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The GRE® Tests

Completing your view of applicant strengths

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Score reporting

Three scores are reported on the GRE General Test:


Section Score 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).

With the ScoreSelect® option, test takers who retake a GRE test can decide which GRE scores from the last 5 years to send to designated institutions. Institutions receive score reports that show the scores that test takers selected to send to them. There are no special notations to indicate whether other GRE tests have been taken.

Receiving scores

Scores are available approximately 10–15 days after the test date and are reportable for 5 years following the individual's test date.

We have reduced the score delivery time frame for test takers taking the shorter GRE from 10–15 days to 8–10 days after the test date. Score users may also receive scores faster than 10–15 days depending upon which delivery method they have chosen.

The fastest way for institutional score users to receive scores is through the ETS® Data Manager, a secure web-based system that provides fast, convenient score report viewing/printing capabilities. It is updated twice per week and scores are available in the system for as long as scores are valid. Approved GRE score users can also view test takers' Analytical Writing responses, which are authentic samples of an applicant's writing, in the ETS Data Manager.


My program no longer wants to receive paper score reports. How do I discontinue paper score reporting?

If you would like ETS to stop sending paper reports to your institution, please have your school's designated central GRE score recipient or the Dean of the Graduate School contact ETS Code Control at

How the sections of the test are scored

For a detailed look at how the GRE General Test measures are scored, download the GRE® Guide to the Use of Scores (PDF). You can also access Analytical Writing scoring guides and score level descriptions.