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GRE® eUpdate

October 2013



Dear Colleague,

With the busy recruiting season in full swing and the next admissions cycle in clear sight, this issue of GRE® eUpdate highlights important changes to the GRE® Program for the July 2013–June 2014 testing year, and much more. You can put this helpful information to use today and throughout the year. Share it with your colleagues, too!


The GRE Program Team


Great News and New Tools to Share with Prospective GRE Test Takers

The GRE Program has introduced some nice enhancements for test takers. Pass this information on to prospective graduate and business school candidates and also encourage them to download the current GRE® Bulletin (PDF) to get all the details about GRE test registration, test preparation, test day, score reporting and more for the 2013–14 testing year. Here are some of the highlights:

Test Preparation: Prospective test takers can access the new version 2.1 of the POWERPREP® II software, which is both Mac®- and PC-compatible, to help with their test preparation. The free software includes two full-length practice tests and is as close to the actual test-taking experience as one can get. Campus-based educators and advisors can also download the free software to make it accessible to students. Two new GRE® Success Starter videos are also now available. These short videos are a great way for test takers to get started. Learn more about these and the full array of official test prep for prospective test takers at

Paperless Score Reporting: GRE test-taker score reports are now paperless! Effective July 2013, test takers have access to view their official Examinee Score Report online. About 10 to 15 days after their computer-based test (and about six weeks after their paper-based test), test takers are notified via email that their scores are ready online. They simply access their My GRE® Account to view their scores. Test takers can also use the new on-demand, print-friendly functionality to print an official Examinee Score Report for free. ETS will continue to send official Institution Reports, directly from ETS, in a secure fashion to institutions in their preferred format.

Retaking the Test Policy: Individuals can now retake the computer-based GRE® revised General Test as frequently as once every 21 days, up to five times within any continuous rolling 12-month period. Individuals can take the paper-based GRE revised General Test and GRE Subject Tests as often as they are offered. While the total number of testing opportunities has not changed, the shorter 21-day window allows individuals to retake the test more quickly to better meet approaching application deadlines.

New Customer Support Centers for Test Takers in India and Korea: As the number of individuals taking a GRE test for graduate or business school continues to rise, the GRE Program has opened new customer support centers for test takers in India and Korea. The new GRE Customer Service Centers provide assistance and information for individuals registering, preparing for or planning to take the GRE revised General Test or a GRE Subject Test. Questions about test preparation materials, test centers and dates, score reports and other test-related inquiries can be answered by call center staff.

Individuals in India may call the new GRE Customer Support Center toll-free at 000-800-100-4072, Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. IST. In addition, inquiries can be sent via email to

Individuals in Korea may call the new GRE Customer Support Center toll-free at 080-808-0230, Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. KST. In addition, inquiries can be sent via email to

News and Tools for GRE Score Users

The GRE Program is committed to providing information to score users to assist in proper score use. Now is a great time to review these essential materials. These recently updated, complimentary resources, designed especially for graduate and business schools that use GRE scores, can help you make the best admissions decisions:

2013–14 Guide to the Use of Scores (PDF): A must read for any program using GRE scores, the Guide provides easy access to GRE score interpretation data, best practices in GRE score use and more. This new edition features updated percentile information for GRE tests and updated interpretative data by broad major field, which helps score users compare applicants to others likely to be most similar to them in educational goals.

A Balanced Approach to GRE Score Use (PDF): Learn how you might be missing valuable candidates in various subgroups (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender) if your program uses a cut point for GRE scores. The analyses in this publication are based on examinees who took the GRE revised General Test.

GRE Comparison Tool for Business Schools: Introduced in July, this enhanced Comparison Tool now gives users the ability to predict scores for the GMAT® Verbal and Quantitative sections from GRE scores. The tool's prediction model has been updated based on empirical data collected from test takers who took both the GRE revised General Test and the GMAT exam. The ability to predict GMAT scores has improved — with a higher correlation between the GRE and GMAT exams resulting in smaller confidence intervals — and business schools are likely to see differences in the predicted GMAT scores compared to those obtained with the previous tool. With the increasing number of applicants submitting GRE scores to business programs, we believe this enhanced tool will provide added value.

You will find additional helpful resources to assist you in appropriately using GRE scores at


GRE Program Honors Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education Award Winners

Each year, the GRE Program recognizes excellence and innovation in graduate education by giving out several prestigious awards. Award winners are determined by the organizations that jointly sponsor these award programs with ETS.

Click on the award name below for details about each one including eligibility requirements, deadlines, past winners and more.

Congratulations to all past winners!


Recruitment Corner

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TIP! Publicize your school's recruitment events on the official GRE page on Facebook®. Just send your event details (event name, location, date/time and link for more information) one month in advance to We will share them with the GRE test-taker community on Facebook. Take advantage of this free, extra publicity!


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