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GRE® Score Reporting Policies

ScoreSelect® Option

With the ScoreSelect® option, test takers who retake a GRE® test can decide which GRE scores to send to designated institutions. This option is available for both the GRE® General Test and the GRE® Subject Tests and can be used by anyone with reportable scores from the last five years. Scores for a test administration must be reported in their entirety. Institutions receive score reports that show the scores that test takers selected to send to them. There are no special notations to indicate whether or not other GRE tests have been taken.

Reportable Scores

Current GRE Board policy states that:

  • For tests taken on or after July 1, 2016, scores are reportable for five years following the individual's test date.
  • For tests taken prior to July 1, 2016, scores are reportable for five years following the testing year in which the individual tested.

Departments and programs should not use scores that are older than five years due to changes in ability that may occur over extended periods of time.

Approved Score Recipients

Score reports are sent to test takers and to institutions of higher education granting baccalaureate or higher degrees, to approved graduate fellowship-granting sponsors designated by the test takers and to vendors the score recipients might designate to process the scores they receive. Score reports are also available to approved GRE score recipients in the ETS® Data Manager.

Score Reporting Time Frames

Score reports for the computer-delivered GRE General Test are sent to institutions and available in the ETS Data Manager approximately 10–15 days after the test date. Score reports for the paper-delivered GRE General Test and Subject Tests are sent to institutions and available in the ETS Data Manager approximately five weeks after the test date.

Revising Reported GRE Scores

ETS routinely follows extensive review and quality control procedures to detect and avoid flawed questions and consequent errors in scoring. Nonetheless, occasionally an error is discovered after scores have been reported. Whenever this happens, the specific circumstances are reviewed carefully, and a decision is made about how best to take corrective action that is fairest to all concerned. Revised scores reported during the current year are reported directly to graduate, business and law schools and graduate fellowship sponsors as well as to students because such scores are likely to be part of current applications for admission. Revisions to scores reported in the previous five years are sent to the affected students, who may request that ETS send the revised scores to any graduate, business and law schools or fellowship sponsors still considering their applications.

Confidentiality of Information

The GRE Program recognizes the right of institutions as well as individuals to privacy with regard to information supplied by and about them. ETS therefore safeguards from unauthorized disclosure all information stored in its data or research files. Information about an institution (identified by name) will be released only in a manner consistent with a prior agreement, or with the consent of the institution.