Special Launch Issue

The GRE revised General TesteUPDATE

Exciting news:
The GRE® revised General Test is here!

Starting August 1, 2011, potential applicants all over the world filled test centers as part of the first administrations of the GRE® revised General Test. This launch marks an exciting time in the history of the GRE® Program — and is great news for the graduate and business school community and test takers worldwide.

As the biggest change in 60 years, the GRE revised General Test features new question types and a new score scale that can provide you with even more useful results. And it features a new friendly design that offers test takers a better test experience. With these and other enhancements, the most trusted assessment of graduate-level skills is now even better.

Better by design to help you make better admissions decisions.

The GRE revised General Test can provide results that even more closely reflect an applicant's potential for success at the graduate level — helping you make the best decisions for your program. Here's a quick review of what you can expect with the GRE revised General Test.

What's New Why This is Good News
New Question Types
Verbal Reasoning: More complex reasoning. No vocabulary out of context. Greater emphasis on higher-level cognitive skills.
Quantitative Reasoning: More real-life scenarios. Emphasis on data interpretation.
Analytical Writing: More focused responses to questions.
The test better mirrors the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills that students will use in graduate and business school.
New Score Scale
Verbal Reasoning: 130 – 170 score scale reported in 1-point increments
Quantitative Reasoning: 130 – 170 score scale reported in 1-point increments
Analytical Writing: score will continue to be reported on the same 0 – 6 score scale in half-point increments
There's more simplicity in distinguishing performance differences between candidates.
New Test-Taker Friendly Design
"Mark and review" feature to tag questions, so test takers can skip and return later within a section
Ability to change/edit answers within a section
On-screen calculator* for the Quantitative Reasoning section
The friendlier, more flexible test design allows test takers to take advantage of their own personal test-taking strategies and style and creates a more natural test experience.

*For those taking the paper-based GRE revised General Test, calculators will be provided at the test center for use during the test.

What test takers are saying around the world.

Now that your potential applicants are experiencing the new test-taker friendly design, they're sharing their feedback. Here's what they're saying:

"It is a great improvement over the old version, it is what students want. Moving back and forth is a pleasure and gives you flexibility." —Nakul Vyas, Mumbai, India

"Being able to flag questions and go back to them in the review section was really, really cool because I was able to go back and work on the questions that I wasn't sure about. And, I used the on-screen calculator a lot, it was really helpful." —Lindsey Todd, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.

Here's what's next: Scores start being reported in November.

Now that the test is here, the next step is to start receiving scores featuring the new score scale for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures. You can view the detailed score reporting schedule right now, so you'll know when scores will arrive based on the testing dates.

When you receive scores, concordance information will be included for applicants who tested prior to August 1, 2011, and concordance tables will be available online. These will help you get familiar with the new scale as you make your admissions decisions.

You can access other quick and easy resources about the new score scale today at our online Information Center, including our 7-minute video, "Understanding the New Score Scale," and our Score Scale brochure.

If you want more information about the changes introduced with the launch of the GRE revised General Test you can watch our 6-minute Overview video, which is easy to share with your colleagues, too. You can also participate in our "Getting Ready" webinar on August 30 — with a live Q&A session.

The GRE revised General Test is here — and we thank you for your support!

On behalf of ETS and the GRE Program, thank you for the support and helpful feedback we've received from the graduate and business school community since the launch announcement. We appreciate everything you've done to help make this launch a success — and for all the work you do for students all over the world.


The GRE revised General Test Team

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