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The GRE® General Test

One test for graduate, business and law school

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Understanding Your GRE General Test Scores

How the test is scored

Learn about how each of the measures on the GRE General Test is scored.

Your reported scores on the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures are based on the number of correct responses to all the questions included in the operational sections of the measure.

The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning measures are section-level adaptive. This means the computer selects the second operational section of a measure based on your performance on the first section. Within each section, all questions contribute equally to the final score.

For each of the two measures, a raw score is computed. The raw score is the number of questions you answered correctly.

The raw score is converted to a scaled score through a process known as equating. The equating process accounts for minor variations in difficulty among the different test editions as well as the differences in difficulty introduced by the section-level adaptation. Thus, a given scaled score for a particular measure reflects the same level of performance regardless of which second section was selected and when the test was taken.

Analytical Writing essay responses are evaluated on a 6-point holistic scale, including receiving a score from the e-rater® scoring engine, a computerized program developed by ETS that is capable of identifying essay features related to writing proficiency. In holistic scoring, scores are assigned on the basis of the overall quality of an essay in response to the assigned task. A single score is reported for the Analytical Writing measure. Read the "Issue" and "Argument" scoring guides and the Analytical Writing Score Level Descriptions.

All essay responses on the Analytical Writing section are reviewed by trained analysts using ETS essay similarity detection software and by experienced content experts. For more information, see the section on Cancellation of Scores by ETS in the GRE® Information Bulletin (PDF) GRE® Information Bulletin (PDF)(2024-25).

Score interpretation resources

The following resources will help you gain a better understanding of what your scores mean and how we advise institutions to use them.