanding Your Scores

Your official GRE® Test-taker Score Report contains your:

  • Contact information (name, phone number and email)
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Intended graduate major
  • Test date(s)
  • GRE test score(s) and the associated percentile ranks
  • Authorized score recipients or fellowship sponsors and the scores reported to those institutions
  • Cumulative record of scores reported within the last five years

Official score reports sent to the institutions you designate include your:

  • Contact information (name, address, email address and phone number)
  • Intended graduate major
  • GRE test score(s) and the associated percentile ranks

Score reports sent to institutions will not include any information concerning the other score recipients you have chosen. Additionally, institution score reports include only the scores that you selected to send to them using the ScoreSelect® option. There will be no special indication if you have taken additional GRE tests. See a sample Graduate Institution score report.

Score Reporting

For individuals testing on or after July 1, 2016, GRE test scores are valid for five years after your test administration date. For example, scores for a test taken on September 17, 2016, are reportable through September 16, 2021.

For individuals who tested between August 1, 2011, and June 30, 2016, GRE test scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested (as indicated in the GRE® Information and Registration Bulletin from that testing year). For example, scores for a test taken on April 16, 2016, are reportable through June 30, 2021.

GRE scores earned in August 2011 are reportable until June 30, 2017.

Percentile Rank

Each GRE test score is reported with a corresponding percentile rank. A percentile rank for a score indicates the percentage of examinees who took that test and received a lower score. Regardless of when the reported scores were earned, the percentile ranks for Subject Test scores are based on the scores of all examinees who tested within a recent time period.

To learn more about how to interpret your GRE scores, download the PDFs below.

Subject Test Interpretive Data

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