How to Interpret and Calculate Your GRE Test Scores


The total marks or your combined GRE score ranges from 260-340. For the current GRE test pattern, there are three scores reported – the Verbal Reasoning score, the Quantitative score and the Analytical Writing score. The Verbal Reasoning score and the Quantitative score range between 130-170 each and contribute to your final combined GRE score. Your official GRE score also contains an Analytical Writing score reported on a 0-6 scale. Any section in which you answer no questions at all will be reported as a No Score (NS).

How are the Quant and Verbal sections scored?

The Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections are section-level adaptive. This means the computer selects the second 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 (verbal and quant), the number of questions you answered correctly makes up the raw score. The raw score is then converted to a scaled score through a process known as equating. This ensures that a 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.

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How is the Analytical Writing Score calculated?

The argument and issue essays are evaluated separately on a 6 point scale, by an e-rater (computer) and a trained human evaluator. If the human and the e-rater scores closely agree, the average of the two scores is used as the final score. If they disagree, a second human evaluates the essays, and the final score is the average of the two human scores. The final scores on the two essays are then averaged and rounded to the nearest half-point interval on the 0–6 score scale. A single score is reported for the Analytical Writing measure.


How to apply with your best GRE score?

Test takers who take the GRE test more than once can decide which GRE scores to use while applying to universities. The ScoreSelect® option can be used by anyone with reportable scores from the previous five years. But the scores for a test administration must be reported in their entirety. Institutions receive score reports that show only the scores that test takers selected to send to them. There are no special indications about other GRE attempts.

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How to compare your GRE and GMAT scores?

ETS has a free online tool that creates a comparable GMAT score from your GRE score. But this score is just an indicative representation of your GMAT and not an official conversion.


Average scores and Percentile rankings

Universities consider the percentile rankings of your GRE score as one of the means to evaluate your application. The tables below show the average scores and the percentile ranks (i.e., the percentages of test takers in a group who obtained scores lower than a specified score) in the GRE General Test. The table is based on all individuals who tested between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2018.






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